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Sun pulls a 360! WHA-A-A-T??

This is so weird, it's almost beyond even speculating about. If the spot on the screen had moved, that would be one thing. If there was anything in the SOHO system that would cause an effect like this, that would be another. But neither of those things can explain this. It is a bizarre and total mystery. (The video is sped up. The sun actually takes 12 hours to turn on its axis. BUT IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO DO THAT AT ALL!)

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For whatever reason, SOHO was instructed to rotate 360°, making the sun appear to rotate. The reason the dot didn't move is because it's attached o the camera somehow: possibly debris on the lens, but more probably it's a persistent software glitch, such as a compression artifact.
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This is yet another instance illustrating why the supposed solar motherships are, for the most part, just software glitches.

Besides, the sun (at its equator) takes 25 days to rotate on its axis, not 12 hours.

These two replies don't follow any logical line of reasoning. Non-sequitors, they are. But since this comes from NASA, I think they're just toying with us. Good bad photoshop.

That's weird but defiantly a glitch in the imaging software. Funny thought I got a good laugh cause the sun cant do that ..LOL...or can it ? ;)

@William Hickey: Sorry for the late reply, but perhaps you could explain to me how a rotating camera *won't* produce a rotating image? It's insultive to simply declare someone's theory to be invalid without even addressing why. And perhaps, if the idea doesn't make sense to you, it might be far more constructive to ask for clarification on the issue, rather than dismissing said theory as a non sequitur?
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Anyhow, since you weren't polite enough to ask, let me expand on this a bit: What's happening here is an inadvertant exaggeration of what cinemtographers call a "Dutch angle", where the camera is tilted to make the scene look like it's tilted instead. In this case, instead of stopping after a few degrees of rotation, the satellite making the recording here goes through a full 360° rotation. A wikipedia article explaining this, with examples: http://tinyurl.com/4shwwf.
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If this still seems illogial to you, just let me know, and I can get out my camera and provide you with a demonstration of what's happening.

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