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TWO pals claim they’ve spotted a mysterious UFO as bright as a “bolt of lightening” while they were camping in the Yorkshire Dales.
Trent Mason, 22, and Jack Holdsworth, 21, were stargazing when they saw the eerie orange object change colour and move around the sky for more than two hours.
They were camping near the famous Ribblehead railway viaduct when they claim the orb appeared.
The area attracts thousands of hikers every year who take part in the Three Peaks Yorkshire Challenge.
Trent and Jack were mesmerised as the object made circular and triangular patterns in the sky and changed colour from white to orange.
Trent, from Leed, said: “It just popped up on the horizon, then disappeared back where it came from. I wasn’t sure if I saw it but looked at Jack and his face was white
“It was there one minute, then next it lit up like a bolt of lightening. It was like a flash and whoosh, it was gone. If I’d blinked I would have missed it.
“It was absolutely incredible. The stars were dots in the night sky and this was the size of a 5p. It was hard to judge how far away it was but it was definitely higher than the hills.”
The pair drove from Leeds to the world famous viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway line for spot of star-gazing.
They arrived at around 2.30am and parked up beneath the arches which appeared in the 2012 film Sightseers.
Trent said: “We camped directly underneath Ribblehead looking out towards the road. We just parked up and crashed there. It was quite late, we just wanted to go up there and do some stargazing and we saw it.
“It stayed in same vicinity, but it was doing squares, circles, triangles. It was doing them very slowly but you could just make it out.
“We were sat there for two and a half hours just studying it, watching it flying around the sky.
“I lost track of time sat there. It was mind-blowing. We just looked at each other like ‘Wow, what the hell was that?”
Yorkshire based UFO researcher Philip Mantle, a former director of investigations for the British UFO Research Association, said: “For decades now UFO sighting reports have come across my desk fromareas in and around the Yorkshire Dales national park and surrounding areas.
“It therefore comes as no surprise to learn of the sighting by Mr Mason and Mr Holdsworth over the world famous Ribblehead viaduct.
“Over the last few years UFO sighting reports in this area have been few and far between, however, for whatever reason, 2017 has seen a sharp upturn in reports in this area.
“Why this is, I have no idea, but the sighting reported by these two gentlemen fits with other sightings I have had from this general area in the past.”
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