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“Cydonia Face”

“Crown Face”

“Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko”

Enjoy the starry night skies
Be a considerate neighbor. Reduce nighttime glare.
Shield your outside lights downward.
Let the stars light up the night.

September 2014 night sky

—Charlie Christmann

ET and alien artifacts:

There are those who say we are not alone, that our brethren have been leaving us clues to be found throughout the galaxy. In fact, some believe that these clues come in the form of images, self-portraits, carved by their makers into rock and sculpted in massive cloud formations.

Everyone has seen the “Man-in-the-Moon.” The somewhat misshapen eyes, nose and mouth formed by the lunar maria. The eyes are depicted by Mare Imbrium and Mare Serenitatis, the nose by Sinus Aestuum, and the mouth by Mare Nubium and Mare Cognitum. This image is sometime seen with his dog, seen as Mare Crisium.

The most famous image is on Mars, taken by Viking 1 in 1976 on its 35th orbit of the planet. One image showed a mile-long mesa in the northern desert Cydonia region that appeared to be a carved face. While NASA quickly dismissed the illusion, citing the sun angle and a convenient arrangement of shadows, Richard Hoaglanda, a member of the press corps, saw this as just one of several artifacts on the red planet. He claims that he and his researchers have considerable evidence that the “face,” as well as some nearby pyramid-shaped objects, and other “artifacts,” are the work of sentient creatures.

Pyramid? Some believe that near the “Cydonia Face” there was once a city on the edge of a Martian sea. All that is left of the city is the “D&M pyramid.” From space, this feature looks perfectly symmetrical. Some believe that this artifact must have been constructed by the nearby city dwellers when Mars had water on its surface. In addition to the four-sided pyramid, some also see a pentagram-shaped pyramid, a fortified bastion, a spiral mound, and a two-mile long wall, all near the face.

Then, there is the “Crown Face,” located on the Libya Montes highlands. Unlike the Cydonia face, this image continues to look like a face from different viewing and sun angles.

Other images seen by some are not so human looking. On Mercury’s southern hemisphere, photographed by Messenger in 2012, is an image of Mickey Mouse. And, as if he needed company, an image of the Cookie Monster was also photographed on Mercury by Messenger.

Looking deeper into space (seven hundred light-years away), the Hubble telescope captured what some call the Eye of Sauron in 2004. It is actually the Helix Nebula. Created by a dying star expelling its outer layers, the Helix Nebula is eye-shaped with a dark blue “iris”, and comes complete with an eyelid. A bit further out, at one thousand light-years, is the Vela pulsar. Seen by the Chandra X-ray telescope in 2013, this image looks very similar to the mask of the Phantom of the Opera.

On August 3, just three days from entering orbit, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ESA’s Rosetta snapped a picture of a facial profile on the comet.

With all of the familiar images out there in space and on the planets and comets, perhaps someone or something is trying to get our attention. Could they be showing us images we recognize from television transmissions they have received from Earth? Or, are they carving their likeness into stone on Mars and the comets? Perhaps, humans are just attuned to seeing faces and familiar images when we look at something unfamiliar. Most likely, these images are just a trick by our over active imagination. Either way, they are fun to find and wonder about.

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