Strange Light Snapped By Curiosity On Mars Is More Likely A Dust Devil Than Alien Life

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 - 10:50AM
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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 - 10:50AM
Strange Light Snapped By Curiosity On Mars Is More Likely A Dust Devil Than Alien Life

Conspiracy forums are currently alight with talk of a strange light captured by NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars.The image, taken by one of the rover's many onboard cameras, appears to show a strange light emanating from the ground in the distant horizon. It is this light that many are claiming is a clear sign of alien life on our planetary neighbor. However, a more logical explanation is that the image is a shot of a dust devil, a tornado-like phenomenon that can grow to alarming sizes.

 

Of course, claims that this is proof of alien life on Mars are a little bit far-fetched, but one can't deny that this is certainly an interesting image. However, if this were truly something to get excited about, i'm pretty sure we would have had a response from NASA saying that they were looking into it.

 

The dust devil explanation would certainly seem to check out, though. Electrified dust devils have been spotted on the red planet before, and as images such as these show, this latest anomaly is consistent in appearance to the strange phenomena that roam the planet's surface. Another explanation being offered by armchair analysts is that of carbon dioxide vents. However, these geyser-like vents are found almost exclusively on the planet's southern polar region, an area that NASA's Curiosity rover is not even remotely close to.

 

The image was brought to public awareness by UFO blogger Scott C. Waring of UFO Sightings Daily, but when the Houston Chronicle picked it up, it soon went viral. In his blog post about the image, Waring claims that NASA will never investigate the the mysterious light because "they are not on Mars to discover life, but there to stall its discover." So while the image may be exciting, your money is probably safer in betting that it is actually a perfectly normal natural phenomenon or a photographic anomaly and not, as conspiracy theorists state, "proof" of alien life on Mars.

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