NASA Finds Strange “Thermal Anomaly” in the Middle of the South Atlantic

Observing our planet with the help of satellites can help reveal unusual and amazing things.

Now, NASA has spotted a massive thermal anomaly in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean causing a massive debate on social networks as people try to figure out what’s so hot in the water?

And while a number of YouTube conspiracy theorists wonder if we are looking at aliens… NASA has an answer. (Apparently)

As explained in an article published in Earth Observatory NASA, last year, on July of 2017, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite snapped a night image of the South Atlantic.

And while at first glance nothing may seem out of place, there’s a small red dot several hundred kilometers off the coast of Brazil.

That red dot signalizes a thermal anomaly, an area on the surface of the planet that’s unusually hot.

Now, of the thousands of images that the VIIRS detects each night, most of the red dot it shows are caused by fires.