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John Mooner, from Newton Abbot, Devon, says he photographed the “disc-shaped object” with a contrail in broad daylight over him hometown.
The eyewitness, who is the chief photographer for the World UFO Photos website, and claims to have witnessed and photographed numerous UFOs, snapped the image at 1.30pm.
Mr Mooner said: “I decided to go out sky watching and I had my trusty Nikon P900 camera at the ready.
“After about an hour of sky watching I spotted a faint contrail and began to zoom in.
“At a higher magnification I could clearly see that this contrail was not coming from a plane, but was in fact coming from a round object that appeared to be glowing.
“The round glowing object was at a very high altitude and I doubt that many people would be able to see this without a telephoto lens or a pair of high zoom binoculars.
“The object was moving at a high rate of speed across the sky and I had real trouble stabilising it in the camera’s viewfinder.
“I began taking photographs of this strange object and I managed to take six photographs that show the movement of this object.”
But, observers have seriously called into question the UFO hunters observations, claiming it was just an out of focus plane making the contrail.
One online poster said: “Try focusing that camera – few lessons might help.”
And another said: “Vapour Trails !!! Sunlight on a plane.”
Express.co.uk sent the image to forensic UFO investigator Scott Brando, who runs hoax-busting website ufoofinterest.org.
He confirmed it was an out of focus plane, that had reflected sunlight.
He later tweeted: “According to @TQHeraldExpress this is the first #UFO of 2017. Sure? No, we are seeing a plane and its contrails out of focus.”
The investigator also provided a link to a giff made by fellow debunking website metabunk.org, which showed a clear plane and contrail, and then went out of focus to create the same effect in Mr Mooner’s image.
The image showed that a reflection on the underside of the plane’s tail created the disc shape once blurred.