Darting silently in formation, mysterious glowing orbs have again been lighting up the night sky around the UK.
Some say these orange lights even weave in between each other with the precision of a synchronised flying team from some far corner of the universe.
Clusters of more than 100 have been spotted across Britain with the most recent sighting on Sunday when they were seen in two locations, Merseyside and Lincoln. Days earlier a similar phenomenon was spotted over Cambridgeshire, where one witness claims each was as big as a house.
A spokesman for nearby RAF Cranwell said the base was closed at the weekend so the lights could not be attributed to its aircraft. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence is examining claims that the Merseyside lights were connected to an exercise involving HMS Daring, docked in Liverpool.
In Cambridgeshire, Scott Boswell, 37, said he saw more than 100 lights flying less than two miles above his home in Hinchingbrooke. The former soldier and experienced pilot (why are they always experienced pilots?) said: “I know they weren’t aircraft – they were silent.”
On the same night, May 27, at around 11.30pm guesthouse owner Auberon Hedgecoe, 40, of nearby Huntingdon, also saw the lights. ‘There was no sound,’ he said.
As ever though, there may be a simple explanation for all of this.
A woman has claimed that the lights over Lincoln were Chinese lanterns – set off at her wedding reception.
Nick Pope, the former head of the MoD’s UFO Project, supported the Chinese lantern theory.
“I’m not disparaging the whole UFO phenomenon, but I’d say 99 per cent of UFO reports involving orange lights in the sky these days are attributable to these lanterns.”
Still no explanation for the UFO’s on Google Maps though..