Internet pundits say they’ve solved the mystery of a giant metal cylinder that washed up on a beach.
The 2m-tall object found on an Australian coast has sparked mass speculation – but Reddit detectives say it fell from space.
The object washed ashore in Green Head, Western Australia, and was reported to police by confused beachgoers on Sunday.
It was found lying on its side and appeared to be damaged; cables or wires protruded from its top.
It was promptly investigated by the Western Australia Police Force and the country’s military, who said the object was “be treated as dangerous“.
Some speculated the object was the shredded part of an airplane – commentators even suggested it belonged to missing flight MH370, which disappeared in 2014.
Police insisted the cylinder couldn’t have come from an “airliner” – before online detectives jumped them to a new theory.
Amateur investigators began making suggestions on Reddit and Twitter The cylinder belonged to a lunar mission.
Theorists argued that the startling beach find did indeed fall from the sky – as a fuel bottle that was once attached to an Indian Polar satellite launch vehicle.
The Australian Space Agency, which was also investigating the discovery, appeared to support the idea – said it was likely coming from an “alien launch vehicle”.
and acc news.com.auThe space archaeologist Dr. Alice Gorman supports the theory.
dr Gorman told the news site, “When missiles are fired, the fuel tanks fall off, the fuel is used up and generally falls over the ocean like this one did.”
“It looks like it has been lying on the seabed for some time and has become a habitat for marine life. It was probably displaced by a storm and washed ashore.”
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is a rocket launcher designed, manufactured and operated by the Indian Space Research Organization.
The discovery of space debris comes like this India is preparing to launch another launch vehicle into space.
Police have since classified the property as “safe” and “not a threat to the community.”