Has NASA really found heaven? This viral claim was explained by TikTok

Has NASA really found heaven?  This viral claim was explained by TikTok

When it comes to outer space, we’ve learned to expect the unexpected. Every time we think we can get a handle on what exists and how everything works, we build a new telescope or discover a new technology and reality gets a little weirder.

In 1994, the alleged Hubble image was published alongside a report that NASA scientists had discovered a “City of God” in deep space. If you feel doubt, that’s okay and right. We like to imagine intrepid explorers like a ship’s crew Astronomy, nobly searches for new worlds in deep space, despite the danger. When compared to other professions, leaving the planet has a higher than average probability of death, but if an astronaut is destined for the afterlife, he wouldn’t expect to fly there directly. Or are they?

A viral video on TikTok has revived a 30-year-old heavenly Lord’s hangout image. Just to be clear up front, the photo is fake, but let’s go over how to tell it’s fake and not part of an elaborate government cover-up.

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The first time Hubble saw the sky

Galaxy M100 before and after Hubble repair

Galaxy M100 before and after Hubble repair

This before (left) and after (right) image of the M100 galactic core shows the dramatic improvement in Hubble’s view of the universe after the first servicing mission in December 1993. Image: NASA

The modern popular image of the universe has been largely defined by the Hubble Space Telescope and its stunning views of the cosmos. Hubble was launched aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990, and deployed the next day. Very quickly, NASA realized that there was a defect in the primary mirror, causing the images to appear blurry. However, as Hubble began sending back images of nearby planets and distant cosmic objects, astronomers were busy rewriting our understanding of existence.

In December 1993, astronauts carried out the first Hubble servicing mission. They install tools and updates designed to correct the defective mirror. After installation, the clarity of Hubble’s images was greatly improved. At the time, Hubble was the most powerful orbiting telescope in existence, and it allowed us to explore the nature of the universe like never before. Humanity had been granted an unprecedented view of the heavens, and we were ready for world-shaking discoveries.

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The TikTok app in question claims that NASA actually found the sky using the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994, shortly after repairs were completed. All of the video’s claims come in the form of a voiceover, which itself is based on information the narrator allegedly received from his uncle, who allegedly works for NASA. Indeed, we have to make a lot of concessions in order to believe what we are told. It doesn’t pass the smell test, but let’s keep going.

Over the course of nearly five minutes, we’re told that this photo of a celestial building is a confirmed NASA leak and that the organization has tried to bury the truth about it. None of this is true, of course, even if the video’s narrator has an uncle who works at NASA.

People have claimed that NASA has found evidence of some religious tradition or other for decades. Once scientists really started digging into the clockwork of the universe, people started claiming to find evidence of theism.

No, NASA did not take pictures of the sky with the Hubble Space Telescope (or any other telescope).

Herbig Haro 901 is a massive plume of gas and dust within the Carina Nebula.

Herbig Haro 901 is a massive plume of gas and dust within the Carina Nebula.

Herbig Haro 901 is a massive plume of gas and dust within the Carinae Nebula, a massive star-forming region in our galaxy. The column is several light-years across and contains a few massive young stars. Image: NASA, ESA, J. Beacon (STScI) Image: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

In 2016, an image began circulating online that was said to show the gates of heaven inside a nebula. The captions included the usual claims that scientists were embarrassed by what they found, but that wasn’t true, because the image was fake. More precisely, this was a work of art that was later co-opted to sell a religious story online. The image was one of a number of similar works by Adam Ferris, an artist known for using the pixel sorting process to create works of art from Hubble images. Ferris started with an actual Hubble image of Messier 17, the Swan Nebula, and created so-called sky gates by sorting the pixels to create stacks. Ferris never made any claims about the legitimacy of his work, but they were later picked up by third parties who attached the Heaven’s Gate narrative.

At least those posters had the common sense to take a new photo and spin a new story. The video that recently went viral on the City of God image couldn’t do that. Instead, he recycles a story from 1994, one that everyone knew was fake when it hit newsstands 30 years ago. Image was originally published in A Weekly world news A story titled “Heaven photographed with the Hubble Telescope.” The story was republished online in 2009. For those of you who don’t remember Weekly world news, a supermarket tabloid was interested in half-bat, half-human hybrids and finding out if you were descended from aliens. you bought Weekly world news For the chuckle, not because she was telling you the truth they I didn’t want you to know.

The story is built on a shaky foundation of truth. He begins talking about Hubble’s recent repairs, the ones that fixed the mirror defect, and the first clear images taken after that. Astronomers allegedly pointed Hubble to the “edge of the universe” and saw a magnificent celestial city floating in space. The photo, like the magazine itself, is in black and white. It shows what looks like a distant city, or perhaps a large house on a hill, against a dark, star-dotted sky.

Spikes of light extend from the outskirts of the city, extending into space at strange angles. It helps sell the image, giving the city a heavenly appearance, but also revealing its artificial nature. Because the nails are all wrong. You may have noticed, when looking at images from Hubble or the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), that bright objects like stars have distinct constellations of light scattered around them. You may also have noticed that the ridges visible in the Hubble images are different from the ridges in the JWST images, and there’s a reason for that.

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Diffraction spikes are an essential feature of images taken with mirror telescopes. The light collected by the primary mirror is slightly distorted, either from interacting with the mirror itself or from passing through the support supports. When looking at large, spread-out objects, the distortion is small enough that it is not really noticeable. However, when looking at stars, the high concentration of bright light causes visible spikes. Importantly, diffraction bumps are artifacts of a telescope’s structure, they do not represent the object being observed, which means we can determine whether a particular image was captured by a particular telescope from the pattern of the bumps.

Immediately, the scattered nature of the thorns in the sky image makes no sense. There are about a dozen ridges spread out in all directions but they favor the left side. The diffraction pattern does not match that of Hubble or any other orbiting telescope. Hubble’s diffraction bumps (which you can see in the actual Hubble image above) come in the form of a simple crosshair, combined with horizontal and vertical spikes. There are only four of them and they are always spaced at a 90 degree angle to each other. This doesn’t prove the story or that the photo is fake, but it does prove that Hubble didn’t take it.

The rest of the story collapses if its threads are pulled even slightly. The matter depends on the comments of the writer and researcher, Dr. Marcia Mason. The thing is, there is no record of Dr. Mason in the scientific literature doing astronomical work at the time the alleged photo was published or at any other time.

All other claims in the story include that President and then-Vice President Bill Clinton and Al Gore “took a deep personal interest” in the photo and that scholars were forced to conclude that “the only logical explanation is that the city was inhabited.” “Spirits of the Dead” and “We Found Where God Lives” come from unnamed NASA sources.

Of course, this may all just be part of the cover-up.

The Ark is currently in stasis but will return for Season 2 on SYFY later this year! Who knows what they will find. In the meantime, watch a wide range of sci-fi movies streaming now on Peacock.

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