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Old 06-11-2017, 04:40 AM
Location: PRC
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I am struggling to understand a series of images taken by the MER Spirit on Sol 595.
They appear to be sun or planet shots but are unlike anything I have seen before.

I am well aware of the Sun shots normally taken by the Pancam which look like this

but the ones I am referring to are further (18 rows) down the thumbnail page here

Probably one of the best examples is this image which appears to show a small planetry body shining brightly in the center of the image and then at 1 o'clock another star showing. Beneath and to the right of this bright star is a black rectangular L-shaped structure which, as far as I can see, is not a digital artifact as it appears in a number of the series and looks to be the same shape. In some of the images in this series, the bright shining star appears in the centre of the black L-shaped rectangular structure, which makes it appear in front of the black structure(I am not saying it IS in front).

If this is a bright star, then the Pancam has a filter for photographing the Sun as I showed earlier, which could be used to image this really bright light safely. So why do we have a star being photographed which looks close and is almost overexposing the camera CCD and what is the large black rectangular block beneath and to the right of the bright star in many of the images?
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