The mysterious object spotted in the night sky above Newton St Cyres by amateur astronomer Lee Betts late on Monday
COULD this image provide evidence of extraterrestrial life?
The strange light was seen hovering for more than an hour over houses in Exeter.
Amateur astronomer Lee Betts, 29, believes it could be visitors from outer space – or that the sighting is at least unexplained.
Mr Betts took the photographs with the help of his telescope in the bedroom of his home in Newton St Cyres.
He saw the red cigar-shaped object hovering around 1,000ft off the ground four miles away, towards Thorverton, late on Monday night.
"I couldn't believe it at first," he said.
"The shape was about 100ft long and there were four lights coming from it initially.
"I saw it at the back of my house, which faces Thorverton, so I got my telescope set up and magnified the image 20 times and then took this picture. All this happened at around 8.45pm and it was still there an hour later.
"I've never seen anything like this before – it's unexplained.
"The shape moved slowly across the skyline and as I looked through my telescope it seemed to pivot on its central axis. It was very strange.
"It then sort of rolled around and a bright light appeared at one end of the shape.
Then, without warning, a sudden flash of light like a shooting star went across the sky."
Mr Batten, who lives with his fiancée, said he was pleased with the outcome of his photographs.
"The shape was about four miles away in the direction of Thorverton Hills," he said.
"I have been an amateur astronomer for the past three years and sightings like this are all new to me.
"Luckily, I could magnify my telescope which enabled me to take this picture with some accuracy."
He said the sky was different to normal on Monday.
"Clouds were illuminated for some reason and when I told my brother what I had seen he said the sky was also strange over Bristol where he lives," he said.
A police spokesman said they had not received any reports of sightings of a UFO in Devon.