This image is for real. It is not directly an IR image, because I didn't use a dedicated IR filter, but my solar filter had low quality and passed quite a lot of IR. My son and I set up 3 cameras to cover the Solar Eclipse in May, 2003, one camera for UV , one for visual, and one for IR/visible. We shoot many hundred pictures before clouds terminated the event for us. On three of these images, 2 taken with the IR/visible and 1 with the visual camera, we observed strange shapes around the solar disc, occurring at the eclipse maximum. Now, were I superstitious I could have gained support for such beliefs by looking at the images, but in this case, I looked into the matter as a non-prejudiced scientist and found the explanation. Notwithstanding that mundane fact, the best of these three images had quite an impact when it was published and it has been printed for example in newspapers throughout Europe, with a total circulation of approx. 4 million copies. So those hours spent with intensive shooting paid of handsomely in the end. Without further ado, meet my impression of Astronomy Domain, Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) I hope this will clear the new level of censorship implemented on the Café.