A UFO researcher in Russia has found what he believes to be a UFO in Antarctica using Google Earth.
Valentin Degterev from Nizhny Tagil in central Russia made the discovery while browsing satellite photographs of the Antarctic wastes on Google’s popular mapping service.
The image, which shows what looks like a dark saucer-shaped object embedded in the ice, soon went viral on social media after he posted it online along with the original co-ordinates.
The object is located at 80°34’08.4″S 30°05’19.3″W and appears to be 204ft across.
“I found the unique object using the online service of Google Earth in Antarctica,” he said. “In amongst the endless ice desert, it is the most genuine UFO in its most classic shape.”
Critics however have argued that the alleged UFO could simply be an optical illusion and that the black shape might actually be a deep crevasse in the ice, not an object sticking out of it.
“I do not presume to know exactly what it is,” said Degterev. “It is definitely not a polar station, nor a plane (as there aren’t any airplanes or helicopters this big in the world).”