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Scribal points to JWebb for identifying this as a "nascent sunspot." It's a small portion of NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day, commentary at the link.
July 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM | Permalink
It's either a closeup of a nascent sunspot or a really bad case of colon polyps...
July 28, 2008 at 01:22 PM
a slice of tomato with the light shining through?
July 28, 2008 at 01:27 PM
Jonathan's got it. It's a closeup of the sun.
July 28, 2008 at 01:45 PM
It looks like a macro lens closeup, and the color certainly suggests that it's amber, but the structure is complex and doesn't look like an insect. I'll favor a vegetation-type stucture in thin-section.
July 28, 2008 at 01:59 PM
Wow. The entire photo shows there's nothing "nascent" about that huge honker...
July 28, 2008 at 02:13 PM
It's a closeup of Lindsey Lohan's "Firecrotch" ...
July 28, 2008 at 02:14 PM
I agree, though, that it looks like some kind of watery veg close up.
July 28, 2008 at 06:56 PM
July 28, 2008 at 10:42 PM
Whoa. It reminded me of the tomato I had for lunch--something in the repetitive structure? The mind boggles...
July 29, 2008 at 12:59 AM
that's what fascinated me about the picture, Mel. It looks so organic.
July 29, 2008 at 07:23 AM
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