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Geoff

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This thread is for posting any images that look like faces, animals, plants or anything you think has an interesting shape.
Humans are very good at pattern matching, probably due to evolution (it’s rather handy being able to distinguish the face of a tiger hiding in the undergrowth waiting to pounce on passers-by!).
This ability to find patterns in the environment is called  Pareidolia and/or Apophenia.

Here are some examples from the forum, in no particular order.

The face in the white crater, posted by Half65 25 July 2010, shows how little is required to create an image of a human face.



# ID: AMZ1001azx
# Latitude: -9.02022°
# Longitude: 15.4515°



The following face was posted by ElisabethB, 29 June 2010 in the Interesting terrain thread. I have rotated the image into ‘portrait’ mode!


Latitude: -3.20623°
Longitude: 336.641°




In the following image, I see a sea-horse on the right and a bearded man at the bottom left.

I found these marvelous flat critters. I can't imagine what could cause them. Does anyone know?
Posted in Lunar Features - channels, pits, domes. 18 May 2010.


http://moonzoo.s3.amazonaws.com/v10/slices/000332765.jpg
Latitude: 18.6301
Longitude: 5.27681
(near the Ina formation)



I call this 'Man emerging from pit'



From Moore F crater.  M103302202RC



I’m sure that there are many more faces, animals, plants and other exotic things to find in the images we get to analyse. Post them here with a description of what you see.

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Re: Pareidolia - seeing what isn't there. Add your items here...
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011, 11:01:56 am »
Here's my Happy Bunny!

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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2011, 03:29:50 pm »
In this message, Tom128 states he pareidoliacally saw an angel in a clip of an image I posted.
http://forum.moonzoo.org/index.php?topic=62.msg10241#msg10241

He's right!


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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2011, 03:46:11 am »
I see a heart in Kepler. Nice to know. Everyone needs some luvin.

http://www.moonzoo.org/examine/AMZ1003aaa
AMZ10039vz
Latitude: 10.3798°
Longitude: 311.297°
Sun Angle: -82.77°


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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011, 06:32:25 pm »
This needed to be mentioned here.

I think this is a faux Ina-like formation and looks like a lunar whale. Quite interesting though!  Located southeast of Maclear crater.



9.26 N,  21.51 E

http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc/view_lroc/LRO-L-LROC-2-EDR-V1.0/M111456730LE near bottom right of photo strip.

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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2011, 12:23:43 pm »
Moon Goblin!

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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2011, 06:00:12 pm »
And from placidstorm.... The Skull.



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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2011, 04:07:36 pm »

moon-nessie
@ -160.44189 lon X 22.25593 lat
« Last Edit: August 01, 2011, 04:10:42 pm by placidstorm »

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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2011, 10:58:54 pm »
And the big, fluffy-eared Moon-wolf shadow...

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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2011, 05:35:11 pm »
Hello Everyone ,
  Was Zoomin the other day and came across a way cool crater . Jules told me it was Jackson crater . So i looked looked
up Jackson crater on the web and found it was named after the late Michael Jackson ! News ta me  :D .
  Jackson crater has some serious eye candy happening . I've spent a few day's in there tulein about , wishing i had a dirt bike .
The other day I came across a feature and said to myself ... self , this really is Jackson crater ! And here he is


lon -163.59311 lat 22.10086


  So now my question is.......Jules , wurs Elvis crater ?? ::)

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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2011, 01:41:01 pm »
 ;D ;D I'm lookin'. I'm lookin'!!
Hmm - I think the (Michael) Jackson crater is a smaller affair on the near side. Formerly known as Posidonius J (and still is by the IAU) ;)
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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2011, 05:21:35 pm »
Soooo... are you telling me he's moon walkin in the wrong crater  :o .

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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2011, 05:39:41 pm »
Yep - well he did "own" several parts of the Moon! ;)

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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2011, 03:45:23 pm »
Person praying , O please lord don't let me screw up !

lon -163.44572 lat 21.98926 @ 0.5 m/p

act http://target.lroc.asu.edu/da/qmap.html?mv=eqc&mcx=-4956167.82635&mcy=666756.78181&mz=16&ml=FFFB00TT

nac  http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc/view_lroc/LRO-L-LROC-3-CDR-V1.0/M112665165RC  just above the hills in a gully of melt roll off 1/3 the way up the strip
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« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2011, 05:41:00 pm »

Boulder Bob Hides in the shadows
You may find him @lon -163.23327 lat 22.27399
Or look just north of the central mnt. cmplx of Jackson crater and find him yourself . A good exercise for shadow diving .

act http://target.lroc.asu.edu/da/qmap.html?mv=eqc&mcx=-4949681.07635&mcy=675350.28181&mz=15&ml=FFFB00TT

nac  http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc/view_lroc/LRO-L-LROC-3-CDR-V1.0/M115027277LC  in the middleish
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