The Mars Curiosity Rover is currently on its way to the red planet to search for alien life, but according to a few conspiracy theorists, proof may already exist. NASA’s STEREO spacecraft caught a wave of electronically charged material shooting out from the sun toward Mercury, and a few people believe that it’s a cloaked UFO.
Live Science reports that photos of the “coronal mass ejection” (CME) has theorists claiming that an alien spacecraft is touring the Milky Way. A video of the cloaked UFO that was posted on Youtube and has been viewed by more than a million curious space-gazers.
SiniXster, the person who uploaded the video, said:
“It’s cylindrical on either side and has a shape in the middle. It definitely looks like a ship to me, and very obviously, it’s cloaked.”
Here’s the video of the cloaked UFO near Mercury.
Is this video evidence of a UFO? Is there really a cloaked UFO near Mercury? According to Russ Howard, the head of of the Naval Research Laboratory, no.
Howard says that the image seen in the video is actually Mercury itself. According to Howard, the image shown in the video is the equivalent of Mercury’s wake, “where the planet was on the previous day.” He explains that the cloaked UFO is actually just left over light. Space.com writes:
“To make the relatively faint glow of a coronal mass ejection stand out against the bright glare of space—caused by interplanetary dust and the stellar/galactic background—the NRL scientists must remove as much background light as possible. They explained that they determine what light is background light, and thus can be subtracted out, by calculating the average amount of light that entered each camera pixel on the day of the CME event and on the previous day. Light appearing in the pixels on both days is considered to be background light and is removed from the footage of the CME. The remaining light is then enhanced.”
Live Science reports that the technique works a little better with faraway objects like stars. When dealing with objects like Mercury, which is the closest planet to the sun, scientists can get the echo effect seen in the video.
Lead ground systems engineer Nathan Rich told Live Science:
“When [this averaging process] is done between the previous day and the current day and there is a feature like a planet, this introduces dark (negative) artifacts in the background where the planet was on the previous day, which then show up as bright areas in the enhanced image.”
So who do you believe? Some fancy smancy scientists, with all their fact based scientific theories? Or Youtube user SiniXster? Yeah, that’s what I thought. There’s definitely a cloaked UFO circling Mercury.