5. Star’s Mysterious Explosion
This image taken from the Hubble Space Telescope in 2002 shows an outburst from the star v838 Monocerotis. Originally it was thought to be a typical nova eruption, a process that occurs when hydrogen is pulled from one star’s surface onto another star, resulting in a nuclear explosion. It turned out that what scientists were witnessing was something completely different all together. Several theories have since been put forward including the possibility of a merging with another star or planets. Whatever the process, v838 Monocerotis briefly became one of the largest known stars and one of the most luminous in the Milky Way galaxy.
Check out this amazing timelapse of v838 Monocerotis on the Hubble Space Telescope’s YouTube channel:
4. Pyramid On Mars
A photo taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover on May 7th, 2015 had some believing that we had discovered pyramids on Mars. Despite some initial confusion about the scale of the photo, the pyramid shaped object is believed by experts to be only about the height of a soda can. Just a small volcanic rock that has eroded over time into a sharp angle.
3. Pyramid On The Moon
In 1972, the crew of Apollo 17 took a series of photos on the moon. This picture was originally catalogued by NASA as sunstruck but with the contrast adjusted it appears to show a pyramid-like structure in the background. Apollo 17 was the sixth and most recent manned moon landing and the final mission of the Apollo Lunar Landing Program. Could this photo be evidence that there are pyramids on the moon similar to those of Egypt?
2. Figure Filmed On Mars
This photo was captured in 2004 by Spirit, NASA’s Mars explorer vehicle. Taken in close proximity to the vehicle’s landing location, it seems to show some sort of humanoid figure making its way across the rocky terrain. When the picture was first released, the internet ran rife with speculation. Everything from an ancient bronze statue to some sort of extra-terrestrial Bigfoot was considered. Sceptics dismissed the claims pointing out that the object could only be a few inches high as it is within metres of the vehicle. What do you think? Unusual rock or mysterious creature traversing the landscape?
1. Interstellar Insect
This amazing image is a composite of several images created by the Hubble Heritage Team. It is of a nebula 8000 light years from Earth known as Menzel 3. Menzel 3 located in the Norma constellation, bares a striking resemblance to a gigantic interstellar ant. Sometimes referred to as the Ant Nebula, its structure is somewhat of a mystery with some researchers believing that the fiery protrusions may be caused by strong magnetic fields emitted by the dying star. Another theory is that its centre may consist of two stars orbiting around a common point with the possibility that the dying star may have expanded so much it has consumed its companion which may still be orbiting inside it.
That was 10 mysterious photos taken in space. Can you think of any other photos taken in space we could add to this list?