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Cthulhu, Is That You? These Real-Life Cosmic Horrors Are Happening Right Now

I don’t have to remind you that we’re living in chaotic, unpredictable and even frightening times… hell, even browsing through news headlines can make you want to crawl under a rock and hide for a year or so (that is, unless you’re afraid of creatures who also like to live under rocks).

As connoisseurs of all things scary, what can we, a humble horror site, possibly do to help?

Well, I have an idea: since most news outlets seem to be focusing on what divides us, I’d like to focus on one thing that unites all humanity: the fear of all-powerful Lovecraftian monsters awakening from eons of slumber and crushing us like ants.

What, you think I’m kidding? Check out these cosmic horror headlines…

Image Credit: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Image Credit: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Someone — or Something — May Have “Hijacked” Voyager 2

NASA’s legendary Voyager missions have made history time and time again since the twin probes set out to explore the solar system nearly 40 years ago. Not only did they deliver the most astounding images and data from Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their respective moons, but they’ve recently crossed the boundaries of our planetary system and begun their endless journey into deep space… and, perhaps most amazing of all, they’re still in communication with Earth.

But NASA has reported something very strange going on with Voyager 2’s onboard computer: on April 22, 2010, when the craft was around 10 billion miles from home, it began to malfunction, sending data in a language that Mission Control’s computers couldn’t understand. But some experts in data analysis have suggested this was no mere malfunction: the probe’s operating system may have been hacked.

Scientist Hartwig Hausdorf shared this theory with German newspaper Bild: “It seems almost as if someone has reprogrammed or hijacked the probe… so perhaps we do not yet know the whole truth.”

This prompts an even scarier question: if Voyager 2 was indeed hijacked, then who — or what — is responsible?

Image Credit: Hayri Er
Image Credit: Hayri Er

Scientists Can’t Identify a Massive “Beeping” Beneath Arctic Waters

Something very strange is happening in the Canadian Arctic — a phenomenon so disturbing that teams of scientists and even the military are now involved in the investigation.

It all began near the remote Inuit village of Igloolik, near the Fury and Hecla Strait, where hunters began to report a strange “beeping” noise emanating from an unknown source near their hunting and fishing sites — a sound disturbing enough to scare most of the animals away.

Not only were the sounds interfering with the villagers’ livelihood, but Canadian security officials became concerned with the sonic anomaly. After an investigation of the area, experts believe the sound may actually be coming from the ocean floor… but as of this writing, they have no idea what’s creating it.

“The air crew performed various multi-sensor searches in the area, including an acoustic search for 1.5 hours,” said Canada’s Department of National Defense spokeswoman Ashley Lemire in a statement to the media. “The crew did not detect any surface or subsurface contacts.”

Image Credit: Chandra Observatory
Image Credit: Chandra Observatory

Pluto is Emitting X-Rays — and Nobody Knows Why

For the first time in human history, we’ve had a chance to see detailed images of the remote dwarf planet Pluto, when the New Horizons spacecraft began sending back data after a 4.5 billion mile journey.

New Horizons finished its flyby last year, but scientists will be analyzing the data for decades. Right now, however, there’s a lot of puzzling going on over a bizarre Plutonian anomaly: based on findings from the Chandra Observatory, the mini-planet is apparently sending out a small amount of X-ray radiation — despite data indicating these emissions shouldn’t be possible.

Normally, objects in space emit X-rays when charged particles from the sun (known as the “Solar Wind”) collide with magnetic fields generated by those objects… but scientists have determined that Pluto has no measurable magnetic field. So where’s this radiation coming from?

Image Credit: NASA
Image Credit: NASA

Does This NASA Photo of Mercury Reveal a Huge Black Monolith?

Before you leap for the comments section… yes, I know this rectangular shape, spotted on Mercury’s surface by NASA’s Messenger probe several years ago, is very likely a natural formation, and we’re just seeing another example of pareidolia — the tendency of the human brain to see familiar patterns in otherwise random things (like all those “creatures” spotted by Mars rovers). But what if I’m wrong? Could this object really be an artificial construct?

Scott C. Waring certainly thought so when he shared the photo to UFO Sightings Daily in 2012, claiming the black shape was an opening cut into Mercury’s barren, cratered surface… a “doorway,” as he calls it, measuring roughly three miles in length.

But Tyler Glockner, of UFO group SecureTeam10, suggests the black rectangle may not be an opening in the planet’s surface, but the shadow of a massive standing structure… just like the famous monolith from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

Glockner breaks down his theory in the video below.