It’s an exciting time now that NASA’s revealing new photos of Mars. The latest discovery, seen using high-resolution images of the Martian surface, is a mysterious circle of stones on a raised mound.
Dubbed ‘Marshenge’, alien enthusiasts have been comparing it to the famous pagan stone circle at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.
Nigel Watson, author of The UFO Investigations Manual, says that ‘Marshenge’ is likely to rile up people who believe Stonehenge was built by aliens.
“At present it is a huge leap of the imagination to compare Marshenge with the likes of Stonehenge,” he said. “For example, we do not know the scale of these objects or what they look like in any detail. Up close they could prove to be random stones cast up by marsquakes – the equivalent of earthquakes – in its distant past.”
The real Stonehenge has always been surrounded by supernatural folktales and theories that it was built by aliens. Little is known about what the site was actually used for when it was built in around 3,100BC. Many experts believe it was used for religious ceremonies or to mark the summer solstice. Others believe it was a meeting place for people to monitor “the heavens.”
The stone circle on Mars was spotted during the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRise, camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Ashwin Vasavada, who works on the Mars Curiosity Rover mission, said: “There is no group that would be happier to see such a thing than the 500 scientists around the world who work on this Curiosty rover. So far we haven’t seen anything that is so obvious that it would be similar to what these claims are.’ He believes the sightings are a psychological response that causes the mind to see familiar objects in random places.
What do you think? Is this just a regular old rock formation or do you think it has something to do with the real Stonehenge on Earth?
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