A mysterious black cube was briefly seen emerging from the Sun on a live camera before NASA ran into trouble at its site, sending conspiracy theorists into a frenzy.
Self-proclaimed extraterrestrial expert Scott C Waring, who is now based in Taiwan, claimed that the US space agency covered the particular area of the Sun and shut down the website “for maintenance” as soon as the black cube appeared.
Drawing images from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, an international cooperation project between NASA and the European Space Agency, a tiny cube-shaped object appears in the lower right corner of the Sun for about two seconds.
The clip is cut to an abrupt end and the screen goes black.
“You can see the cube coming out of the Sun and right after that, a big glitch that covers 25% of that,” Scott said.
“That’s it, let’s go! Glitch!
“Two images of the cube coming out of the Sun, then a huge glitch…one, two, glitch. Guys, this is mind-boggling.”
Scott suggested the spectacular moment took place on May 2 at around 1:06 p.m. GMT.
“It’s on the official SOHO site, you also see the cube and timestamp matches – 13.06, May 2,” he said before opening another tab showing the project information displayed. Helioviewer.
The website stated “Helioviewer will be unavailable on May 2 between 13:00:00 and 21:00:00”.
Scott then boldly suggested that NASA try to hide the black cubes traversing space, passing through the Sun.
Bernhard Fleck, project scientist and mission leader at SOHO, told Vice in an interview in response to the similar appearance of a black cube on the Sun that it was not an object.
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“The black square is due to a missing (corrupted) telemetry block,” he said.
“Most of the missing blocks are indeed filled by our pipeline processing, but it doesn’t always work, and not all missing blocks are filled correctly.
So, in simple terms, the appearance of black cubes are problems in the image itself caused by transmission errors between SOHO and Earth.