Saturn has a staggering number of 82 moons, of which 53 have been confirmed by astronomers and 29 are waiting to be named . Out of these 82 natural satellites, the ringed planet’s innermost moons are some of the most peculiar objects in the solar system. Snapped by NASA’s historic Cassini space probe in 2017, the moons were revealed to be shaped like ravioli dumplings. The peculiar round shape with a thin ridge jutting out from the moons’ equators is oddly reminiscent of the classic flying saucer alien spacecraft.
The revelation has prompted popular UFO-hunter Scott C Waring, who runs the website UFO Sightings Daily, to speculate one of the moons could be an alien space station.
Mr Waring explained: “Here is an interesting find. There is a moon of Saturn that looks just like the classic flying disk.
“Planet Saturn has 53 moons at the moment. I say at the moment because advances in tech make new information available daily. More may be found in coming years.
“The disk moon doesn’t appear to be a moon at all but probably a space station that orbits Saturn.
“Notice the Saturn ring that is attached to it? This ring is 100 percent proof that aliens on Saturn created this artificial moon to be a space station in orbit around the planet.
“Why hide it and make it appear as a natural moon? To help protect.”
The supposed “artificial moon” in NASA’s photograph, is the moon Pan.
NASA snapped the two pictures of the unusual object March 7, 2017, when the Cassini spacecraft within 15,300 miles (24,600 km) of the Moon.
This was the closest flyby of Pan Cassini achieved during its lengthy mission and it gave NASA the opportunity to reveal an incredible level of detail on the Moon’s surface.
The US space agency said: “The views show the northern and southern hemispheres of Pan, at left and right, respectively.
“Both views look toward Pan’s trailing side, which is the side opposite the moon’s direction of motion as it orbits Saturn.
“Cassini imaging scientists think that Pan formed within Saturn’s rings, with ring material accreting onto it and forming the rounded shape of its central mass, when the outer part of the ring system was quite young and the ring system was vertically thicker.
“Thus, Pan probably has a core of icy material that is denser than the softer mantle around it.”
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“You may avoid all instances where there is even a one percent chance of death, or even as low as 0.01 percent depending on the aliens’ preferences.”
“Life for them is more valuable since it is much longer than our own. So they hide the best they can.”
The more likely explanation, however, is Mr Waring fell for the effect of a bizarre trick of the mind known as pareidolia.
Pareidolia causes people to see shapes and patterns where they do not exist, often leading UFO-hunters to spot aliens in oddly-shaped rock formations and shadows.
NASA explained: “Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognisable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space.”
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