UFO hunters claim to have found an ancient alien spire estimated to be about 3.5 miles high on Google Maps. Lunar anomaly hunters claim the latest discovery corroborates earlier claims of an intelligently or artificially designed massive spire first observed in February 1967 Lunar Orbiter 3 images of the lunar surface.
The discovery sparked a discussion on YouTube after UFO hunters claimed to have confirmed that the alleged spire is located on the Moon between the Liebig crater and Rimae Marsenius at coordinates 22°27’28.22″S and 45°58’51.44″W.
UFO blogger Scott Waring claimed that the newly discovered “ancient spire” is the same as the spire that was spotted in Lunar Orbiter 3 images of the surface of the Moon taken in February 1967, 49 years ago.
The alleged artificial structure spotted in NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 3 images has been known for decades to UFO and lunar anomaly enthusiasts as the “Shard.”
“This is the ancient spire tower, but this is the first time it has been seen since the 1960s,” Waring commented on YouTube.
“This is the legendary spire on Earth’s moon. It has been seen before in Feb 1967 Orbiter 3 photos,” he writes on his blog. “This spire is 3.64 miles tall according to Google ruler, but is only an estimate.”
Many UFO and lunar anomaly enthusiasts agreed with MexicoGeek and Waring that the Google Map images show an artificially constructed tower rising miles above the lunar surface.
Waring’s claim that the newly discovered structure is the same as the famous “Shard” discovered in old Lunar Orbiter 3 images sparked a debate because lunar anomaly enthusiasts were unable to determine whether the coordinates of the newly discovered structure were the same as the coordinates of the legendary “Shard.”
An enthusiast asks in a discussion forum, “Are these new images of the spire in the exact same place as the previous lunar orbiter pictures? And why does it look so uniform in the new pics and all blurry and splotchy in the older ones?”
Although, skeptics had attempted to explain away the “Shard” as a “transient outgassing event fortuitously captured by the Lunar Orbiter camera,” lunar anomaly hunters Richard C. Hoagland and Mike Bara in their 2009 book, Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA, argued that the absence of “diffusion” around the sharply defined image of the structure and its regular geometric form suggest otherwise.
According to Hoagland, “Poor resolution images of the ‘Shard’ have led some to conclude it is an ephemeral ‘outgassing’ event. That would mean the sudden release of a volatile gas from within its surface. However, the Enterprise Mission enhancements reveal no ‘spray’ or splatter which would be consistent with such a conclusion. The object appears to be solid, though badly battered by meteors.”
Lunar anomaly hunters have argued in several enthusiast forums that the “Shard” is undeniably the highly eroded remains of an artificial structure with a regular geometric form made out of reflective material, such as glass, crystal or polished metal.
No known natural process or geological model could explain the symmetries of its structure, conspiracy theorists claim.
“This lunar feature defies geological models. It is simply baffling, unless it is an ancient artifact from a civilization which colonized the Moon.”
Waring contributes to decades-old conjectures about the alleged “artificial structure” on the lunar surface.
“The spire looks to be coming out of the center of a crater, but these are not craters, but many small white shiny structures. The spire was probably built to accommodate a very large vessel so that it could dock safely without landing,” he suggests.
Waring’s suggestion was attacked by skeptics who accused him of speculating like a “little kid.”
A skeptic suggested that the “tower” is, in fact, a double impact crater — a small crater located at the edge of a bigger one — and that the appearance of a spire is a visual illusion.
“[The] ‘tower’ is actually a double impact crater, a big one and a smaller one just at the edge of the bigger one, and is an optical illusion.”
Another skeptic agreed that the impression that the photo shows a tower was due to the error of imposing a 3-D interpretation on a shape lying in a 2-D plane.
“Yes many towers and ‘alien bases’ are actually flat patterns that can be imagined as a 3-D object,” the skeptic said.
He then recommended “a healthy dose of skeptical analysis,” dismissing much of Waring’s conjectures as “tabloid style crap that just makes any serious discussion impossible.”
“Scott is doing harm to the UFOlogy community. He really seems like a little kid,” yet another skeptic said.
But, several other viewers agreed with Waring.
One viewer suggested that the spire could be a watchtower.
“It could be that the tower is a watching place to monitor earth?”
Another believer expressed excitement at the discovery, saying she was looking forward to re-discovery of the famous alleged “moon castle” lunar anomaly (see YouTube below) claimed to have been spotted on old lunar mission photos.
“Now someone needs to find new images of the castle (the hanging structure miles above the moon’s surface) and then I can probably die happy,” the enthusiast, Amanda Simko, wrote.
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