Strange lights over Worcestershire, England, in July 2003 (BBC News)
The latest location on planet Earth to be hit with UFO fever is Iran, as dozens of sightings have been reported in recent days in the Islamic republic.
According to Reuters, state-run television today broadcast a sparkling white disc flying over the capital of Tehran, saying it was filmed last night.
People were reported rushing out into the streets in eight towns last night to watch a bright “extraterrestrial light dipping in and out of the clouds.”
The Islamic Republic News Agency also reports colorful objects seen beaming out green, red, blue and purple rays over the northern cities of Tabriz and Ardebil and in the Caspian Sea province of Golestan.
And cartoons of alien spacecraft have been gracing the front pages of local newspapers this week.
An air force officer in the Revolutionary Guards was quoted in the reformist Vagha-ye Etefaghiyeh daily saying Iran’s Supreme National Security Council should investigate whether these visitors from afar had hostile intent, according to Reuters.
But Sa’dollah Nasiri-Qeydari, head of the Astronomical Society of Iran, told the wire service the stories were unfounded.
“In my opinion, flying saucers do not exist,” he said, insisting his telescopes would have spotted any potential invaders from space.
“The people who have seen these things are not experts – farmers, villagers and pilots,” he added.
Nasiri-Qeydari suggests people could actually be viewing the planet Venus, whose light could be given different colors when filtered through the atmosphere.
As WorldNetDaily reported earlier this month, residents of Australia got a case of UFO fever when what has been speculated to be a meteor lit up the sky with light comparable to “50,000 spotlights.”