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Mysterious light shows up in Mars photograph

By T.K. Randall
June 21, 2019 · Comment icon 18 comments

What is this glowing light on Mars ? Image Credit: NASA
A bright glowing light was captured earlier this month by one of the cameras aboard NASA's Curiosity rover.
The long-lived rover has certainly encountered its fair share of mysteries during its time trundling across the Martian surface and this latest enigma is no exception.

While conspiracy theorists have been quick to suggest that the anomalous light could be evidence of intelligent life on Mars, the actual explanation is likely to be a lot more mundane.

According to Curiosity's navcam operator Justin Maki, such anomalies are in fact nothing new.
"In the thousands of images we've received from Curiosity, we see ones with bright spots nearly every week," he said.

"These can be caused by cosmic-ray hits or sunlight glinting from rock surfaces, as the most likely explanations."

Exactly which of these possibilities accounts for this particular example however remains unclear.

Source: Independent | Comments (18)




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Comment icon #9 Posted by sci-nerd 5 years ago
Finally someone who can raise above petty ideas!
Comment icon #10 Posted by freetoroam 5 years ago
Darn! I was going to say a chinese lantern.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Bendy Demon 5 years ago
Hey! Anywhoo, since the photo looks to be a negative then the bright patch seems to be just some mineral deposits or something.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Reepa 5 years ago
Is there light on maaaaaaaaaaaarrrrssss..
Comment icon #13 Posted by Manwon Lender 5 years ago
That is interesting, the Rover operator claims it happens very often. Like he said I suspect it is some kind of reflection. I am certain they will figure it out. Thanks for sharing
Comment icon #14 Posted by Merc14 5 years ago
Agreed.  It could be a high energy particle, a reflection, as you say, or something else entirely but not intelligent life, not on Mars. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by MissJatti 5 years ago
Maybe in some areas on Mars, has natural glass rocks.
Comment icon #16 Posted by geraldnewfie 5 years ago
thats just my truck over there going offroading  
Comment icon #17 Posted by tmcom 5 years ago
Geesh, the sun glistens off of the Mars Maccers windows and everyone goes crazy. PS considering the uniform shape, and two distinctive shapes, it is probably just a building with a shiny surface. Or the way the film was processed?
Comment icon #18 Posted by South Alabam 5 years ago
It's an Alien light, no doubt about it.


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