2020 has been the kind of year where someone might tell you a mysterious shiny metal pillar has been found in the remote
What was it? The common sense consensus is that it was an art installation, quite possibly by the late artist John McCracken, who said before his 2011 death that he always wanted to leave some kind of lasting piece of artwork in the desert. However, multiple attempts to determine the metallic tower’s origin indicated it was likely placed after McCracken’s death, as early as 2015, though other estimates said 2016.
If it was an alien probe, no one would blame the aliens if they used it to take stock of the Earth as it is in 2020 and decided this planet really wasn’t worth the trouble.