Old 14th December 2003, 04:36   #1
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Strange Sighting on the Sun


Anyone who has ever sat back and found imaginary animals in the clouds will enjoy this view of the Sun. A visitor to the website of the SOHO spacecraft found Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in naturally dark regions of the solar surface.
In the image at right, SOHO scientists have drawn an outline of the shape for anyone who might have trouble finding it.

Peter Kuklok of Germany found the shape. SOHO scientists, in releasing it to the public this week, said "we could not resist sharing it with everyone else."

The image is green because SOHO records electrogmagnetic radiation at various wavelengths. This view is of extreme ultraviolet light. The dark region in question is a substantial coronal hole, a part of the Sun where solar particles are following open magnetic field lines out into space. Like sunspots, coronal holes develop and change over time.

Coronal holes can send enough particles into space to generate minor geomagnetic disturbances at Earth, scientists say.

If it really is Rudolph, or his shadow, he must be on an early training flight. The image was taken Dec. 6.

Credit: NASA/ESA/SOHO

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Old 14th December 2003, 05:40   #2
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Strange. Especially with the timing.
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Old 14th December 2003, 10:57   #3
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Yes, quite so. Almost scary....

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No wonder why his nose is so red...
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wow, it looks awsome lol. But yes pretty scary
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Reindeer in the sun...

Rudolph is bigger than I thought...

Scary O_O
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By now he would have dissapeared, i wonder what the next suprise will be...

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The only reason it looks like Rudolph is because this is Christmas and everyone just happens to have Christmas on their mind right now. If it was Easter, that spot on the sun would probably look like Jesus or something.
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Or the easter bunny.


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The only reason it looks like Rudolph is because this is Christmas and everyone just happens to have Christmas on their mind right now. If it was Easter, that spot on the sun would probably look like Jesus or something.
Umm no.

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