Mysterious object spotted near Mercury
There has been speculations on the onboard NASA’s STEREO spacecraft that caught a wave of electronically charged material shooting out from the sun and hitting Mercury.
Theorists have seized on the images captured from the “coronal mass ejection” (CME) last week as suggestive of alien life hanging out in our own cosmic backyard. Specifically, the solar flare washing over Mercury appears to hit another object of comparable size. “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 was cloaked, or does not show on the on-board satellite light spectrum until hit by the ejection coming from the sun.
Of course, there’s another scientifically sanctioned explanation for the curious images, though we’re not certain that skeptics and UFO enthusiasts will endorse it. Natalie Wolchover of Life’s Little Mysteries put the question to scientists in the solar physics branch at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). They’re the people who analyze data from the Heliospheric Imager-1 (HI-1)–better known in this context as the camera that shot the footage in question.
Head NRL group scientist Russ Howard and lead ground systems engineer Nathan Rich say the mysterious object is in fact Mercury itself. And what we’re seeing in the footage is the equivalent of Mercury’s wake, “where the planet was on the previous day,” as it travels through the solar system on its natural gravitational path:
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.
The analysts say the practice works even better when applied to far-off objects such as stars, which don’t move much relative to the sun. But for moving objects, especially planets, the process is a little more complicated. And making matters even trickier is Mercury’s staus as the closest planet to the sun.
“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,” Rich explained in an email.
One thing is for sure, the UFO community is neither stupid nor ignorant. You might say, why did they show us the footage in the first place, and take the risk of people asking questions, well, in my opinion, they lied to us in the past (like the swap gas explanation) and it worked – at least on some people – and then there is the cost of retouching and the risk of leaked footage that will eventual incriminate them, false interpretations are cheaper and risk free!
I also noticed that officials are now publicly admitting that we are not alone, see the link bellow;