A spooky image has been discovered of a mysterious UFO hovering above the Moon as Apollo astronauts snapped pictures of the surface.
The picture, part of the NASA public images archive, doesn’t appear unusual to the naked eye. But one intrepid YouTuber, StreetCap1, took the time to enlarge the photograph. It reveals a massive unidentified flying object, obviously not the Apollo Lunar Orbiter, hovering in black space just above the distant horizon.
The casual observer will note the landscape is slightly out of focus but the “UFO” is in focus. When a camera lens is set to infinite focus all objects beyond a certain distance will appear in focus. This distance, called the hyperfocal distance, is dependent on several factors (focal length, f/stop, circle of confusion) but for your typical Apollo camera/lens combo used on the Command Module it is about 80 meters. Either that UFO is closer than 80 meters and therefore is very, very, very tiny or some dirt got on the projector lens or on the print when the print was made.
Here is the video that shows this better: