A MYSTERIOUS alien-like hexagon that can be seen from outer space has long baffled the internet.
But the identity of the formation that lies on Australia’s rugged coastline has a more straightforward explanation.
The Harold E. Holt naval station is a secretive communications centre operated by Australia’s Department of Defence.
The installation is a joint Australian and American facility and it’s is also home to high-tech technology operated by the US Department of Defense's Space Force.
Author Garrett Graff in his book Raven Rock claims the station is made up of 13 radio towers.
The tallest, Tower Zero, sits in the middle while six other towers are placed in a hexagon around it.
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The facility sends radio signals to US Navy and Royal Australian Navy ship and submarines in the western Pacific Ocean and the eastern Indian Ocean.
It is considered to be the most powerful transmission station in the Southern Hemisphere.
During World War II the base was used to pass on messages between Australian and United States’ command centres and their ships and submarines.
The station is located near the town of Exmouth on Western Australia's north west cape.
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During the Cold War, American military intelligence was once based in Exmouth's Pilbara township, West Australia.
The town was built to support the Harold E Holt Naval Communications Base and stands as a monument to the cooperation between Australia and the US during the Cold War.
An expert, Anthony Barker, said that the US Navy had "amazing technology for communicating underwater with submarines".
But it needed "access to the ocean, some distance from big cities with conflicting radio transmissions, and so its very emptiness was ideal as far as the Americans were concerned."
It’s named after a former Australian Prime Minister who mysteriously vanished while swimming in 1967.
Back in 2020 mum-of-two Vanessa Hammond baffled the internet when she shared the bizarre formation on social media after spotting it on Google Maps.
Uploading pics of the hexagon shape with her 60,000 followers on Instagram, she asked them what it was.
One replied that it was "super creepy".
Intriguingly, she soon revealed that some people had responded with "lots of stories I’ve been asked not to share".
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