Prolific author and blogger Scott C. Waring has made a habit of uncovering apparent phenomena that others have missed. He often trawls through old space mission images in the NASA archives – identifying features that the space agency has supposedly passed over. Frequently, he claims to reveal dramatic evidence of alien life. And in June 2020 he dropped another bombshell relating to a mysterious structure on the Moon.
Waring lives in Taiwan where he works as an English teacher, according to a 2017 Indiegogo crowdfunding appeal that he launched. At that time he was running a website called UFO Sightings Daily. The alien enthusiast wrote, “My goal [is] to raise humanity’s level of awareness of the aliens around us. To not build fear, but to build awareness.”
You can find Waring’s frequently updated alleged alien findings on the ET Data Base site as well as on UFO Sightings Daily. He posted supposed new claims on ET Data Base no fewer than 387 times in 2019, and the tsunami of apparent alien life discoveries continued the following year – with nearly 250 posts by the end of June. There are also many more posts on UFO Sightings Daily. Indeed, one unresolved mystery is how Waring spares time to teach the Taiwanese any English.
One of Waring’s June 2020 posts referred to a curious “black dome structure” that he alone claims to have discovered on the surface of the Moon. Waring found it in an apparently unconsidered image taken during the Apollo 15 mission back in 1971. That was a lunar landing flight led by Commander David R. Scott – with James B. Irwin and Alfred M.Worden on the crew.
As we said, Waring produces an enormous amount of material on his chosen topic of aliens. And over the years he has succeeded in attracting international press coverage with some of his more lurid stories. One of these was his tale published in the British newspaper Metro in 2015. The eye-catching headline read, “Is the Mona Lisa proof that aliens exist?”
Waring told the U.K. paper, “The likelihood of Leonardo da Vinci being an alien or half-breed is very high. He shows all the signs. He had very high intellectual ability, extraordinary creative range, and used them to accomplish quite a bit.” The UFO enthusiast added, “[da Vinci] is somebody who is able to operate across all these various fields, which is very unusual.”
Waring continued, “Geniuses rarely are great in all areas like [da Vinci]. He was known for hiding secret messages and codes in his artwork, so this new discovery gives us the key we have been missing about him – his extraordinary abilities came from or were those of aliens.” Waring was writing about the alleged discovery of an “alien high priest” in the Mona Lisa.
Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about Waring’s claim is that the high priest only emerged in 2015. For many years, the Mona Lisa had been one of the most studied paintings in the artistic world. So, we should perhaps be grateful that someone had finally noticed the concealed life form from another planet. Although it has to be said that we are not aware of any serious art historians who believe Da Vinci was half – or even full – alien.
Then, in 2016 the British Daily Express newspaper reported an extraordinary supposed UFO sighting over Lake Michigan. The story was based on a YouTube video that our alien expert Waring had uploaded to his UFO Sightings Daily website. The film shows seven mysterious lights crossing over the lake, though some claimed that these were simply Chinese lanterns.
However, Waring told the Daily Express, “The UFOs were following each other. It’s really a remarkable sighting. First off, most lanterns are red. Second, even if it is a white lantern, the fire below it will still be red-orange and we do not see that. The UFOs were following each other. It’s really a remarkable sighting.”
Waring added, “Third, the front UFO is moving way faster than the wind. I am confident in this sighting and it is great that someone caught it on video for us.” However, not everyone was convinced. One YouTube user quoted by the newspaper wrote, “They line planes up over Lake Michigan before they land at O’Hare Airport. They move very slowly and might appear to be hovering at the right angle.”
Waring then came up with another humdinger in September 2017. And the Daily Express – quite the faithful follower – picked up on this one, too. This time the newspaper reported the fact that Waring had written on his blog, “I found this jellyfish-like spider today in a Mars photo. The spider-like creature is standing straight up and has two large black eyes.”
Waring’s description of the alien creature continued, “It has many legs – at least four that I can see and the legs start out as flesh-colored – then as you look lower, they turn transparent.” In fact, Waring claims to have found a bizarre variety of creatures on Mars. They’re purportedly all visible in images captured by NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2012.
Waring had apparently found “a menagerie of Earth-like wild animals” in NASA pictures, according to the Daily Express. These supposedly included a giant mouse, a baboon and “tiny alien beings.” Waring was critical of NASA’s apparent negligence in missing the jellyfish spider. He wrote, “It took me 30 seconds to find this. You would think that after a decade of NASA exploring the Mars surface, they would at least reveal a single life form found [there].”
The Daily Express picked up yet another story generated by Waring in July 2020 with the intriguing banner headline, “NASA UFO sighting: alien ship 25 times size of Earth spotted near the Sun.” In this case, Waring had been scrutinizing images from NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) satellite. It was launched in partnership with the European Space Agency in 1995 to observe the Sun and the action of solar wind.
Waring claimed on his ET Database blog that, “There is a big chance that this black sphere is actually an alien ship or space station that was occupying a hollow space within [the] Sun and then was seen exiting. I call it the hollow-sun theory, and it answers a lot of our burning questions of why UFOs are seen around our sun and leaving our sun so often.”
Yet another of Waring’s alleged discoveries was reported by British tabloid the Daily Mirror in January 2019. On this occasion, he claimed to have spotted evidence of extra-terrestrial life on Mercury. Waring wrote, “I have discovered a long black structure in a crater on planet Mercury. This structure is non-reflective black – stealth black probably – so it won’t reflect radar and so it won’t stand out.”
And Waring had a clear idea about the purpose of this apparent structure. He continued, “You see, even aliens have enemies. They are not hiding the structures from humanity, they are hiding them from other alien species that may target them. Call it cultural or racial discrimination, but it’s there. They are not perfect, and many have not conquered their own desires yet – having not learned how to control many of their emotions.”
However, the Daily Mirror found someone who was less sure than Waring about what the images showed. Nigel Watson authored UFO Investigations Manual: UFO Investigations from 1892 to the Present Day in 2013. And he told the newspaper, “It is a big leap of the imagination to use such low-resolution pictures to think that there are alien structures on our nearby planets and they are used in battles between alien species or factions.”
Watson went on, “Even if there are alien bases out there, you would think they would have the technology to hide them from our cameras. Then again, any advanced aliens are likely to be very sneaky and might like playing with our minds!” So, perhaps there are extra-terrestrials that are simply having a joke at our expense.
We could carry on describing Waring’s claims about aliens on the Moon, in the Sun and on various planets for much longer. But by now you probably get the idea of where the extra-terrestrial obsessive is coming from. Actually, it is perhaps too easy simply to dismiss his writings, because there are actual scientists who take the view that aliens likely exist.
One of those who believes in the existence of extra-terrestrial life is Helen Sharman. The astronaut became the first Briton to go into space when she traveled aboard Soyuz TM-12 on an eight-day mission to the Mir space station in 1991. Once on the Russian space station she carried out medical and agricultural studies. Sharman has a PhD in chemistry, so her scientific credentials are impeccable.
And Sharman was unequivocal during an interview with The Guardian in January 2020. She said, “Aliens exist, there’s no two ways about it. There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe that there must be all sorts of different forms of life. Will they be like you and me – made up of carbon and nitrogen? Maybe not. It’s possible they’re here right now and we simply can’t see them.”
Evidently, it’s not just marginal characters who believe in alien life forms. An article that appeared in the March 2019 edition of respected magazine National Geographic took a serious look at the possibility that alien life forms actually exist. Sara Seager is an astrophysicist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she explained to the magazine the thinking behind the possibility of extra-terrestrial life.
Seager pointed out that there are at least 100 billion stars in the Milky Way – our galaxy. And that’s just a tiny corner of the universe. Overall, there are trillions of galaxies. So, the number of stars that exist is practically uncountable and the number of planets even more so. Just looking at the Milky Way, there are perhaps a minimum of 25 billion places where life might be viable.
Andrew Fraknoi is emeritus chair of Foothill College’s astronomy department in Los Altos Hills, California, and he’s another scientist with some startling views. Fraknoi told the San Francisco Chronicle in February 2020, “The intriguing possibility is [that aliens] are, in fact, here, but we just don’t know it.”
Fraknoi then explained the basis for his thinking. He said, “In all the mathematical models, a species that started early in the history of the galaxy and had the will and resources to diffuse could by now have filled many parts of the galaxy with its artifacts or biological spores.” As these scientists show, it’s far from true that all speculation about extra-terrestrial life comes from the exotic or even delusional fringes of research.
But it’s time we got back to our indefatigable alien hunter Scott Waring and his supposed dome on the Moon. As we’ve seen, the blogger says that he found this structure while poring over old photos taken during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. It’s probably worth refreshing our memories about that particular NASA Moon mission and its place in the Apollo program.
NASA’s Apollo missions got off to a bad start when the first of them caught fire – killing three astronauts in a practice launch procedure in January 1967. But the space agency persevered with its mission to put astronauts on the Moon. Indeed, President John F. Kennedy had announced the ambitious goal to land men on the planet by the end of the decade in 1961.
The NASA Moon mission achieved its goals with the launch of Apollo 11 in July 1969. Some 650 million people around the world were glued to their televisions as Commander Neil Armstrong clambered out of the Lunar Module and became the first human to set foot on the surface of the Moon. And his words have since become immortal, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
After Apollo 11, NASA launched five more manned Moon missions. All of them succeeded apart from Apollo 13, which was forced to abort its mission by near-catastrophic equipment failure. Apollo 17 – launched in 1972 – was the last of the crewed spaceflights to the Moon. Meanwhile, Apollo 15 took off for the Moon a year earlier with astronauts Scott, Worden and Irwin aboard.
Scott and Irwin spent nearly 67 hours on the Moon’s surface – exploring various lunar features aboard the Lunar Roving Vehicle. The three-man crew landed safely back on Earth on August 7. Furthermore, a huge archive of pictures and maps from the mission can be downloaded from NASA’s Apollo 15 Map and Image Library web page.
That NASA Apollo 15 image library was presumably the source for the picture that Waring claims shows something peculiar on the surface of the Moon. His ET Data Base entry on this topic reads, “Hey everyone, I found a black dome structure on the moon today. The dome looks tinted and dark with nine small black circles on its outer edge and a bright white reflection on its top.”
Waring’s blog entry continues, “In the video, I compare the appearance of this dome with some rocky craters nearby so that you can see the detail and the difference. I did add a little contrast to it to make it stand out, and stand out it does.” The video Waring refers to is on YouTube and proclaims, “Alien Files Unlocked: Warning Content Classified.” You might wonder why “classified” material is openly available on YouTube, but we’ll let that pass.
Many might examine the Apollo 15 moon-surface photograph cited by Waring and conclude that – even with the contrast boosted – they’re looking at nothing more than an everyday crater. But the alien hunter’s keen eye can apparently detect a sinister dome structure. And he’s quick to cast aspersions on NASA for failing to see or publicize this “unexplained” structure on the Moon.
Waring writes, “It seems obvious to me that NASA is going out of [its] way not to report such discoveries to the public. It’s a shame really. This kind of news would really excite a lot of astronomers and cause them to awaken into a new reality.” But what exactly is NASA “hiding” from the great American public?
“It looks to me like we have discovered here an alien base,” Waring asserts in his description of the supposed dome. “It doesn’t look anything like any of the other craters anywhere else in this photograph.” He then sets out to show how different the dome crater is from other holes in the same image. That’s fortunate, because some of us may have difficulty in spotting these apparent crucial anomalies.
But Waring is entirely confident of what he’s found, adding in the clip, “There’s nothing normal about this crater at all. Even the sides don’t look like a crater. The sides look like walls of fungus reaching upward and outward. It’s a mushroom fungus with some kind of black, some kind of dome structure inside.”
However, there are those who have little time for the likes of Waring and others who can find evidence of aliens seemingly almost anywhere. For many of us, the Apollo 15 image of the Moon shows nothing more than the exact type of landscape we’d expect to see. And one who does not conceal her skepticism is science journalist Yasemin Saplakoglu.
Saplakoglu wrote in a July 2019 piece on the Live Science website, “NASA dismisses these and other claims of ‘objects’ on the moon as simply mind tricks or a psychological phenomenon called pareidolia.” For reference, the latter term is when you see something that’s not really there. Saplakoglu compares it to “finding an image of a bear in a cloud or Jesus on a piece of toast.” Or even – she might have written – an alien dome on the moon.