The photos were faked in a publicity stunt to draw attention to an upcoming science fiction and fantasy festival.
Event organiser Joshua Hibberd, 26, North End, said: ‘We got eight or 10 people from around Portsmouth to take a picture at the same time on the same evening.
‘I e-mailed them to another organiser, Dan Cook, who is a whizz with Photoshop.
‘He added the UFO, and we had help from others to get people talking about it on social media.’
|(left to right) Daniel Cook, Matthew Harrison and Joshua Hibberd Picture: Malcolm Wells (142599-8252)|
He said: ‘It’s amazing how people’s imaginations have been taken by this.
‘We really didn’t expect it go as big as it has.
‘We’ve found websites with people talking about it in Canada, India, Singapore, all over.’
‘We wanted it to be Portsmouth-wide, but we didn’t expect it to be worldwide.’
Mr Hibberd dreamt up the hoax as a cheap way of spreading the word about the SciFi and Fantasy Weekend, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Action Stations in the Historic Dockyard.
He said: ‘As we’re on a fairly low budget, this was the best way I could think of getting the event put on the map without spending lots of money.’
Mr Hibberd, who studied television and film at university, said science fiction and fantasy had such broad appeal he expected the festival to draw a lot of visitors.
You can contact the HOAXERS at (023) 9289 3316.