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Is the 'alien UFO' seen near Area 51 a firing range used to test top-secret weapons?
Alien hunters may be disappointed by the latest theory about mystery structure (Photo: Google Maps)

The merest mention of a strange sighting at a secret military test base is enough to set internet conspiracy theorists aquiver.

Now UFO hunters are struggling to explain why a strange structure shaped like an ‘alien UFO’ has been built outside a naval research facility about 500 miles away from the mysterious Area 51.

Since we first revealed the location of a weird object spotted on Google Maps, readers have been getting in touch to give their own theories about the structure.

It’s been suggested that the spaceship-shaped construction is merely a cess-pit or fish farm.

Some alien hunters believe it’s a message to the stars, whilst others claim it’s a prop destined to be used in a fake extraterrestrial invasion – which is certainly an imaginative explanation.

Is the 'alien UFO' seen near Area 51 a firing range used to test top-secret weapons?
The weird structure was spotted some 500 miles from Area 51 (Photo: Google Maps)

Now we’ve received the most compelling theory about the structure: it’s an artificial lake used to test weapons.

This theory is backed up by the fact there appear to be loads of tanks dotted around the desert nearby, as well as rusty-looking aeroplanes.

Several boats can be seen near the mystery object itself. Seeing as you don’t generally find boats in the desert, it’s a fair bet they are being used for more than just fishing trips.

However, we have been unable to find a similar structure at other American military bases using Google Maps satellite images.

Test ranges tend to look fairly strange, as you can see in the pictures below, with some looking as if they are crop circle-style messages to aliens.

But if you see a weird structure near a military base, it’s reasonable to expect it’s being used to help devise new and improved ways of blowing things up.

Is the 'alien UFO' seen near Area 51 a firing range used to test top-secret weapons?
Pinecastle Impact Range, in Florida (Photo: Google Maps)
Is the 'alien UFO' seen near Area 51 a firing range used to test top-secret weapons?
White Sands Missile Range, in New Mexico, site of the first atomic bomb tests (Photo: Google Maps)
Is the 'alien UFO' seen near Area 51 a firing range used to test top-secret weapons?
Delamere Air Weapons Range in Australia (Photo: Google Maps)

‘It’s a Navy target range lake,’ a reader wrote.

‘They float targets in it and then make them go away. Take off the tin foil hats, stop gargling vinegar and step away from the conspiracy theories.

‘The long structure jutting into the water is a ramp, there is a boat alongside and it’s on a bombing and testing range owned by the US Navy.

‘Process of elimination.’

Do you agree with this theory?

You can see historical pictures of the site here, which hint at the timeline of its construction.

Get in touch with [email protected] if you have any more information.

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