THIS is the early morning image of the skies over Swansea which left an ex-soldier staring in amazement.
The photograph, which was taken in the early hours of Monday, shows a shadowy object hovering several hundred feet in the air, over Llansamlet.
Witnesses say the object made no noise and soon disappeared.
The photograph was taken by quick-thinking Paul Lewis, who snapped the object from the bedroom window of his home in Mayhill.
Mr Lewis, who was formerly with the Royal Armoured Corps, immediately ruled out the possibility the object was a helicopter or any kind of aircraft as there was no noise.
"It was very hot in my bedroom so I opened the window and noticed a strange, stationary object hovering above Swansea," he said.
" The object made no noise and my first notion was perhaps it was an exceptionally large bird of prey however the object remained stationary for at least five minutes.
"I thought that it was strange and it seemed to have something hanging below it so I grabbed my phone and I took several pictures of it. The whole time the object made no movement and no sound. I must have watched for seven minutes in total."
After attending to his young son Caesen for a moment, Paul, aged 24, says the object disappeared.
"When you look at the picture it would be easy to suggest it might be a bird or a kite, but then this would have to be a very large object and to remain stationary for so long was unusual," he said.
"I doubt a bird of that size could hover for that long. We would be talking about a huge bird. There is also something hanging beneath it also.
"I would like to know if perhaps anyone else who was up at that time and saw the object as I would like to know what it is. I certainly will be keeping an eye out in the future to see if the object returns."
The strange episode has been highlighted by UFO enthusiast Gavin Davies, who runs the Paranormal Chronicles website.
He said: "Some will see an alien spaceship and some will see a bird or a plane. It will be interesting to see if anyone else witnessed the object or has clear evidence, not speculation, on what it is."