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Has somebody been at the Bristol Cream?

There! Look! Those are definitely hooves, and there - above them - antlers! And what's that we hear in the distance? Could it be the faint jingling of bells....?

12 December 2003

Scientists at SOHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) have discovered a curious shape in their latest ultra-violet images of the sun.

sun_one.JPG

You can see it there, to the left of the picture. Squint a little. Now turn the brightness setting of your monitor down a bit. Good. Now back away from the screen... a bit further... a bit further... there! Do you see it? It's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

Peter Kuklock has handily given Rudolph an outline:

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Ah yes, there he is. Racing across the sky on some important Christmas mission from Santa. Although - wait a moment - take a closer look at the other side of the image. Directly to Rudolph's right. There's definitely something there, something that Peter Kuklock and his lanky-haired chums seem to have overlooked...

A giant glowing rooster:

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Clearly what we are seeing is not, as scientists have supposed, some jolly festive outing for Rudolph. He is in fact giving chase to an enormous, fiery cockerel. The two are locked in a gigantic, Godzilla-style battle to the death.

And in fact, this reading of the data ties in with numerous far eastern mythologies which describe a Christmas Cockerel, burning an angry path across the sky, scattering pellets of molten bird dropping across the land, which plummet into the eyes and hair of wicked children who have lied and stolen things during the previous year.

Also worth noting is the definite presence of Tina Turner in the upper portion of the image:

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Tina, of course, was worshipped by the ancient Phoenicians as Goddess of Winter, so it is only right and proper that she should make an appearance.


If you think you can spot any other images in the UV image of the sun, then please email them to the following address:

blindedbythelight@lnreview.co.uk



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