ONE in five university scientists say they have seen a UFO — or have a family member who has.

It means boffins are also mystified by strange lights and weird shapes in the sky — not just conspiracy theorists.

Researchers polled 1,460 academics from 144 universities, asking if they or someone close to them has ever witnessed “unidentified aerial phenomena”.

A fifth said yes and 37 per cent reckon there needs to be more research into close encounters.

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