Scott Kelly, currently on board the International Space Station, shared the snap via social media–and almost immediately users picked up on what appears to be an unidentified flying object in the corner of the picture.
The station orbits around Earth, and astronauts have increasingly shared pictures while stationed there.
Kelly shared the picture, which shows southern India and the space above it, on his 233rd day in orbit.
Alternative YouTube channels, curious space watchers, and others say they believe an object in the top right of the picture is a UFO.
“In the upper right of the photo you can clearly see a large object with two lights on each end,” one YouTube user, Sonofmabarker, wrote on his page. “It also appears to be very large and constructed.”
“We see here what appears to be a long, white UFO,” added another user. “It looks to have two lights on it, one on each end.”
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) November 15, 2015
Scott Waring, the editor of ufosightingsdaily.com, went even further—claiming Kelly knows it’s a UFO in the picture and intentionally shared it.
“When an astronaut tweets a photo of a UFO, you can bet people notice it. Scott Kelly likes to send out photos of the view from the windows of the space station…and they look cool,” he said. “This one however has a cigar shaped glowing UFO with a metallic body in it. The UFO is about 25 meters long and 150-200 meters away. It looks like Scott was trying to hint at the existence of aliens. Message received Scott, and thanks.”
But neither Kelly nor NASA has commented on the picture, and others say it shows nothing.
“So this photo here everyone thought was a UFO. The little bright thing you see in the top right. It was thought to be a cigar shaped flying object. Well, all you have to do is put the photo in photoshop and turn up the brightness and you can see its part of the space station,” said one Facebook user.
Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku added to CBS that the image could just be a smudge.
“Eyewitness accounts are not enough, even a photograph could be a smudge. It could be a reflection off someone’s windshield, or it could be almost anything,” he said. “That’s why we want something tangible — an alien chip, alien DNA — then the debate is over.”