A MYSTERIOUS UFO was spotted corkscrewing through the sky over the UK this week – leaving onlookers shell-shocked.

Gerry Underwood, 55, spotted the mysterious flaming object at approximately 8pm GMT on Wednesday near his canal boat in Stretham, Cambridgeshire. He said: “It looked like a very thick chem-trail to start with.

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    “It looked like a short, skinny cloud.

    “It wasn’t moving quickly at all. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a meteorite, because they are gone in seconds.

    “We have seen hundreds of shooting stars, but this definitely wasn’t that either.

    “This was coming down very slowly and spiralling.

    It looked like a short, skinny cloud

    Eyewitness Gerry Underwood

    “It started to glow orange, as you can see in the pictures.

    “There were flames coming out of the back of it as well. It was really unusual.”

    Mr Underwood photographed the burning spectacle as it dropped through the sky.

    The mysterious mark apparently left an enormous trail behind it as it descended into the distance.

    He watched the mysterious object slowly falling for “between 10 and 20 minutes.”

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    The apparently unexplained object later disappeared behind the trees in the distance.

    Mr Underwood said he was looking towards Huntingdon as he watched it descend.

    He also stressed the object might have landed “well beyond that.”

    He added: “The sheer size of it is what’s got me.

    “When you look at the pictures, they show the trees in the foreground and it is way beyond that, it was very big.

    “It landed beyond the horizon, that’s how big it was – we couldn’t see it land.”

    Star-gazers have proposed multiple theories for the bizarre sighting.

    These include meteor showers, shooting stars, fireworks, airplane trails.

    Some UFO enthusiasts have even suggested they are signs of extra-terrestrial alien life.

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    However, astronomy experts have sought to reassure the public these night-sky wonders are natural occurrences.

    Dr Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, said there were scientific explanations for these phenomena.

    He told MailOnline: “I think the intense bright light that people are seeing is the planet Venus in the sky, because it is dramatically bright.

    “Venus is so particularly bright at the moment that you can see it during the day and at dusk it becomes obvious very quickly.

    “It is very likely that people are seeing Venus in the sky before other stars become visible. And it would appear to disappear if clouds move in front of it.

    “This will continue until the end of May.

    “The burning object moving through the sky on Wednesday night looks a lot like an aircraft contrail to me.

    “While it is impossible to say exactly what the object is without further evidence, it looks like an aircraft contrail that is laminated by the setting sun.”

    “It is very likely that people are seeing Venus in the sky before other stars become visible. And it would appear to disappear if clouds move in front of it.

    “This will continue until the end of May.

    “The burning object moving through the sky on Wednesday night looks a lot like an aircraft contrail to me.

    “While it is impossible to say exactly what the object is without further evidence, it looks like an aircraft contrail that is laminated by the setting Sun.”

    Sourse: www.express.co.uk

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