Stitching artifact? Anomaly? Or something solid? I can’t tell. But speculation abounds.
At first glance, it certainly appears a bit too symmetrical for a natural object. Some Internet sites have speculated that this might be either an alien spaceship, a base used by aliens from which to study Earth, or that it could even be a top secret moonbase created by humans.
The unusual object — photographed by NASA’s Clementine spacecraft, launched in 1994 — measures approximately 500 feet x 420 feet, and is located near the region known as Mare Moscoviense. Using the actual Google Moon coordinates of the object — 22º42’38.46″N and 142º34’44.52″E — Huffington Post checked it out for ourselves.
“I would suspect, from looking at it that [the original] object is a stitching artifact from Google Moon,” said Marc Dantonio, chief photo and video analyst for the Mutual UFO Network.
“A stitching artifact is a photographic anomaly that occurs due to the process by which many photos are aligned and put together to make a large photo mosaic.”
HuffPost also reached out to former FBI Special Agent Ben Hansen, the lead investigator of the Syfy Channel’s popular “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.”
“Is it possible someone might add data to an image depicting buildings and UFOs as a joke? If the raw images from NASA contain the same anomalies, we may be on to something,” said Hansen.
Moon base? Weird crater? More than one expert assumes it is a pixelation artifact. But it’s causing a buzz on alien speculation sites.
A bit of internet diving reveals that, despite the recent dates on the articles above, this is not a new anomaly. There are youtube videos and fringe website articles calling out the anomaly as far back as 2011 or earlier.
Tip: Christopher Howard