Mars lights up with speculation

This little light of mine… I’m gonna let it shine.

NASA photo captures strange bright light coming out of Mars – Houston Chronicle.

A NASA camera on Mars has captured what appears to be artificial light emanating outward from the planet’s surface.

The photo, beamed millions of miles from Mars to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was taken last week, apparently by one of two NASA rovers on the red planet.

Although the space agency hasn’t issued any official statement yet about the phenomenon, bloggers and NASA enthusiasts have started chiming in.

Our tipster spotted this on UFOSightingsDaily which we don’t consider a reliable news source. Of course, the blogger there speculates that the explanation may be intelligent life. What is the actual explanation? We don’t know yet. Let’s not jump to conclusions. Additional links are welcome in the comments.

It looks like a flare of some sort from the surface upwards but hard to tell due to resolution and distance. Could it be a reflection off a dust devil?

mars light

The photos from Mars have proved to be a rich source of speculation from Mars rats to donuts.

Tip: Kevin O’Malley

  19 comments for “Mars lights up with speculation

  1. April 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    It’s clearly an away team beaming down.

  2. April 8, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Has the image been verified by NASA?

  3. Paul Robinson
    April 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Jedi Knight training camp.

  4. Sam
    April 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Landscape looks like a small moon on the back side of the planet Yavin, and if I’m not mistaken, that’s the hidden rebel base in the distance.

  5. Marcus
    April 8, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Bright lights from the surface of Mars?
    Well, I, for one, *welcome* our new tripod overlords.

  6. David Bloomberg
    April 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    It’s CLEARLY the light on top of a materializing police box.

  7. matt crowley
    April 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    My first speculation would be a digital image artifact.

  8. tmac57
    April 8, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Missing data maybe?

  9. April 8, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    A galactic cosmic ray hit (GCR).

    Doug Ellison, an imaging guru who happens to work at JPL:

    The Surrey Space Center’s Chris Bridges:

  10. April 8, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    I was gonna say cosmic ray, crazy-hot pixel bleed, or even impact crater formation (there’s a bright flash at impact). Looks like my first idea was right.

  11. James
    April 8, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    The image is from the right b navcam. A similar image from the left b navcam doesn’t show any light at all. Both images have the same time stamp. Unless someone on Mars has a laser pointer, I’ll vote for noise.

  12. Frederick
    April 8, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Cool so the ray hit one of the cam, but not the other. cool

    I will have thought. dust, even imperfection from transmission/digitization. but it is cool!

    Of course UFO [edit] will said that they doctor it.

    Thank for that.

  13. CLamb
    April 8, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Cosmic ray hits on camera sensors are not unusual outside an atmosphere. I even happens to cameras on commercial jet aircraft flights at times.

  14. JC
    April 8, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    I am going with the light atop the TARDIS. That Doctor had to make a pee stop.
    agent j

  15. RDW
    April 8, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Invisible Bigfoot is clearly up to his old tricks again. DARN YOU TO HECK, INVISIBLE BIGFOOT !!!! WHY ARE YOU SCREWING WITH OUR HEADS?!?!?!?

  16. busterggi
    April 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Its Dr. Manhattan – pissed that Watchmen didn’t get a sequel.

  17. steve chaput
    April 9, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    If it is not a problem with the actual photograph, it may be sunlight reflecting off of something. Some mineral deposit or possibly a previous probe/lander. I highly doubt it’s an alien distress flare fired to get AAA’s attention for a boost.

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