The same phenomenon has been recorded on cameras across the globe.
The newspaper website described it as an “eerie snap of a UFO,” and said it had been recorded as a sighting by the Filer’s Research Institute, the US-based National UFO Center, run by Major George A. Filer, who spent 20 years in the Air Force working as an intelligence officer, and is now convinced aliens exist.
The Irish Sun warded of sceptics, saying: “Before you dismiss it as a picture of the moon at night – the image was taken in broad daylight.”
It called on astronomer Eamonn Ansbro of Kingsland Observatory in Boyle, Co Roscommon, for his view.
He said he thought the latest sighting could be a new form of light known as a plasma ball.
He said: “There’s a similar ball of light that has been seen in a place called Hessdalen in Norway.
“I know the people who operate there and they have automated instrumentation that has recorded them, and we’ve had recordings here as well.
“It appears to be a new form of light in physics that we don’t know about yet, so we’re putting the physics to it to see what it’s about.”
In the latest case the anonymous photographer in County Leitrim said: “The purple haze was not there or visible to the eye. I’m confused in truth.”
The US-based Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) holds the worlds largest database of UFO sightings.
I think MUFON should have a section with typical FAQs to help people to identify correctly their alleged UFO sightings.
We found scores of alleged UFO pictures sent in by members of the public to MUFON that were clearly or likely to be just lens flares.
In most of these cases the person filing the report said they saw nothing at the time, but spotted the “object” after later reviewing the picture.
In many situations the lens flare only appeared in one or two of a series of images.
In one case the photographer, a man from Los Gatos California, said: “As soon as we looked at the pictures, to our amazement, we had captured a strange orb with layers of colour around it in a couple of the shots.”
Similar lens flares that have been reported to the MUFON database.
Despite the high volume of red-herring reports with the potential to be easily solved, MUFON lists the majority of them as still unresolved.
He said: “Well, this picture cropped shows just a lens flare.”
He provided examples of the same lens flare produced by cameras pointed at the sun.”
He said: “I think MUFON should have a section with typical FAQs to help people to identify correctly their alleged UFO sightings.
“Of course this means people will learn to identify a ‘flying object’ before sending a report to MUFON.”
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