Alien Life Researchers Report That Three Giant Spaceships Are Heading Toward Earth-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Russian News Agency alleges that the Earth will be attacked by three giant spaceships citing a report from the alien life research institute known as Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

The Truth:

A spokesperson for the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) told TruthOrFiction.Com that the institute issued no such report.

A story originally appeared in the Pravda News Service on December 22, 2010 that said SETI released a report about three spaceships, the largest one measuring 240 kilometers wide, that were detected by the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program  (HAARP).  The Pravda article also said that the objects were just beyond the orbit of Pluto and are expected to reach Earth in December 2012. HAARP is a research program based in Gakona,  Alaska for the analysis of Earth’s upper atmosphere, the ionosphere and is also a U.S. early warning system to detect incoming missiles. 

SETI also told us that their research systems are not in any way connected to HAARP, which would be limited in scanning the outer reaches of space because of its location in the northern latitudes.  SETI teamed up with the Radio Astronomy Laboratory at the University of California in Berkeley and together they use the Allen Telescope array, which is located at much lower latitudes for the study of the stars and the search for life beyond our solar system.

updated 1/3/2010

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

3 giant spaceships will attack Earth in 2012: researchers

The objects are beyond the orbit of Pluto and will only reach Earth in December 2012. -The Korea Herald/ANN

Mon, Dec 27, 2010
The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

A report by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the United States said that there are three giant spaceships which are heading towards Earth.

According to the Russian Pravda news, the SETI, a non-commercial organization said that the largest one of the three spaceships is 240 kilometers wide, and the two others are smaller.

It further stated that currently, the objects are beyond the orbit of Pluto and will reach Earth in December 2012.

The report claims that the spaceships were detected by the HAARP search system, based in Alaska, which is designed to study the phenomenon of northern lights.

According to the SETI researchers the objects are nothing but extraterrestrial spaceships, and will be visible in optical telescopes as soon as they reach Mars’ orbit, reported the Pravda news.