Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cookie Monster on Mercury

In view of the sudden importance that Big Bird and Sesame Street have assumed in the national presidential campaign, you may be amused that just recently, astronomers examining images of the battered surface of the planet Mercury have released this image of a large crater and several smaller ones that resemble "Cookie Monster."

Cookie Monster joins a set of craters on Mercury that resembles Mickey Mouse:

and Miss Piggy on Venus:

among the cartoon characters that fool our eye on other worlds.

Such images remind us of the flap, years ago, about the so-called "Face on Mars," which, in an early crude image, sort-of, maybe reminded some people of a face.  Like the Cookie Monster on Mercury, it was a perfectly natural land form on Mars, which happened vaguely to resemble something familiar. 

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