It seems that people see images in more than just clouds.
People have imagined a man in the moon (although in Asian cultures, it is a rabbit in the Moon). An of course the famous face on Mars which was really just a mesa in the Cydonia plains of Mars.
But Mercury seems to have the Moon and Mars beat…by a long way.
First, it seems that a famous mouse has taken up residence on the inner most planet.
And perhaps this is a paparazzi waiting for a shot of the famous mouse! That’s right, two familiar objects on Mercury.
The act of organizing shapes into familiar objects is called Pareidolia.
We have one located to near where I live in the city of Eagle Rock, CA. I drive by it quite often. But unfortunately, pollution is taking the flight out of the eagle shaped shadows formed by the rock and it doesn’t look the same anymore.
So besides asterisms (used to identify star formations), what pareidolia images have you seen lately?
– Ex astris, scientia –
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