Are aliens watching the World Cup?

Numerous witnesses shared photos and videos of the light show to social media on Sunday (local time).
Numerous witnesses shared photos and videos of the light show to social media on Sunday (local time). Photo credit: East2EastNews

A giant UFO has been spotted over a Russian World Cup venue.

Numerous witnesses shared photos and videos of the light show to social media on Sunday (local time).

The images show a bright rocket trail bursting into the shape of a stingray right over the Nizhny Novgorod stadium where England will play Panama on Saturday.

"What the hell was that?" one social media user asked when she posted the photo.

"What an amazing display," someone else replied.

Some users replied that the display was proof aliens were watching over the football.

However, the incredible show was soon explained by Russian space authorities.

It was in fact a Soyuz-2.1.B rocket being launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia's Arkhangelsk region.

The rocket was fired in order to deliver one of Russia's satellites into orbit.

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