An anomalous image from Google Earth’s maps of the moon is catching some media attention this week. Some say it is nothing but over pixelized digital static, but others argue that you can’t find similar pixelization elsewhere in the moon images, and suggest it might even be an extraterrestrial spacecraft.
The discovery of the strange anomaly was posted to the YouTube account Wowforreeel on January 15, 2014. The description reads:
What IS that??? No idea how to title this one really so went with first thing that comes to mind. After going there on Google Moon and staring at this thing for quite a long time I can say yes, it is really there, not faked and I have no clue what it is. I found nothing else like it in any of the other craters. Not much to be said other than .. it’s there, take a look and tell us what you think it is.
Image credit – Google Earth (Moon)
Checking those coordinates on Google Moon, I found this.
Tech and Gadget News contributor Reid Moore pointed out that the triangular shape in the image is “too symmetrical to be a random, topographical structure caused by even the minimal erosion typical of the lunar landscape.” He continues, “No other feature has ever been discovered which matches this shape on the Moon.”
Moore speculates, “The anomaly is so huge, it’s possible it is some sort of moon base used as a facility for storing and launching alien “UFO” spacecraft.” He also speculates that the object could be a secret base built by humans.
Thus far, the story has also been picked up by the Metro in the UK and the Huffington Post, although the later suggests another possibility. Computer programmer Ross Davidson told the Huffington Post:
Basically it’s similar to the thing you get in all those ‘UFO videos’ you see these days from people with digital cameras – when they use digital zoom too much, you get ‘artifacts’ as the missing data is recreated using an algorithm which create regular shapes simply because of the nature of digital.
He referenced the following alleged UFO image as an example.
As for the triangular shape, Davidson says, “You can get similar things with still photos when you blow them up – the moon pic shows a ‘triangle’ because it’s digital – made up of pixels.”
The size of the “object” is about 650′ from “wing tip” to “wing tip” and about 330′ from the outer lights to the nose. Approximately the same as people who have seen triangular objects describe the size of such objects.
Also, about one half to 3/4 miles to the south (and slightly east) there is something that looks like an inverted tennis racket with the “handle” pointing to the northeast. The handle is a very straight line for a natural object.
Lastly, about a mile due east of the tennis racket shape is something that appears to be box-shaped with straight line edges… though that could obviously be pixilation.
It’s a mine for in isotope of helium in the Moon’s crust. Now the commercial media will trot out an expert to do the old, Nothing to see here folks, it’s just swamp gas, ship tracks and digital noise.
here’s the explanation from an astrophysicist friend we contacted:-
In more details: these images were taken by the Kaguya space probe. It
has been converted into Google Earth, which implies some compression
and stretching to match the GEarth map projection. Then GEarth zoom
interpolates the pixels, including the noise and the compression
artifacts. As the “thing” is close to the edge between the brightly
illuminated rim of the crater and the dark bottom of the crater, one
can expect all kind of artefacts.
The original images are available; instructions are at
The feature is at 22°42’N 142°34’E so I am retrieving the sections
from 22 to 23N and from 142 to 143E. I started and downloaded some
images already, but I have not found yet the exact image used by GEarth.
I copied the nearest I found in
so that you can have a feel of how the original images look like.
What is already clear is that the features causing all the hooopla are
actually smaller than the original pixel, so they can not be real, but
caused by whichever zooming system Google Earth uses.
I’m not a skeptic but I’m sorry to say it IS digital noise, a lot of other white artifacts (dots) appears at the same time when zooming in or out, check for yourselves.