NASA releases extraordinary video of huge ‘UFO flying saucers’ hovering above Mount Etna

The strange clouds, known as “lenticular clouds”, are often mistaken for alien spacecraft. The time-lapse video, shared by NASA, shows the clouds in a series of images, lit up by orange glow of the volcano’s lava. The unusually shaped clouds are formed when moist air is forced to flow upwards near a mountain or volcano.

The clouds are formed mostly in the troposphere, the lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere.

The clouds have often been mistaken for UFOs throughout history, due to their smooth, round structure.

The images were shared by astrophotographer Dario Giannobile on Twitter, captioned “Earthshine Moon and Lenticular Cloud Over Mount Etna Eruption”.

NASA shared the picture on Monday as its astronomy picture of the day. NASA explained: “What’s happening above that volcano? Although Mount Etna is seen erupting, the clouds are not related to the eruption.

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NASA news: lenticular clouds are often mistaken for UFOs due to their disc-like shape (Image: Dario Giannobile/NASA)

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NASA news: NASA shared a timelapse video of the event (Image: Dario Giannobile/NASA)

“They are lenticular clouds formed when moist air is forced upwards near a mountain or volcano.

“The surreal scene was captured by chance late last month when the astrophotographer went to Mount Etna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sicily, Italy, to photograph the conjunction between the Moon and the star Aldebaran.

“The Moon appears in a bright crescent phase, illuminating an edge of the lower lenticular cloud. Red hot lava flows on the right.

“Besides some breathtaking stills, a companion time-lapse video of the scene shows the lenticular clouds forming and wavering as stars trail far in the distance.”

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NASA news: the images were captured by astrophotographer Dario Giannobile (Image: Dario Giannobile/NASA)

Mount Etna is the most active volcano in Europe, with explosive activity increasing at its New Southeast Crater (NSEC) in July.

The volcano last erupted in May, spewing lava in a number of substantial eruptions.

Two fractures opened at the base of the South-East crater and on the north-eastern flank of the New South-East crater at about 3am local time (2am BST).

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NASA news: Mount Etna is the most active volcano in Europe (Image: Dario Giannobile/NASA)

Mount Etna, towering above Catania, Sicily’s second-largest city, has one of the world’s longest documented records of historical volcanism, dating back to 1500 BCE.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) said their surveillance cameras showed increased gas emissions from the base of the southern flank of NSEC, indicating that a new fissure has opened at the crater.

It created ash emissions, explosions and lava flows. The volcanic ash cloud reached 4.5 km (15 000 feet) above sea level.

Despite this, Mount Etna is considered as one of the safest volcanos in the world, with communities living around the site and a host of tourist spots present.

The eruptions are thought to have caused a total of 77 deaths in its history.

Its unpredictable behaviour sees it being one of the most guarded volcanos in the world.

Tourists are able to climb up Mount Etna, yet are urged to take extra and specific precautions and walk in groups.

MH370 bombshell: Does investigator’s ‘secret’ clue prove co-pilot made distress call?

MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur Airport on March 8, 2014, destined for Beijing, China, with 239 people on board. The Boeing 777 last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am while travelling over the South China Sea, before disappearing altogether. However, a secret investigation may have discovered an emergency signal made moments before the jet vanished.

Malaysian police detailed how a telecommunication tower at Bandar Baru Farlim Penang in Malaysia detected a mobile number registered to Mr Hamid minutes before the plane dropped off the radar.

Former easyJet chief pilot Mike Keane said this supported the theory that Captain Zaharie Shah forcefully took control of the aircraft before plunging it into the sea.

He believes Mr Shah told Mr Hamid to go to the cabin before he locked the cockpit and depressurised the plane.

He theorises that Mr Hamid then used his phone in a desperate attempt to contact authorities.

He said in March: “The first officer would have been skilled in responding to depressurisation due to regular training.

“If Fariq had his mobile phone with him, he would have grabbed an oxygen bottle before taking his phone off flight mode or switching it on.”

However, telecommunications expert Matthew Sorell claims the phone may have actually been left on for the whole flight and performed a “new location area update” when approaching Penang.

He claimed: “This means the phone was on, and responded automatically when it detected the cell signal over Penang.”

Authorities in Malaysia had previously dismissed reports of the phone detection, which were first made in April 2014.

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“Imagine what it would have been like for Zaharie to see the yellow plastic cup bob down after depressurisation. 

“He would have been momentarily rattled, but with his experience, he would have realised immediately what had happened and what needed to be done.”

Ms Negroni theorises that Mr Shah tried to make it back to the cockpit, but struggled to catch his breath.

She adds: “The distance between the bathroom and the cockpit is just a few steps, but like Fariq, Zaharie was a smoker and probably more susceptible to the effects of oxygen deprivation.

“If he got out of the bathroom, if he got down the narrow corridor, if he got to the door of the cockpit without losing consciousness, another challenge would have awaited him.

“The cockpit door unlocks automatically when cabin altitude is lost. Would Zaharie have remembered that?

UFO sighting? Mystery flying object spotted in Amsterdam tornado sparks BIZARRE theories

The strange object sparked theories of possible extraterrestrial sightings  and even “dark angels”. A video showed the mystery object on YouTube channel Mavi777, which depicts a strange glowing object flying in the sky above the tornado. One user commented on the video claiming the “orb lights” are the “fallen ones”.

The user claimed that “cattle mutilations are the work of these orbs which are dark angels.”

They continued: “They are also responsible for the crop circles.”

Another said: “Unbelievable footage. We are not alone.”

However, one user offered a more mundane explanation for the flying object.

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They said that the objects are just weather drones sent to gauge the power of the tornado.

Another strange phenomenon was spotted this month in the skies above Brazil.

A massive shining figure was recorded flying in the cloudy sky.

The footage showed the peculiar entity changing direction whilst maintaining its shape.

A video was uploaded on YouTube showing a T-shaped shining object roughly resembling an angel in a long robe.

The cameraman said in the video: “It looks like light refraction but then again it looks like some type of energy source.

“It’s even got the harmonious appearance of an angel.”

An explanation for both events remains unclear.

Is Donald Trump trying to deport Melania? Wild conspiracy theory sparks Twitter meltdown

Trevor Noah made the explosive joke on The Daily Show, a US news satire programme. The host laid out the comedy conspiracy theory on Wednesday, pointing towards Donald Trump’s new immigration policy, announced this week. Mr Noah explained on the tongue-in-cheek show: “Now the reason I’ve been thinking about Melania lately is because in the wake of Trump’s recent immigration crackdown, I’ve started to notice something that’s got me really concerned.

“I think Donald Trump is trying to deport Melania. And you might be asking ‘why would he want to deport his wife?’ I don’t know, I don’t know. But things haven’t exactly been perfect between them.

“When he tried to hold her hand in public, she tried to slap it away.

“And who knows, it may have even created some tension between them and then the whole country found out about it.

“Anyway, you know, normal relationship issues, and I know it sounds crazy. Donald Trump wants to deport his wife?

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Melania Trump news: Trevor Noah detailed the bizarre claim (Image: Getty)

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Melania Trump news: Trevor Noah explained the conspiracy on his news satire show (Image: The Daily Show)

“But if you look at all of Trump’s immigration policies, a lot of people think that he just hates immigrants, but when you put them all together, you start to notice a pattern.

“All of his policies seem to be aimed at his wife.”

Mr Noah then used clips from Fox News and President Trump’s own comments to help connect the dots of his farcical conspiracy theory.

However there is absolutely no suggestion any of what the US entertainer has said is true, as Melania and Donald Trump are happily married with no verified strains in their relationship, leaving Mr Noah’s extraordinary theory in tatters. 

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Melania Trump news: the hashtag “Don’t Deport Melania” started trending on Twitter afterwards (Image: The Daily Show)

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, Mr Noah continued to spout his ludicrous ideas.

He then said: “And as if this wasn’t enough evidence that Donald Trump is trying to deport his wife then how do you explain the new policy his administration announced this week?

“Saying that immigrants who receive assistance from the Government may not be allowed to stay in the US.

“Well guess who lives in a free house, provided by the United States.”

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Melania Trump: Trevor Noah even tweeted the hashtag himself (Image: The Daily Show)

Although the outlandish theory was clearly made in jest, the segment triggered the trending of #DontDeportMelania on Twitter overnight, as users jokingly joined in with the theory, with Mr Noah himself posting: “Don’t do it Donald, #DontDeportMelania.”

Another user said: “This is hilarious #dontdeportmelania has to be one the best trending yet today.”

A third wrote: “Welp, Trevor Noah now owns the internet and we all have to pay him rent. #DontDeportMelania”.

The wild theory follows the Trump administration’s latest ruling, which would make it easier to reject green card and visa applications.

Acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli said it will encourage “self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States.”

He added: ”We certainly expect people of any income to be able to stand on their own two feet,.

“So if people are not able to be self-sufficient, then this negative factor is going to bear very heavily against them in a decision about whether they’ll be able to become a legal permanent resident.”

Area 51 mystery amid claims of ‘significant testing’ at secretive US base

The remote Nevada-based military outpost has been subject to mass attention in recent months over a jokingly planned October ‘raid’. Although the event was intended to mock conspiracy theorists, the secretive base is once again making headlines after “significant” tests were reportedly carried out in the area over the weekend. According to aerial analyst Bryan Herbert, a handful of writs warning pilots of restricted areas have been handed out recently.

Called ‘Notices to Airman’ (NOTAM), the documents detail any areas within the Nevada Test and Training Range that are off-limits to any air traffic.

A notice given last week wrote off 750 miles squared of land that lies near a number of significant practice targets.

It includes a training post for Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and other integration exercises.

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Area 51 raid: a prank gone wrong? (Image: GETTY)

The event attendees plan to evade any incoming bullets

The event attendees plan to evade any incoming bullets (Image: GETTY)

The restricted area also encompasses Desert Dry Lake, which sits just 30 miles away from Area 51.

The initial set of NOTAMs stretched from August 8 until August 12.

In addition to this, ‘Janet’ flights – a secret airline that only serves Area 51 – were spotted flying out to the area and surrounding installations.

This is thought to suggest that a major test event, or series of events, is taking place.

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The Nevada Test and Training Centre (Image: GETTY)

The region is thought to have been used for testing out secret or sensitive weaponry.

Because of its remote location and highly secretive nature, it appears the perfect place to carry out dry runs.

It is thought that the US Air Force’s new B-21 Raider stealth bomber could be seeing its first tests.

Even though it is not set to have its first official flight until June 2021, the Nevada site could be used to analyse its progress and carry out tentative tests.

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The NTTC has been used for multiple military drills

The NTTC has been used for multiple military drills (Image: GETTY)

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Can you spot Area 51? (Image: GETTY)

At the same time, it could simply be routine testing by the Trump administration.

Increased attention on Area 51 has fuelled a number of theories from various analysts and ordinary citizens alike.

Some feel that the US government is hiding aliens in the military base, away from public view.

They feel the remains from an alleged UFO crash near Roswell in 1947 are being concealed.

Ufologist James Abbott says that too many people have made allegations against Area 51 for the military site to be a routine one.

It is yet to be seen whether the US government are hiding aliens in Area 51

It is yet to be seen whether the US government are hiding aliens in Area 51 (Image: GETTY)

He added: “If – and it’s a very big if – the US government has come into possession of some incredible material or technology which could not have originated on this planet, Area 51 would be at the top of anyone’s list for researching it.”

Last month over a million people signed up to a Facebook event pledging to storm Area 51.

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee told CNN ahead of the event the town of Rachel is too small to handle two million people storming the US base.

He said: “I cannot believe it’s gotten this much attention. We deal with this on a weekly basis but nothing to this scale.”

MH370 shock theory: Plane ‘stalled in mid-air as crew panicked during mechanical failure’

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The official investigation concluded the plane most likely ended up at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, but there are many other theories too. Experts on the Channel 5 documentary ‘Flight MH370’ theorised MH370 could have met the same fate as Air France flight 447 in 2009.

On June 1, 2009, AF447 suffered a catastrophe en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 people on board.

Aviation lawyer James Healy-Pratt said: “[AF447] encountered some bad weather.

“There was an issue with some of the avionics and then the crew reacted improperly to a problem.

“That then turned the crisis into an emergency.”

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Ice had formed in the tubes that measure air speed, which disconnected the autopilot.

The pilot erroneously reacted by lifting the nose of the plane up, which caused it to lose speed and stall mid-flight.

Mr Healy-Pratt added: “The airbus stalled at 34,000ft and took three and a half minutes to impact the ocean with the loss of all 228 on board.”

The documentary asked: “Could something similar has happened to MH370?

The main difference between the two tragedies is that AF447 was eventually found, because the plane had been sending regular maintenance updates to Air France’s headquarters.

The Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System including GPS data that marked the plane’s exact location when it disappeared.

Two years later, the black boxes were recovered from the ocean.

In contrast, MH370’s wreckage was never found – however, experts have considered whether the crew may have encountered a mechanical failure and panicked, just like the AF447 pilot did.

Aviation consultant Alastair Rosenschein told Channel 5: “All pilots know that the fist thing you do is aviate, then you navigate, then finally you communicate.

“But there was no radio call so one would suggest it possibly was some sort of emergency which prevented the pilots from communicating straight away.”

One such theory was an oxygen bottle exploded causing devastating damage.

This is what happened on EgyptAir flight 667, which suffered a ground fire at Cairo Airport on July 29, 2011.

UFO bombshell claim: ‘Stunning’ US Navy sightings are ‘most important in last 70 years’

Several US Navy aviators came forward in May, with the permission of the US Department of Defense, to report sightings during training, suggesting they had seen strange objects over the east coast of the USA between 2014 and 2015. Pilots claimed the were also able to stop quickly and turn suddenly even against deadly winds, and declassified footage showed one such object hurtling rapidly across the sea at speeds.

James Abbott, who has just published the second volume in his series, The Outsiders’ Guide to , said he was both intrigued and excited by the revelations.

He told Express.co.uk: “The US Navy sightings are arguably the most important encounters with unidentified objects in the past 70 years.

“They are important not simply because they were recorded on advanced sensors but because the US Department of Defense agreed to release those (and other) similar recordings and gave the pilots permission to speak to the press about them.

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UFO bombshell: The US Navy footage is “stunning”, said Mr Abbott (Image: GETTY)

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A still from the footage released by the US Navy (Image: US Navy)

The more recent recordings – from the US East Coast – not only show similar objects but the two pilots who were prepared to go on public record gave some stunning evidence

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“The released recordings (and there may be more) span the period from 2004 to 2018 and show some very .”

Mr Abbott said the footage had been released from late 2018 onwards, with the main witness from one similar encounter in 2004 giving detailed interviews in which he voiced his wish to “fly one of those”.

He added: “The more recent recordings – from the US East Coast – not only show similar objects but the two pilots who were prepared to go on public record gave some stunning evidence.

“One said that he once had an object clearly on his advanced sensors but was completely unable to see it with his own eyes.”

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UFOs have been reported for centuries, by sightings picked up significantly after World War 2 (Image: GETTY)

Such sightings are nothing new – Mr Abbott said in 1952, the US Air Force had allowed pilots involved in a famous series of UFO encounters commonly referred to as the “Washington flap” to give a series of press interviews – but the US Government rapidly stepped in to put a stop to any publicity.

Mr Abbott said: “So, the recent revelations by the DoD and the even more recent decision by the US Navy to make it easier for navy pilots to report unidentified objects seem to be part of a sea-change in official attitudes towards the subject.

“No one is claiming but the official approach now appears to be that there is something unexplained there and it is necessary, without jumping to unjustified conclusions, to gather more evidence.

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James Abbott believes recent footage proves the reality of UFOs – but they may not be flying saucers (Image: GETTY)

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James Abbott is dubious about tales of alien abduction (Image: GETTY)

“My own conclusions therefore are that the sensor evidence shows that something is definitely causing highly trained pilots and their electronic sensors to see things that, according to our current understanding of science and aerodynamics, simply cannot be.

“Set that evidence alongside the mountains of other witness testimony from very credible people and one has to conclude that UFOs are a proven phenomenon.

“They may be lots of different things but – here and now, in 2019 – we finally know for sure that they are there.

“Everyone is searching for the Holy Grail of studies – the solid-gold piece of evidence that is absolutely incontrovertible.

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Burning rocks which fall from the sky were only explained as meteorites in the 19th century (Image: GETTY)

“For UFOs we have a huge amount of evidence and one or two pieces which look like golden nuggets – like the US Navy evidence.

“Taken together the evidence is so strong that there is now almost no remaining doubt that the phenomenon exists.”

As to what they actually are, Mr Abbott has yet to draw any firm conclusions.

He said: “There’s no single piece of evidence that is sufficiently compelling to prove involvement.

“The only possible connections are those involving so-called ‘experiencers’ and abductees and very few are well corroborated.

“There is a certain amount of circumstantial evidence through some of the better researched but, even if we could be certain that some sort of outside force was involved, it may not necessarily be extraterrestrials.

“There’s quite a gulf between knowing that there is a phenomenon which needs explaining, to being able to conclusively explain it.”

Mr Abbott used the example of meteorites to illustrate the way science sometimes lags behind reality.

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A map showing reported UFO sighting in Europe (Image: lcpearso.cartodb.com)

He said: “The issue of rocks which fell, burning from the sky was a phenomenon which science derided for many centuries. Scientists could not understand how a rock could get up there in the first place, let alone explain how it caught fire and fell back to Earth.

“The ordinary people who saw such things and could point to the rocks on the ground tended to keep quiet about the whole thing for fear of the same sort of ridicule which besets UFO witnesses.

“It was the late 18th century before science finally caught up and explained the whole thing as .

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James Abbott’s book is available for Kindle download on Amazon (Image: James Abbott)

“We are now at the point of acceptance that the UFO phenomenon exists. But whether it is a result of natural forces, , inter-dimensional travellers, or extra-terrestrials has yet to be seen.

“My starting point has always been the recognition that there are a lot of intelligent people out there who would like to know more about the subject of UFOs but who shy away from the ‘My Grandmother was an Alien’ side of the topic.

“More specifically they have a natural aversion to people who claim they “know” the answers and that everything is definitely about little grey men and interstellar saucers.”

MH370 shock theory: Real reason behind plane’s disappearance was ‘machines not people!’

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The official investigation concluded the plane must have ended up in the Indian Ocean, but this has been disputed. In the Channel 5 documentary ‘Flight MH370’,  risk management consultant Dr Sally Leivesley explained how it could be possible that MH370 fell victim to cyber-terrorism.

This theory suggests the plane’s main computer network could be accessed and compromised via a mobile phone or a USB connection in the flight entertainment system.

Dr Leivesley said: “The core of the theory was that the plan was being managed by machines not people.

“You can have chips in the avionics that run the cockpit and those chips can have malware.

“The controls look right, but underneath there is another system actually running the plane.”

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In this way, the pilots could have been lulled into a false sense of security thinking they are going one way, when actually they are flying in a different direction.

Aviation security expert Jim Termini told the documentary that a cyberattack, whilst unlikely, is not impossible.

He said: “A cyberattack would be a highly sophisticated attack which, at the moment, would seem the most unlikely, but that’s only because we haven’t seen it before.

“The day before 9/11 we would never have imagined that an aircraft would have been used effectively as a cruise missile to attack New York and Washington – but, of course, that happened.”

The consultant said: “We know from the Malaysian government reports there was a maintenance activity in it February, but in the immediate period before the plane took off we don’t have that history.

“We need to know who had access to the plane.

“Was there an opportunity for someone to get on with a USB stick or in other ways to initiate a cyberattack on the plane so it would never reach its destination?”

This theory is intriguing as it could mean investigations into those on board would be fruitless.

A recent report by The Atlantic suggested the plane’s captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah could have been responsible.

It claimed Mr Shah had flown a similar route on his home flight simulator and that he had been struggling with mental health difficulties.

Other individuals who have come under the microscope include two passengers who boarded the plane using fake passports.

UFO sighting: Mystery object spotted shooting past space satellite prompts Alien theories

The footage of the mystery object was posted on YouTube by channel thirdphaseofmoon and was taken onboard SpaceX’s Amos 17 satellite which launched earlier this week, according to The Daily Star. The object seems to separate leaving a bright orb zoning past the camera. It then veers to the left before disappearing into space.

Blake and Brett cousins run the conspiracy channel on YouTube and claimed the object could not simply be debris because of the flight path.

Brett said: “It’s moving and shoots straight ahead, then banks to the left.

“That’s what makes this video very cool.

“What is it? Is it powered by something?

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“How can it make a bank to the left in space unless it has its only propulsion system.”

Blake claimed that many people were saying that the mystery object was checking out the satellite and keeping an eye on it.

He said: “The whole idea of this just being space debris, you would see it continue in a straight trajectory.

“But it does this unusual manoeuvre that defies any logic.”

Hundreds of people have commented on the video saying what they think the object could be.

One wrote: “That has to be proof of aliens.”

Another said is was likely a space force: “Anti-gravity magnetic-propulsion bots.”

But a third had a more reasoned approach, adding: “The SpaceX debris went straight it was the second stage and the camera that gives the debris the appearance of being under power.”

Area 51: UFO wreckage ‘could be hidden all over the world’ says author

There is the potential for so much scattered debris from that there are like other ‘Area 51s’ around the world, James Abbott said. Mr Abbott said too many people have made alien allegations against for the site to simply be a conventional US Air Force base. The US-based author, who has just published the second volume in his Outsider’s Guide to , made his remarks after a Facebook event calling for people to “storm” the secret facility attracted more than a million people confirming their plans to attend.

The event, intended as a joke, has nevertheless focused attention of the mysterious base, officially known as Homey Airport or Groom Lake, where conspiracy theorists claim the US Government is hiding technology “reverse-engineered” from extra-terrestrial spacecraft.

Mr Abbott, whose books attempt to take an objective look at UFO phenomena, said: “Too many people over the years have made allegations about what is going on in for one to simply believe it’s a straightforward advanced aircraft design facility.

“If – and it’s a very big if – the US government has come into possession of some incredible material or technology which could not have originated on this planet, Area 51 would be at the top of anyone’s list for researching it.”

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There could be UFO wreckage all over the world, Mr Abbott said (Image: GETTY)

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A satellite picture of Area 51 in Nevada (Image: GETTY)

The USA is not unique in terms of UFO sightings – there have for example been several famous cases in the UK, including the so-called Rendelsham Forest incident centred on in Suffolk.

Consequently, Mr Abbott said there could be wreckage from crashed UFOs “in almost every developed country on Earth”.

He added: “It’s not the only place that people believe bits of strange objects might be stored and researched – there are allegations of ‘crashed’ UFOs in almost every developed nation on Earth.

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UFO sightings spiked after World War 2 – like this one in Nevada in 1950 (Image: GETTY)

“If they exist in Russia, , America and even Britain there’s no doubt that the best brains will be thrown at them and that the whole thing will be kept top-secret just in case one of those brainboxes manages to crack the technology.”

He also suggested the insatiable public curiosity for all things extraterrestrial, coupled with years of rumours and the secrecy with invariably applies to all military facilities, meant the US Government was in an impossible position.

He said: “You have to feel a certain amount of sympathy for the US government.

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The so-called Rendlesham Forest incident occurred in 1980 in Suffolk (Image: GETTY)

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Filmmaker Jeremy Corbell and Bob Lazar at the premier of the Netflix documentary (Image: GETTY)

“Even if they threw open to public tours or to controlled groups for investigatory inspections, no-one would ever believe that there was nothing unusual being hidden there and concealed even from the most official of inspections. Governments are the villains whatever they say.”

Explaining the ethos behind his book, which is available for Kindle download on Amazon, Mr Abbott said: “Some of my friends are part of this group of intelligent outsiders – people with open minds but with limited understanding of the subject – and I wanted to write a balanced book which would tell the story and allow them to make up their own minds about what was going on.

“The second volume is intended to take the story into this century and do two things: firstly, demonstrate that the sightings continue (ie it is not a dead subject with nothing going on) and that they are every bit as compelling and credible as the ones from the first book.

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A map showing reported UFO sightings in the United States (Image: Business Insider)

“And secondly, explore the paranormal side and its possible connections with where scientists are currently going (ie down the route which leads to the quantum world, to ever-expanding universe, and to their increasing interest in zero-point energy).”

He was also keen to stress his scepticism, notably with regard to the claims of , subject of a recent Netflix documentary, to have worked as a scientist at Area 51 dealing with alien artefacts.

Mr Abbott said: “There are just too many gaps and loopholes in his story for me to even begin to accept most of it.

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James Abbott’s book is available for Kindle download on Amazon (Image: James Abbott)

“If this is clever disinformation and character-assassination by the US government we’ll not know for a very long time.

“Within the community there are severe doubts about Lazar’s testimony and not all of them seem to be the result of jealousy.

“Usually one can weigh a witness according to the average reaction to him or her by the more serious people who know the subject.

“In Lazar’s case he has his supporters and detractors but not enough of the former for the outsider to accept his bona-fides.”