I got a response from the famed SpaghETI Institute regarding my observations of the strange white dots near the sun that appear in my photographs of the recent solar eclipse.
Your photos of the white dots have generated great excitement here at the Institute. We are more than happy to assist you with their identification, but we need some additional information from you before we can proceed. Kindly send us any high-resolution images you may have along with any relevant samples to us for analysis. If confirmed, you will receive credit for the discovery of extraterrestrial spaghetti. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
I sent them my photos and am awaiting their response. Time will tell if this solves the mystery.