What looks like a towering human figure striding the deserted plains of the Moon has been spotted on Google Earth and bears an uncanny resemblance to what the ancient statue, "The Colossus of Rhodes", is thought to have looked like before it was felled into the harbor of the Greek island by a massive earthquake in 226 BC.
What is it?
In the video posted here, published to YouTube on July 18, the unusual, shadowy figure was found by an intrepid anomaly hunter named Jasenko poring over the millions of images published by Google Earth that make up the Google Moon landscape.
Pinpointing a desolate stretch of the lunar surface, YouTuber wowforreeel zeroes in on the figure, orients it to a horizontal angle and zooms in on the increasingly odd shadow which looks like a statue of a man, giant legs spread apart and perhaps thousands of feet high.
Of course, the shadow might be explained in a number of ways, particularly as a trick of light or a camera lens glitch.
But, if those explanations are ruled out, it still leaves the question of what this object is, since it appears to be rising a great distance from the surface of the Moon.
The unusual figure recalls an earlier anomaly, known as "The Shard" and taken by a lunar orbiter back in 1967.
The quality of that image is nowhere near as fine and detailed as this one, but it caused serious speculation in its day, before NASA landed on the Moon, by those wondering what kind of object could have cast such a giant shadow.
This may be just another example of Pareidolia, what Wikipedia explains is "a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the Man in the Moon and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse."
Whatever this object is, it's certainly set apart from other anomalies found by paranormal researchers scanning Google Earth for strange phenomenon.