On January 21 at 7:00 AM GMT, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) recorded an unusual object in a routine image of the solar disk. An analysis of the .GIF image obtained from the SOHO website on 01/22/04 does not reveal any sign that the object has been digitally added to the image, or that the image has been altered in any way. However, a copy of the .GIF obtained at a different resolution on 01/27/04 shows an innocuous spot of light similar to a star where they object was in the original image, with none of the detail present earlier. It turns out that both images are authentic.
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