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A weird sunspot
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Its the sunspot 649 turn to cross the very distorting atmosphere layer. Its shape is puzzling: it looks like two fuzzy vertical strokes separed by a little gap. In fact, its the same phenomenon as a mirage over a hot road. The sunspot should be invisible bacause it is located just behind the layer, but it reflects itself over and under this layer, like an object behind a double side mirror hold horizontally and which reflects on its two surfaces.

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Instrument   110 mm focal length
Exposure & film   1/90 s with digital camera Camedia 5060
Date & place   September 4, 2004, Pointe de la Torche (Finistère)

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