Astronaut Captures Eerie ‘Ghostly Face’ Gazing Up from Earth

NASA images reveal that from space, a deep volcano pit in the Sahara Desert 3,000 feet beneath ground level looks like a human skull.

NASA Earth Observatory reported last week that an astronaut aboard the International Space Station spotted this strange formation in the Tibesti Mountains in the Republic of Chad. NASA has re-shared photos originally taken in February of this year.

In a blog post, NASA Earth Observatory stated that the 1,000-meter-deep volcanic pit in northern Chad and the soda lake Trou au Natron have the appearance of ghostly faces looking at you.

Photos appear to show a huge, massive skull. The white material surrounding the two eye sockets and the nose gives the appearance of a skull. NASA explained the material is “a mineral made from a sodium salt called natron”.

Researchers have had difficulty researching Trou au Natron because the Tibesti Mountains are considered to be the most remote region in the world.

NASA said that research has shown that this area used to be covered by a lake 14,000 years ago. Fossilized algae samples from 2015 date back 120,000 years.

NASA has released an image taken by the Juno probe last month as it passed Jupiter.

Scientists have studied the area to understand the processes that occur in Jupiter’s atmosphere.

NASA says that those who see faces in space images are experiencing pareidolia. It is the “effect which causes observers to perceive faces or patterns at random.”