Illusions in the Cosmic Clouds: Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space.
In a new image of the system, X-rays from our Chandra X-ray Observatory in gold are seen along with infrared data from our Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope in red, green and blue. Pareidolia may strike again as some people report seeing a shape of a face in WISE’s infrared data. What do you see?
Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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