- TEHRAN (Reuters) -- Is Iran
about to be invaded by little green men or are the Americans racing through
the night sky in spaceships to spy on their arch-foe the Islamic Republic?
- Flying saucer fever has gripped Iran after dozens of
sightings in the last few days. Fanciful cartoons of alien spacecraft have
adorned the front pages.
- State television on Wednesday showed a sparkling white
disc it said was filmed over Tehran on Tuesday night.
- More colorful Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) have
been spotted beaming out green, red, blue and purple rays over the northern
cities of Tabriz and Ardebil and in the Caspian Sea province of Golestan,
the official IRNA news agency reported.
- Newspapers and agencies reported people rushing out into
the streets in eight towns on Tuesday night to watch a bright extraterrestrial
light dipping in and out of the clouds.
- An airforce 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
- But Sa'dollah Nasiri-Qeydari, head of the Astronomical
Society of Iran, told Reuters the stories were unfounded.
- "In my opinion, flying saucers do not exist,"
he said, insisting his telescopes would have picked up invaders from outer
- "The people who have seen these things are not experts
- farmers, villagers and pilots," he added.
- He said what people reported was consistent with the
planet Venus, whose intense light in its current position would be given
different hues by being filtered through the atmosphere.
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