The habit or delusion of perceiving facial structures in commonplace items, such as the “man in the moon” or the face of Jesus on a piece of toast, is known as facial pareidolia. However, recently discovered crater on Mars may be the result of “bear-adoilia.” It cannot be denied that the crater resembles a bear’s face.
Caught On Cam
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera (HiRISE) has captured numerous bizarre craters on Mars over the years, including the well-known smiley face and images of an elephant and a bird.
The strange bear-snout-shaped protrusion in the centre of the crater, though, is undoubtedly the result of something else.
Alfred McEwen, the principle investigator for HiRISE, described the object as having a hill with a circular fracture pattern (the head), two craters (the eyes), and a V-shaped collapse structure (the nose).
“A buried impact crater’s deposit may have settled over it, which would explain the circular fracture pattern. Perhaps there is a volcanic or mud vent in the nose, and lava or mud flows may have formed the deposit. Perhaps just put on a brave face.”
“Nebula” In Brief
Pareidolia can find unlimited inspiration in space. Consider the random outpouring of gas and dust known as a nebula, which somewhat resembles the city-destroying monster Godzilla, or the Martian rock formation that NASA once mistaken for the weeping Muppet Beaker.
HiRISE, one of the MRO’s six research instruments, captured images of both Beaker and the recently found Martian teddy bear.
HiRISE is the most potent camera ever sent to another planet, according to UA, and has been taking photos of the Red Planet from orbit since 2006.
There are undoubtedly more amazing sights — and probably even more adorable faces — just beyond the Martian horizon.Over the Martian horizon, there are undoubtedly more amazing pictures—and probably even more adorable faces.