Mr Waring claims to have discovered evidence of a pyramid and two alien faces buried in the rusty sands of Mars in his latest bizarre discovery. The discovery piqued the interest of UFO enthusiasts, who believe it could be the real thing.
“I was looking through a Mars gigapan photo when I came across two big heads and possibly a third all near each other,” Mr Waring wrote on his blog ET Data Base.
“Then I saw a pyramid in front of a head.” The pyramid has four sides, each perfectly balanced.
“Over т¡мe, it has sunk into the sands, and one side of the pyramid is deep under the dirt, but we can still see its magnificent detail.”
A panoramic Mars gigapan shot by NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover shows the alleged alien pyramid.
Elsie Mountain is featured on Mars, and the images were taken on sols – Martian days – 364 and 349.
“The faces are very primitive in design,” he said. One face has a helmet and two long ears protruding from it, while the other has two eyes and a nose.
“The detail is poor, but who am I to say what is or isn’t beautiful about their Martian culture?”
“There’s another face to the far left.” It wears a helmet and has visible ear, nose, eye, cheeks, and mouth.”
He added: “Hmmm… kind of reminds me of how the ancient Egyptians had faces on the sphinx and giant statues of their pharaohs”.
The UFO hunter also posted his findings on YouTube, where people argued about the veracity of his claims.
“That face looks like asphaltum,” one person commented. “It looks like it’s been baked down, despite the fact that it’s cold there.”
The NASA images, however, did not persuade everyone.
“That looks like a photo taken in New Mexico with a Photoshop filter,” one skeptic said. “Like the other Mars forgeries.”
“You’re reaching a little here to see what you want,” another person said.
Pareidolia is the brain’s tendency to see recognizable shapes and patterns where they do not exist.
“Perhaps you’ve seen the proverbial bunny in a patch of clouds, or a clown’s face in a mud splatter on the side of your car?” wrote astronomer Larry Sessions for EartSky.org.
“It’s a type of apophenia, which is a more general term for the huмคห proclivity to seek patterns in seemingly random data.”
“Everyone has it from т¡мe to т¡мe. Seeing the famous мคห in the moon is a classic astronomical example.”