Unusual sights have been reported in the seasonably inclement skies above England’s capital London in recent days. Amateur smartphone footage seems to show some anomalies glowing through the granite-coloured skies.
These supposedly Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) seem vaguely spherical in shape.
And some suggest at least three or four of them can be seen in the 57 second-long clip.
Self-titled expert in all things alien Scott Waring is among those who controversially think this unverified video has documented evidence of alien UFOs over London.
Mr Waring wrote a post on his UFO Sightings Daily blog, speculating about the provenance of these purported UFOs.
UFO sighting: Unusual ‘ailen’ sights have been reported over London this week (Image: UFO Sightings Daily)
He said: “I have reported similar UFOs this week. Those are cloud orbs.
“They are dropped-off by a mother orb, which is not much bigger, but produces over 100 other similar size orbs.”
Mr Waring goes so far to say he may have unintentionally unearthed evidence of a worldwide intelligent alien conspiracy.
He said: “At least that’s what I get from past UFO video reports about a decade ago in Japan.
UFO sighting: Many so-called sightings are clear hoaxes (Image: Getty)
“Here its [sic] London, but I reported the same white orbs over Mexico, Hawaii, Colorado, California and Japan […] all this week.
“So, you see, I have seen these orbs a lot in the last 15 years.
“And only seen a mother orb three times on video during that time.
“Rare, but the orbs you see in this video come from a mother orb releasing them one by one in this vicinity.“
However, even a casual observer can see the so-called array of UFOs is really just several low-flying helicopters armed with searchlights encountering thick cloud.
The absurd incident attracted numerous comments on popular video-sharing platform YouTube.
Jeeves1947 was among those who appeared singularly unimpressed by the clip.
He commented somewhat acerbically: “Pity the person with the camera had less than half a brain.”
UFO sighting: This famous early example occurred in Massachusetts in the 1950s (Image: Getty)
Such ‘alien craft’ sightings are almost always examples of wishful thinking, an intention to hoax people or a fascinating phenomenon known as pareidolia.
A subcategory of apophenia, this is the tendency for an inaccurate perception of a stimulus.
This can result in seeing shapes in clouds, in inanimate objects and even abstract patterns.
A disturbingly similar incident occurred over Australian city Sydney three weeks ago.
This involved two apparent anomalies being mistaken for UFOs, despite them clearly being cirrus clouds.