Pareidolia In Space! Rosetta Spacecraft Spots A Face On Comet 67P
You've heard of the 'Man on the Moon' and you may have even heard about the 'Face on Mars', but did you know there is also a face on a comet? ESA's Rosetta spacecraft recently arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a 10 year journey, but when it sent back images of the 4km space rock, a few eagle-eyed folks on social media remarked that they thought they could see a face staring back at them.
Such occurrences are not as rare as you would think. The trickery of seeing a face on a comet is no different to that of thinking you have seen Jesus on a slice of toast, it's all because of a psychological phenomenon called Pareidolia in which your brain confuses visual or aural stimuli as something completely different.
Check out a few other examples of space pareidolia below:
The Face on Mars
A Rat on Mars
Mimas, the Death Star Moon
(Credit: NASA/JPL - Caltech)
The Martian Man
....and of course this beautiful Nebula flipping the bird