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A strange light found in a recent Curiosity rover picture from Mars has been revealed to be not an “alien bonfire”.

Conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts wanted to believe the light was some sort of sign that there was indeed intelligent life on Mars. The truth is, it was nothing more than cosmic rays reacting to the camera and playing tricks.

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According to National Geographic, two cameras captured the photo and while one picture showed the light, the second photo taken at the same time showed everything but the light.

NASA says this isn’t the first time a light has reflected off a rock in Mars rover pictures, but it is the first time people thought it involved aliens.

It should be noted that the image appeared two days in a row.

Source: Forbes