Glowing doughnut UFO spotted in sky as SpaceX astronauts return to Earth

A strange glowing UFO shaped like a doughnut was spotted in the sky on the same night astronauts ventured back into Earth's atmosphere.

A photographer in Switzerland was left flabbergasted when he snapped several pictures of what he has described as the "doughnut UFO".

On the night of Monday, November 8, the man, from Zurich, caught the mysterious object – composed of several bright-blue concentric rings – on camera.

Initially, the photographer thought the UFO was in fact SpaceX's Endeavour capsule, which was scheduled to make its way back to Earth that night with four astronauts who had just concluded a 200-day stay on the International Space Station.

But it was the Gulf of Mexico – more than 5,000 miles from Zurich, Switzerland – where the Endeavour capsule landed that night.

While spectators in Louisiana, Alabama, and several other Gulf states were able to see the capsule streaming across the sky, amateur satellite tracker and academic researcher at Leiden University in the Netherlands, Marco Langbroek, told LiveScience that it would be "almost impossible" for anyone in Switzerland to have been able to see the capsule.

He said: "Any passes [of Endeavour] over Switzerland prior to landing that night would have been completely in Earth's shadow, i.e. it would not be illuminated by the sun and hence not visible.

"Reentry itself was over Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico, and would not have been visible from Switzerland. The deorbit burn, prior to reentry, was over the Indian Ocean, so also not visible from Switzerland."

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Langbroek claims that the UFO seen over Switzerland could have been the garbled image of a distant star.

He said: "I am pretty certain that the 'donut UFO' on the Swiss images is an out-of-focus image of a bright star.

"It quite looks like it."

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However, some of the photographer's other images taken that night appear to show a zig-zagging trail of light behind the object, suggesting it was moving.

Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Massachusetts, USA, has claimed the doughnut UFO could have been the topmost section of a rocket used to propel a craft into orbit, re-entering the atmosphere and burning up.

Whether it was a distant star, part of a rocket, or indeed an extraterrestrial donut – the UFO over Switzerland truly does remain a mystery.

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