Residents in Hawaii were left baffled this week after spotting what they believe could have been a UFO falling into the ocean, prompting some to call the police. 

‘I look up and then I was like oh s***!’ she told the news station. ‘I started calling my husband and them because they were all in the garage. 

‘I was like, ‘hey, come look up there. See if you see what I see.’ They all said yeah.’  

It comes as a Harvard professor has reignited conspiracy theories about extraterrestrial life and potential alien civilizations that could one day make contact with humans on Earth. 

Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard University’s Astronomy Department, has shared theories about a cigar-shaped space rock believed to be the first object from interstellar space. 

‘They believe we are special and unique. I think it’s a prejudice that should be abandoned.’  

A cigar-shaped asteroid named ‘Oumuamua sailed past Earth at 97,200mph (156,428km/h) in October.

It was first spotted by a telescope in Hawaii on 19 October, and was observed 34 separate times in the following week. 

It is named after the Hawaiian term for ‘scout’ or ‘messenger’ and passed the Earth at about 85 times the distance to the moon.

It was the first interstellar object seen in the solar system, and it baffled astronomers.

Initially, it was thought the object could be a comet. 

However, it displays none of the classic behaviour expected of comets, such as a dusty, water-ice particle tail.

The asteroid is up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated – perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide.

That aspect ratio is greater than that of any asteroid or asteroid observed in our solar system to date.

But the asteroid’s slightly red hue — specifically pale pink — and varying brightness are remarkably similar to objects in our own solar system.

Around the size of the Gherkin skyscraper in London, some astronomers were convinced it was piloted by aliens due to the vast distance the object traveled without being destroyed – and the closeness of its journey past the Earth. 

Alien hunters at SETI – the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence based at Berkeley University, California said there was a possibility the rock was ‘an alien artefact’.

But scientists from Queen’s University Belfast took a good look at the object and said it appears to be an asteroid, or ‘planetesimal’ as originally thought. 

Researchers believe the cigar-shaped asteroid had a ‘violent past’, after looking at the light bouncing off its surface. 

They aren’t exactly sure when the violent collision took place, but they believe the lonely asteroid’s tumbling will continue for at least a billion years.

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