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It’s another unusual sighting in an area which is fast becoming known for UFO activity
THE truth is out there – in the skies above Leitrim.
An eagle-eyed observer captured this eerie snap of an unidentified flying object above their home on May 7.
And before you dismiss it as a picture of the moon at night – the image was taken in broad daylight.
The bizarre sighting has now been recorded by Filer’s Research Institute, the US-based National UFO Center.
The unnamed witness described seeing “the small glow above my garden” before quickly reaching for a camera.
They added: “There was no movement or sound. I turned to call my wife and it was gone at 2:15 PM. It was very weird and a tad spooked in truth.
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“The purple haze was not there or visible to the eye. I’m confused in truth.”
So have aliens heard about the beauty of lovely Leitrim and its rock-bottom house prices or is it simply a trick of the light?
Whatever the explanation, it’s yet another unusual sighting in an area which has become known as a hotspot for suspected paranormal activity.
Sceptics may dismiss it as a hobby for the tinfoil hat brigade, but the north-west of the country is the focus of major scientific research thanks to astronomer Eamonn Ansbro of Kingsland Observatory in Boyle, Co Roscommon.
He believes the latest sighting in Leitrim could be a plasma ball, which has previously been seen in parts of Boyle.
He explained: “There’s a similar ball of light that has been seen in a place called Hessdalen in Norway.
“I know the people who operate there and they have automated instrumentation that has recorded them, and we’ve had recordings here as well.
“It appears to be a new form of light in physics that we don’t know about yet, so we’re putting the physics to it to see what it’s about.”
Mr Ansbro has already investigated more than 130 sightings around Ireland, many of which he believes can be explained by the presence of orbital tracks around the earth.
And he says that Lough Key in Boyle is one of the points where these tracks intersect, which could explain the unusually high level of unexplained sightings in the area.
He and his research colleagues even managed to work out a pattern of possible cycles of activity at these intersections, and correctly predicted one such sighting.
The strange occurrences have even baffled the most sceptical people in the area, as he recalled: “We received a report six weeks ago from a guy in Boyle who was driving on the N4 towards Sligo.
“He saw two balls of light about 50 metres in front of him, roughly the size of the moon at that distance, so a few inches across.
“They were there for 30 seconds, then they winked out, and he saw them again to his right.
“He reported this to me, and said that while he was completely sceptical, he had gone through all the options and couldn’t find an explanation for it.”