'Alien shadow' spotted on Google Maps sends conspiracy theorists wild

NETIZENS reckon they've spotted the slender shadow of an alien lurking on Google Earth.

Images available on the digital mapping service show what appears to be a creepy looking shadow cast on a dirt track in a remote part of the world.

The first-persons shots were shared to TikTok last week by user @hidden.on.google.earth in a video viewed almost 2million times.

In the clip, they zoom in on a snowy landscape dotted with industrial buildings and dusty dirt-road tracks, the Daily Star reports.

After entering Street View – Google's first-person panorama mode that lets you view the surroundings at street level – they spot a mysterious, tall shadow.

It appears to have a man-shaped torso and arms topped with what looks like an elongated neck and bulbous head.

Due to the way the photo was taken, the shadow appears to be floating without being cast by anyone in the shot.

It also seems to have been taken early in the morning or late at night, as the dark figure is stretched to strange proportions.

The viral video's creator wrote in test overlayed on the video: "Wait… what?"

It's unclear where in the world the images were captured, or how the Google Earth sleuth behind the video managed to find it.

TikTok users went wild in comments below the post, suggesting the enigmatic shadow looked like it belonged to an alien or ancient Egyptian pharaoh.

One user commented: "An alien came and wanted to say hi."

Another wrote: "They took the alien out of the shot but not his shadow."

Others pointed out that the shadow was almost certainly cast by Google's Street View cameraman and their panoramic snapper.

One wrote: "Guys… cameraman is invisible."

A second posted: "That's the reflection of the motorbike the rider and the camera mounted on the dude I've seen it before."

And a third said: "I know that it's a cameraman but it really seems like a Pharoah or an alien."

In other news, Apple has announced that it will let customers fix their own iPhones for the first time starting next year.

The UK is fighting an epidemic of hack attacks targeting consumers and businesses, according to officials.

NASA has slammed Russia after a missile it fired into one of its own satellites forced the space station to perform an emergency swerve.

And, a 75-year-old Brit has told of his anger after scammers on WhatsApp fooled him into sending them hundreds of pounds.

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