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Here we go again…
NASA publishes through its official channels an apparently unusual image, and some people jump to the conclusion that it’s a UFO or mysterious. Then the agency is accused of covering up the truth.
The latest is from NASA’s SECCHI spacecraft (Sun Earth Connection Coronal and Heliospheric Investigation) which photographs the Sun’s surface. SECCHI’s telescopes caught a “huge sphere” passing in front of the Sun that some claim shows a UFO exploring our solar system or the mythical planet Nibiru.
News about this “blue spherical object” went viral thanks to the tabloids (The Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Mail) and the Russian-based, RT.com, all of whom [are on our Beyond Doubtful list] wasted no time copying/pasting the same “facts” without examining the claims, suggesting a reasonable explanation, or asking any experts.
The image has a very normal explanation. It’s a glitch. The STEREO Image Artifacts page reveals the explanation:
Not everything visible in STEREO images is related to the Sun or the solar atmosphere. Some features are caused by the telescope optics, the cameras used to capture the images, or how the STEREO spacecraft are operated. These features can be quite confusing, and require some explanation.
NASA also explains:
On rare occasions, the SECCHI image processor onboard STEREO becomes overloaded, and produces corrupted images. Generally, these take the form of images from one telescope processed as if they were from another telescope. Because the images from the Heliospheric Imager (HI) telescopes are built up from a large number of exposures added together, this sometimes results in “double exposures”, where data from several telescopes appear in the same image.
Here is a comparison between the “sphere” spotted by Ahead HI1 telescope and the Sun taken by Ahead EUVI 171 telescope.
The mysterious “sphere” is just a glitch. That’s all. Although fascinating, the images were not mysterious. It’s useless to be surprised at this blowup of speculation, the media know people love the mystery angle and consider the truth boring. That’s unfortunate they miss the Sun staring them right in the face.