The picture, which has circulated widely, is of a large sphere that seems to be passing in front of the Sun. Many have claimed that the sphere is an unidentified foreign object that was likely being navigated by aliens. According to the United States of America National Aeronautics and Space Administration, that assumption is baseless.
"UFO fans fear it might be a 'rogue planet' on the loose in our solar system," read one article out of dozens that reported several speculations surrounding the photograph and the unidentified sphere."Others fear it might be a huge Death Star-style UFO."
According to NASA, the large blue sphere in the photograph is simply an effect of the camera that captured the image.The NASA Sun Earth Connection Coronal and Heliospheric Investigation spacecraft (SECCHI), a craft that remains in space in order to send images of the face of the Sun to the Earth, took the picture. It is simple coincidence that this optical effect was facilitatedat the moment the picture was taken.
"Because the images from the Heliospheric Imager (HI) telescopes (on board SECCHI) are built up from a large number of exposures added together, this sometimes results in "double exposures", where data from several telescopes appear in the same image," explained NASA of the strange circulating photograph."Generally, these take the form of images from one telescope processed as if they were from another telescope."