Despite the truth-is-out-there fervor presented in hundreds of tweets, most people (sensibly) came to the conclusion that the unusual spot in the top right corner is either a piece of the space station itself, a result of glare, or some other photographic quirk. Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku was not convinced about the validity of the supposed "cigar-shaped object" floating outside the space station.
"Eyewitness accounts are not enough, even a photograph could be a smudge," he told CBS News. "It could be a reflection off someone's windshield, or it could be almost anything,"
I think the important lesson to learn here: If there's a spaceship hanging out on the cusp of our atmosphere, casually floating alongside the most prominent, highly monitored space station in Earth's history, we will definitely know about it. Haven't you seen Independence Day?
Wil Fulton is a Staff Writer for Thrillist. His favorite alien in Independence Day was Jeff Goldblum. Follow him @wilfulton
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