• UFO expert spots a strange object in NASA's photo
  • The photo was taken during the STS-39 Space Shuttle mission
  • The UFO expert believes the alien vessel is monitoring Earth

A UFO expert claimed that NASA’s photo of the Moon accidentally showed a strange-looking alien spacecraft hovering in low-Earth orbit. According to the expert, the alleged UFO in the photo is a rare one due to its shape.

The strange object was spotted by Scott Waring of the UFO-centered blog ET Data Base. He came across the object in a photo featured in the website Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, which houses a collection of images taken during NASA’s space missions.

The particular photo that Waring focused on was taken during the STS-39 mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery, which was launched on April 28, 1991. The main objective of the mission was to conduct payload experiments for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Shortly after leaving Earth, the mission’s astronauts took a photo of the Moon from space. In the photo, the Moon can be seen in the center with a portion of Earth right below it.

In the source website, parts of the photo can be enlarged by moving the cursor over it. As noted by Waring, placing the cursor near the lower right-hand corner of the photo would reveal an image of a strange object just outside Earth.

Unlike other UFOs, the object in the photo has a very strange shape and resembles a lightning bolt. According to Waring, he had never seen an alien vessel shaped like that before.

“I was searching through NASA archive photo and saw this beautiful moon photo taken from the Shuttle Discovery,” Waring wrote on a blog post. “I didn't think I would find anything at the time, just thought it was a beautiful photo. I enlarged it and put it into autofocus and found something amazing. There was a black lightning bolt UFO in the lower right-hand corner of the photo. I have never ever reported a UFO of this shape. It's very rare and unlike anything I had come to expect.”

Although Waring strongly believes that the object is a UFO that’s closely monitoring Earth, there could be a natural explanation behind it. Based on the image, it is possible that the object’s appearance was caused by a flaw in the photo.

Earth's collision with a Mars-sized body may have given it its life-essential volatile elements. Pictured: In this NASA handout, the umbra, or moon's shadow, passes over Earth during the total eclipse Monday, August 21, 2017. Viewing the eclipse from orbit were NASA's Randy Bresnik, Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, ESA (European Space Agency's) Paolo Nespoli, and Roscosmos Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy. Getty Images/NASA