The mysterious "Voice of God" laser weapon could be behind a string of UFO sightings and unexplained ball lightning events.
Scientists have said it is possible to "create a glowing ball of fire" in the sky by crossing the beams of two powerful infrared lasers.
After the Pentagon refused to rule out 144 potential ETs, rumours of the existence of the futuristic weapon have resurfaced.
In the 1980s, New Scientist journalist Justin Mullins was told about a new weapon supposedly being developed in the New Mexico desert, called the "Voice of God", the Sun reports.
Writing in 2000, he said: "Researchers working with high-power laser weapons discovered that they could create a glowing ball of fire in the sky by crossing the beams of two powerful infrared lasers.
"The beams were invisible to the naked eye, but where they intersected, their electric fields became so intense that they ripped apart molecules in the air, creating a plasma.
"By moving the laser beams around the sky, the researchers found they could shift the plasma ball back and forth at very high speed."
The US Navy was supposedly looking into the technology as a means of diverting heat-seeking missiles from aircraft.
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Mr Mullins couldn't verify the rumour but after consulting various scientists decided that the so-called "Voice of God" would be “possible in the lab but very difficult to produce in the sky.”
Speculation is now growing that the tech could be behind the explanation for a number of UFO sightings described in the Pentagon's reports on Unexplained Aerial Phenomena, according to Forbes.
UFO experts have also admitted ET sightings could be instances of ball lighting – reminiscent of the effects of the Voice of God weapon.
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In 1966 avionics editor at Aviation Week Philip Klass concluded that some UFOs were “luminous plasmas of ionized air, a special form of ‘ball lightning’ generated by electric corona that occurs on high-tension power lines under certain conditions.”
Ball lightning itself can come about naturally from shorts in high-voltage electrical equipment or during electrical storms but remains an unexplained phenomenon.
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The US Navy reportedly looked at ultra-short laser pulses which create glowing plasma in mid-air to decoy missiles away from aircraft in 2018.
In 2005, two research scientists working for French defense giant THALES published a paper that suggested “plasma that can be used as active decoys against IR homing electronics".
And in 2010, a Chinese paper discussed the potential for short-pulse lasers in confusing missile guidance.
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