‘What on earth is it?’: Derbyshire woman left mystified after taking picture which appears to show flying saucer

A Derbyshire woman has been left baffled after she took a picture of the moon – then later saw what looked like a flying saucer on the shot.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 10:00 am
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 3:02 pm

Stephanie Marsden was driving along Chesterfield Road, Matlock, on Saturday night when she spotted how breathtakingly huge and bright the moon looked.

The 45-year-old, of Rowsley, stopped at a location off the road and used her mobile phone to take a picture of the celestial body through her car windscreen.

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The truth is out there... Stephanie Marsden's picture taken on Saturday night.

When Stephanie returned home, she saw the bizarre thing on her picture.

She said: “I didn’t notice anything strange at the time – but later on when I looked at the picture I couldn’t believe what I saw.

“It looks like a flying saucer – but is it?!

“I was unsettled when I saw it and didn’t sleep well on Saturday night.

“I’ve shown friends and family the picture and they’re also completely baffled.

“The picture has not been edited.

“It’s all so weird and I just want an explanation.

“I’m wondering if any of your readers might be able to help solve the mystery?

“Did they see anything weird in the skies that night?”

It was a full moon on Saturday night.

The following night, people across the UK reported seeing a meteor.

Scientists say that was probably a small piece of an asteroid entering and burning up in the earth's atmosphere.

Derbyshire has a long history of mysterious goings-on in the sky.

Perhaps the most famous UFO report in the county came in 2000 when Sharon Rowlands used her camcorder to film a huge craft above her house in Bonsall one October night.

Her video was classed by some alien experts as ‘one of the most important pieces of footage ever taken’ and Sharon reportedly sold it to an American producer for £20,000.

As far as we are aware, no documentary or film has been aired as of yet.

She told reporters: “It resembled a giant disc with a bite taken out of the bottom.

“As it hovered over the woods, it seemed to expand and then get smaller again.

“We could see it pulsing as if it started up and then it just went it came really close at one stage and I thought it was going to land in the field.

“You can hear me on the video say ‘wow’!”

In 1994, a member of the public reported seeing a large orange light close to Ladybower Dam.

A Derbyshire Constabulary record reads: “The person reported seeing a large orange light moving horizontally and dropping slowly until it went below a line of hills.

“A cloud of smoke was seen to billow out from the light and it then disappeared behind Kinder Scout.

“The light did not reappear.”

Police contacted Manchester Airport but staff could not confirm any aircraft operating in the area – and the strange light remains unexplained.

And on the evening of September 28, 2016, a number of people witnessed two flashing lights in the Derbyshire sky.

Fiona Jordan, of Houfton Road, Bolsover, said: “They were like little cloudy lights – they were dancing about.”