NOV 21, 2016 09:11 AM PST

NASA Cameras Spot Weird Blue Mass in Front of the Sun

The internet was going wild this weekend after NASA’s STEREO satellites reportedly spotted a weird round object passing across the face of the Sun. As you can imagine, conspiracy theorists gobbled this right up and started spewing their mumbo jumbo.
 

A blue orb is seen trekking across the Sun's surface. But what is it?

 Image Credit: STEREO

Claims went as far as saying it was related to aliens and government conspiracies, but according to NASA, that’s not the case. In fact, there’s a perfectly logical explanation for where this strange object came from.
 


It turns out that these kinds of things can happen when STEREO’s onboard camera sensor becomes overloaded. This causes what’s known as an image corruption. In this case, what we’re seeing is an image where there was a jitter in recording data properly.
 
The conclusion is shared on the STEREO website. This sort of thing reportedly happens from time to time simply because technology isn’t perfect, and it will contiue to happen.
 
“On rare occasions, the SECCHI image processor onboard STEREO becomes overloaded, and produces corrupted images,” the website explains. “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.”
 
So, about that big round object you see in the image… It’s not coming from aliens at all. In fact, it doesn’t even exist; it’s just a malfunction in the camera.
 
For conspiracy theorists, that’s a hard pill to swallow. But rest assured, no one knows space equipment better than NASA does, and they’re the most qualified group in the world to come up with these conclusions when strange things occur that we can’t explain.
 
Source: DailyMail, STEREO

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
OCT 24, 2018
Space & Astronomy
OCT 24, 2018
NASA's Parker Solar Probe Snaps a Picture of Earth
Back in August, a Delta IV Heavy rocket ignited its engines and lofted NASA’s highly-anticipated Parker Solar Probe into space. Just over one month l...
OCT 28, 2018
Space & Astronomy
OCT 28, 2018
Hayabusa2 Scientists Prepare to Collect Asteroid Samples and Return Them to Earth
Near the end of September, JAXA’s Hayabusa2 mission deployed two bouncing rovers on the surface of asteroid 162173 Ryugu to capture photographs and s...
NOV 12, 2018
Space & Astronomy
NOV 12, 2018
SpaceX Planning to Launch Miniature BFR Prototype
SpaceX is perhaps best known for its Falcon 9 rocket, which frequently powers International Space Station resupply missions and ferries communication satel...
DEC 22, 2018
Videos
DEC 22, 2018
Winter solstice, full moon, and a meteor shower all in 24 hours!
Yesterday marked the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and the official start to winter in the Northern hemisphere. But yesterday’s solst...
JAN 01, 2019
Space & Astronomy
JAN 01, 2019
New Horizons Completes Historic Fly-By of KBO Ultima Thule
While most people were watching the ball drop and observing local firework shows for the start of the New Year, NASA had other plans. At 12:33 A.M. Eastern...
JAN 07, 2019
Space & Astronomy
JAN 07, 2019
It's Probably a Good Thing That Earth Only Has One Moon
Unlike many other planets in the solar system, Earth only has one natural satellite, universally called the ‘Moon.’ But have you ever stopped t...
Loading Comments...