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Update What Is 96-Degree Angle On Back Side of Moon?
Optical processing errors? Or seven evenly spaced objects?
What Exactly Is the Mars Surprise “Rock”?

© 2014 by Linda Moulton Howe


Back side Moon: 22 Degrees 42 Min 38.46 Sec North / 142 Degrees 34 Min 44.52 Sec East
NASA image close-up and location provided by Mark Wood, U. S. Navy Captain (Ret.)

Update January 21, 2014 Mark Wood, retired U. S. Naval Flight Officer and Captain: Notice that in the upper side of the 96-degree-angle "V", the pixels that make up this side seem to be parallel to the very bright pixels, which I suggest might be the reflection of “sunrise” on a geographic feature like a vertical surface or crater wall. However, what is also interesting is that if we assume that the objects that make up the upper line of the “V” are optical processing errors or “echoes” from the bright area to the right, then we would also assume that the lower side of the “V” would be created by the same processing error or effect as the upper line.

But upon closer examination, we see that although the same features are seen on the lower side of the “V”, the bright light or reflection of “sunrise” does not exist, or at the very least tapers off at the lower side of the “V.” Yet the objects creating the lower side of the “V” are still there and identical to the upper side of the “V.” Thus, one could postulate that if they are processing errors caused by the bright light to the right of the “V”, then there shouldn’t be any anomalies showing up on the lower side of the “V” because the bright reflected light area doesn’t exist to the right of the lower side of the “V.” So therefore something else might be creating these objects or dots or we are seeing something physical in all seven objects.

Click here for Google Moon zoom to V-Pattern.


UPDATE January 21, 2014 Albuquerque, New Mexico - On January 18, 2014, I received emails about a NY Daily News article, “Researcher finds image of mysterious triangular object on moon” and also a YouTube video link about a V-shape of seven bright spots at coordinates given in the video:

I forwarded the YouTube video link to retired U. S. Naval Flight Officer Captain Mark Wood asking him if he could confirm there was such an image at those coordinates in Google Moon. He found the image and determined it to be a 96-degree angle with perhaps other anomalous features in the region and Earthfiles posted his comments below on January 19, 2014. Debate persists about whether the image is from optical processing errors or “echoes” from the bright area to the right presumed to be sunlight striking a raised feature? Or are in fact on some actual physical object?

January 18, 2014, NY Daily

Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master’s Degree in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. He is also a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer (P.E.). He was screened for Aviation Command and was assigned as the Executive Officer of the first Reserve Patrol Squadron to be assigned the new P-3C Update III as well as the Commissioning Commanding Officer of a Reserve Patrol Squadron Augment Unit (VPSAU).

On January 19, 2014, he emailed the following comments and Google moon images he has investigated that show such a V-shaped pattern is there in Google Moon on the back side of the moon near this latitude and longitude location: 22 Degrees 42 Min 38.46 Sec North and 142 Degrees 34 Min 44.52 Sec East

Questions continue to swirl about whether Google Moon was digitally altered? Or there are optical processing “echoes” or errors? Or this is a whistleblower leak? Or?

On January 19, 2014, Mark Wood, retired U. S. Naval Flight Officer and Captain: “Not only are the V-shaped 'lights' there, but I think I found two more interesting things in the same area. I found the position is close to 22 Degrees 42 Min 38.46 Sec North and 142 Degrees 34 Min 44.52 Sec East.

The image below is on the back or dark side of the moon. Notice many of the features are named for Russian (Soviet) people or places.
The blue square marks the site of the V-shaped pattern of “lights” and a couple of other anomalies I have found. With respect to the crater with the “V”, there is no name shown. That doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been named, just that it is very small and not shown on these photos.

This is identification information of the large image showing Russian names
and blue square marking site of anomalous V-pattern of “lights.”

Below is the one from the highest observer altitude. This is from 1,250 miles above the surface, but enables you to locate the area. If you look closely you can see a small red line at the lower left corner of the highlighted image.

1,250 Miles Above Moon's Back Side

29 Miles Above Moon's Back Side

“The point where the two red lines intersect is where the V-shape of ‘lights’ are.”


Above is a closer Google Moon view from 29 miles above the surface. Notice that there are two red reference lines. The point where the two red lines intersect is where the V-shape of “lights” are. The smaller red line points to a square shape in a crater (see image further below) that is 100 degrees and 1.25 miles from the V-shape. The other red line is 360 Degrees and 4 miles from the V-shape and it points to another V-shape, but this time a narrower angle and located on the downslope of a hill.


V-Shape of “Lights” 2,100 Feet Above Moon's Back Side

Above is one of two Google moon images of the V-shaped pattern of “lights.” The one above has a yellow pin position marker. This peg marker is from 2,100 feet above the moon's surface on the back side.

V-Shape of “Lights” 1,500 Feet Above Moon's Back Side

Above is a second closer Google moon image of the V-shape of “lights” from 1,500 feet above the moon's surface on the back side. What is also interesting to me about this feature is the very bright V-shaped area to the right of the V-lights feature — almost like the area is being lit up by something. I guess it could be “sunrise” from the left against a vertical crater wall, but hard to tell.


Measurements of V-Shape Pattern of “Lights”

I measured the two sides of the “V” (red lines) and then the “hypotenuse” (yellow line) connecting the two ends of the “V”. The two sides are equal in length and are @280ft. That means that the spaces between the seven objects, or “lights,” making up the V pattern would be @ 93ft. The “hypotenuse” is @ 420ft. With these dimensions that would mean that the angle between the two sides is greater than 90 degrees, and is @ 96 degrees, with the two other angles being equal and @ 42 degrees. One other observation is that the very bright light to the right of the V pattern I believe is from a rising sun. There were other small craters in the overlay that had a bright line on the same side.


Square-shaped Unknown in Small Crater

Above, the shorter red line in lower right extends from the V-shaped pattern of "lights" out to a “square” feature in a small crater that is at 100 Degrees and 1.25 miles from the V-pattern of "lights." The second longer red line extending to the upper left corner is 360 degrees and 4 miles from the V-pattern of "lights" and this anomaly appears to be another V- shape, but a wider V-shape and on the down slope side of a hill.

Close-up Square-shaped Unknown in Small Crater

This is closer on the square image in small crater. Notice this one also has the bright lit area to the right of the crater like the V-shaped pattern.

Closer On Wider V-Shape On Hillside

Below is the other wider and dimmer V-shape on hillside. Not sure if this is anything, but it sure looks like another V-type pattern.


NASA LRO 2011 Image of Moon's Back Side

The lunar farside as never seen before! LROC WAC orthographic projection centered
at 180° longitude, 0° latitude, March 11, 2011. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University.


Surprise Rock Anomaly On Mars

The mystery rock was photographed by the Opportunity Rover, which scientists have not moved for over a month waiting for Martian weather to improve. That's why Opportunity's images of the same ground on Sol 3528 and Sol 3540 were of the same ground where the strange rock suddenly appeared. Mars Opportunity rover mission team leader, geologist Steve Squyers, Ph.D., told a recent NASA Jet Propulsion Lab audience, “It's like nothing we've ever seen before. It's very high in sulphur, it's very high in magnesium, it's got twice as much manganese as we've ever seen in anything on Mars. I don't know what any of this means. We're completely confused, and everyone in the team is arguing and fighting (over what it means).”

Mark Wood: I was also studying the NASA images (below) you have at Earthfiles about “Rock Surprise On Mars.” I found another feature in the newer photo that didn’t seem to be in the older one. At first I thought it might just be light shining on the same object but at a different angle. But the more I looked at it, I don’t understand why it should all of a sudden be brighter than the objects to either side. In the older photo there is a dark object between the two small brighter rocks, but in the newer photo, the white area between the other two darker objects just doesn’t make any sense as to why it would change brightness if it is the same piece of rock.

Above comparison of two raw Pancam photographs from sols 3528 and 3540
in Opportunity's mission (a sol is a Martian day). Where did doughnut-sized rock
in the center of the photograph on right and below color image come from 12 sols later?
Prof. Squyres presented current Martian data and images before a “10 Years of Roving Mars”
event at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in Pasadena, CA,
on January 16, 2014. Image by NASA/JPL-CALTECH. Also see: Universe Today.

Linda Moulton Howe, Earthfiles: I have received many of emails commenting on the more “organic” shape of the object in the After image above that is 12 sols or Martian days after the Before image. There is a whiter depression in the Before Sol 3528 image exactly where the strange object appears in the After image on Sol 3540.

If anyone has more insider information about the 96-degree angle of bright spots on the Moon's back side in Google Moon; or the strangely organic-looking object or “surprise rock” that appeared in two images twelve Martian days, or sols, apart in above NASA images, please email:

All requests for confidentiality are honored.

More Information:

For further information about back of the moon and Project Clementine, please see reports below by finding and clicking on date and title in the Earthfiles Archive.

• 08/04/2011 — Part 2: New Zealand Abductee Talks About Vesta Asteroid, “Fifth Planet” and Our “Time Slip?” Moon
• 08/26/2010 — Where Did Our Moon Come From?
• 12/08/2006 — NASA Wants Permanent Moon Base by 2024
• 03/20/2005 — Astronaut John Young: "The Moon Can Save Earth's Civilization."
• 11/17/2004 — European Space Agency's SMART-1 Satellite Begins Moon Orbit
• 07/18/1999 — 30th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing, July 20, 1969


"Researcher finds image of mysterious triangular object on moon," January 18, 2014, NY Daily News:

NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter:

NASA LRO Images of Moon's Far Side And All the Way Around:

Project Clementine (photographed all of the Moon) in 1994:

"The Rock That Appeared Out of Nowhere On Mars," January 17, 2014, Universe Today:

"Mars rock 'like nothing we've ever seen before,' January 20, 2014, The New Zealand Herald:



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