The imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features.

But in this case is it really pareidolia or has Solo been found on Mercury?  Click to compare with a “Empire Strikes Back” Han Solo prop.

From the Messenger site:

If there are two things you should remember, it’s not to cross a Hutt, and that Mercury’s surface can throw up all kinds of surprises. In this image, a portion of the terrain surrounding the northern margin of the Caloris basin hosts an elevated block in the shape of a certain carbonite-encased smuggler who can make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. This block may be part of the original surface that pre-dates the formation of Caloris, which was shaped by material ejected during the basin-forming event. The act of seeing a meaningful shape in random landforms is a form of pareidolia—and has been seen for Mercury more than a few times before…

Image(s) credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/UPI/Johnathon Hordle/Rex Features

4 thoughts on “Pareidolia?

  1. Where can I report about a recent “green fireball” sighting? Two different occasions.

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