UFO hunters are calling an ‘alien antenna’?Can you spot the weird object on the moon

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An alien hunter has spotted a weird feature on the surface of the moon and claimed it’s evidence of a secret alien lunar base.Mark Sawalha, a Finnish UFO spotter, has been poring over images taken by NASA’s Lunar Orbiter to try and prove his theory that extraterrestrials are living on the moon.

‘Aliens are using moon minerals and they have bases there too. Many other findings support this theory,’ Mr Sawalha he told the Sun. While he does not spell out what these findings are, the UFO spotter claims that Nasa knows about them and has chosen not to publish them.

He also speculates that the presence of aliens on the lunar surface may be the reason that Nasa hasn’t sent any manned spacecraft to Earth’s satellite since the Apollo missions.

The images, captured by the space agency’s Lunar Orbiter, appear to show a small dark ‘spike’ that casts a shadow.Along with a mysterious antenna-like spike, zooming in on the photo also appears to reveal a ‘clear plateau’ under the antenna.’Finding Alien anomalies (mechanical structures, buildings, etc) on our solar system is quite [a] new matter for me’ says Mr Sawalha on his website .

‘I got interested about this topic after I found these strange structures on Nasa images myself. I am sure that these findings are real. We have still a lot to learn from our neighbour planets and whats happening there.’

However, one experts claims that the so-called ‘alien antenna’ is nothing more than an optical illusion.’In this case the vertical looking hill is more likely to be caused by shadows from a hill that has a steep bank or cliff face on the right-hand-side,’ Nigel Watson, author of the UFO Investigations Manual, told MailOnline.’There are plenty of alternative explanations that don’t involve the intervention of aliens, but enthusiasts are always eager to leap on anything unusual and build them into their extraterrestrial fantasies’.

The original image of the moon's surface was taken by Nasa's Lunar Orbiter

The spike could be an antenna on the roof of an alien moon base, says Mark Sawalha

The UFO hunter believes that the 'antenna' is located above a distinct plateau

Earlier this year, an expert came up with a rational theory to explain a previous ‘alien spire’ spotted on the moon. The 3.5-mile (5.6km) high structure was spotted in images from Google Moon, with some believing it to be a ‘launch pad’ that was constructed by aliens.

However, a researcher working with Nasa’s LROC moon-mapping mission claims that the strange mark is nothing more than a crater within a crater.

A researcher working with Nasa's LROC moon-mapping mission has debunked images claiming to capture a 3.5-mile (5.6km) spire for vehicle landings on the moon's surface.

According to UFO Sightings Daily, the discovery of the ‘spire’ was made by YouTube user MexicoGeek. MexicoGeek used Google Moon to zoom in on an area of the lunar surface between the Rupes Liebig and Rimae Marsenius craters.

The conspiracy website explained: ‘The spire looks to be coming out of the centre of a crater, but these are not craters, but many small white shiny structures.’The spire was probably built to accommodate a very large vessel so that it could dock safely without landing.’

However, expert opinion has since emerged that disputes these suggestions.’That’s no spire! What is going on is that there is a small crater that formed on the rim, after the larger crater, Mersenius E,’ explained Noah Petro, a project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) mission.LROC is a Nasa craft currently orbiting the moon to map its surface.

Speaking to Huffington Post, the scientist explained the appearance of a tower is an artefact generated from the process of putting the mosaic of images together.’In the high sun images, the bright craters are more easily seen, but there’s nothing there that is unusual compared to any other areas on the moon,’ explained Petro.

He added that the sun is so low on the horizon that the dimple in the crater wall creates a shadow on along the east.While the dark ‘cascade of material’ falling down into the larger crater is likely caused by material falling into the crater floor. The moon spire is the latest in a long line of alien conspiracies based on freely available images released by space agencies.

MexicoGeek used Google Moon to zoom in on an area of the lunar surface between the Rupes Liebig and Rimae Marsenius craters. 

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