Alien? Statue? Human-like figure spotted on the moon

A human-shaped figure and its shadow have been spotted on the moon.

YouTube user Wowforreeel, after receiving a tip from someone known as Jasenko, spotted the figure using Google Earth's Moon feature and posted a video online of the zoomed in NASA images revealing this "man on the moon."

It went viral. (A soundtrack worthy of The X-Files certainly helped.)

"An irregularly shaped dark spot he noticed on Google Moon looks like it could be a cast shadow from a massive standing object, or figure," Wowforreeel wrote. "At first I thought maybe it was something drawn into the picture but after going to G. Moon, whatever it is or isn't.. uh, is there. You get the idea. Go check it out and of course decide for yourself. Debunk it, shred it, figure it out."

Of course, the Internet is having fun with the photos.

It is an alien? An ancient Greek statue?

According to the Examiner, the figure "bears an uncanny resemblance to what the ancient statue, 'The Colossus of Rhodes,' is thought to have looked like before it was felled into the harbour of the Greek island by a massive earthquake in 226 BC."

For the figure to cast such a shadow, it likely stands thousands of feet tall.

"Of course, the shadow might be explained in a number of ways, particularly as a trick of light or a camera lens glitch," Tom Rose wrote for the Examiner. "But, if those explanations are ruled out, it still leaves the question of what this object is, since it appears to be rising a great distance from the surface of the Moon."

The Daily Mail appears to be on Team Alien, calling Wowforreeel's find "an alien figure lurking in the satellite’s deep craters."

The simplest theory is the phenomenon called pareidolia, "the psychological phenomenon that causes some people to see or hear a vague or random image or sound as something significant."

So far, NASA has not commented on what they believe the photos are showing.

Check out the image for yourself on Moon in Google Earth by zooming in on these coordinates: 27°34’26.35″N 19°36’4.75″W. Let us know what you think you see.

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