Melbourne: Experts in Australia have expressed their fears that a full-scale alien invasion of the Northern Territory is about to take place.
Though astronomers and police say the flares seen across a 360km-long stretch of the Top End coast were probably caused by a meteor shower.
But highly qualified UFO-ologists said they believed the bright lights were space ships on a pre-attack scouting mission, and Darwin-based UFO expert Alan Ferguson said the flares were obviously aliens.
"This all sounds like UFO activity," the Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying.
"Meteors usually just flash across the sky and leave a tail. But UFOs will stay in the same spot and wobble up and down and side to side. Fast movements.
"That's how they work," he explained.
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Ferguson said UFOs nearly always came to the Top End during the dry season.
"It may be just that there are less clouds and we can see better. Or it maybe that we're outside more during the Dry," he said.
"Or maybe the UFOs are interested in our military activity. There are always more of them about during (Operation) Pitch Black," he stated.
Superintendent Bruce Porter said police received many calls about the flares at about 9pm on May 25, and even launched a search when they feared a boat was in distress.
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"We took this seriously, but the indications are that nobody is missing," they said.
Just last month the NT News reported on how one Territory town's invasion by UFOs had been recorded in the world's most famous museum for extraterrestrial life.
But Superintendent Porter believes the flares were probably a meteor shower.