A woman in East Yorkshire, England, may have experienced a genuine unidentified flying object (UFO) sighting earlier this month, according to a report.
The woman, who requested to remain anonymous, noticed something unusual in the sky outside of her home in the eastern English village of Cottingham at around 9 p.m. on Sept. 5, newspaper the Hull Daily Mail reported.
“There were oval-shaped lights next to each other horizontally, and it was very silent. My first thoughts were that I didn’t know what they are, and I thought, ‘are my eyes playing tricks on me?'” the woman said.
The bizarre sighting disappeared after the woman took a photo, she claimed.
No one else had seen the object, but the woman’s neighbors said their patio got covered in soil following the alleged UFO sighting, which they said was “very weird.”
The woman sent the photo she took to her friend, Leslie Kean, an investigative journalist and The New York Times bestselling author of the book “UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record.”
Kean determined that the Sept. 5 encounter was “most likely a UFO sighting,” according to the Hull Daily Mail.
She forwarded the image to a lab, which examined the photo and supported her UFO theory.
The Cottingham woman was still reportedly a “bit on the fence” about whether or not UFOs exist.
The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), a U.S.-based nonprofit that studies UFO sightings, receives an estimated 100 reports of sightings every year.
Historically, only 10% of UFO cases end up being unidentified, according to Bill McNeff, the chief investigator for MUFON’s Minnesota chapter.
UFO sightings can be explained by satellites, planets, twinkling stars and weather phenomena, among other things.
One of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets got misidentified as a UFO following its launch from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida last Saturday.
Some of the company’s Starlink satellites were also mistaken for an alien spaceship when they became visible in Texas’ sky earlier this month.
Despite cases of misidentification, authentic UFO sightings have increased over the past 20 or 30 years, and now approximately 20% of the reports MUFON investigates cannot be explained, McNeff claimed.