Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Birdheaded man on Mercury

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This elevated rise on Mercury resembles a vaguely humanoid shape

You’ve all heard of the “face on Mars” and the “man in the Moon” – well I guess this would be the “man on Mercury!” And I feel like I’ve seen him somewhere before…

“Oh, they’ve encased him in carbonite. He should be quite well protected.”

In yet another instance of the phenomenon known as pareidolia, it’s hard not to see the vaguely human shape in this image of Mercury’s surface, acquired by the MESSENGER spacecraft in July 2011. But what looks like a person with upraised arms (resembling, the team suggests, a certain carbonite-encased space smuggler) is really an ancient block of surface crust that juts from the floor of Mercury’s vast Caloris basin – likely the remnants of harder material predating the basin-forming impact 3.9 billion years ago. The low angle of sunlight from the west helps to highlight the surface shapes. …

Humanoid Shape Spotted on Mercury
http://www.universetoday.com/104773/humanoid-shape-spotted-on-mercury/

Looks like an angry bird. My fiancé says it looks like a cavity. Might be a cosmic reminder to get my last mercury filling removed.

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This entry was posted on September 17, 2013 by in Space, Strange.
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