This intense light on the Mars horizon is not from aliens.


NASA/JPL-Caltech/red circle by Amanda Kooser/CNET.

We’re all delighted about NASA’s Interest rover at the minute thanks to its appealing discovery of a strange methane spike A few of that eagerness appears to be spilling over to an image the rover snapped on June 16 revealing a brilliant blip of light on the remote horizon.

The rover snapped a series of images, and the intense blip just appears in one. However do not get your hopes up for indications of alien life on the Red World. We have actually seen this sort of light prior to.

There are a number of great descriptions for the radiant area. “It’s more than likely a sun sparkle or spread light,” NASA media relations expert Andrew Good stated. “We have actually seen this sometimes throughout the objective.”

Interest caught a view of a really comparable radiance on the horizon in 2014 NASA’s Doug Ellison, who deals with the rover video camera, required to his individual Twitter account at the time to state that light was likely a cosmic ray hit.

NASA explains stellar cosmic rays as “particles sped up to near the speed of light that shoot into our planetary system from other stars in the Galaxy or perhaps other galaxies.” Researchers are planning ahead to how we can protect astronauts on Mars from the impacts of radiation from cosmic rays.

Cosmic rays are short lived, however they have actually been identified prior to. Apollo astronauts reported seeing “faint areas or flashes of light when the cabin was dark,” a phenomenon NASA credited to cosmic rays

If the Interest rover kept a scrapbook, it might submit this intense blip under “Cool Things I Saw on Mars.”

Initially released June 24, 9: 45 a.m. PT.
Update, 10: 33 a.m. PT: Includes declaration from NASA.