UFO experts were left baffled after claims that ET was finally tracked down on Google Street View.
A misty shape, bearing a distinct similarity to the movie alien, was captured behind a bush next to a mysterious beam of light.
The spooky snap was caught by Google image cameras in the town of Berkeley Heights in New Jersey.
Some claim the image could be evidence of life in outer space while others point to a simple trick of the light.
The 'ET' alien was photographed on Diamond Hill Road, a semi-rural location about eight miles from Morristown Municipal Airport, New Jersey and 30 miles from the bright lights of New York City.
Malcolm Robinson, head of the Strange Phenomena Investigations, described the image as "the first of its kind".
He said: "On close inspection the similarities with ET are obvious but it's hard to say with any certainty what exactly it is
"Of added interest is the strange beam of light to the right, which I cannot explain either.
"This picture is the first of it's kind, as far as I'm aware, in that its been captured on Google's new Street View technology.
"However, because it was captured by Google it would appear that there aren't any witnesses to back up what was photographed, which is frustrating.
"Without further details to go on I'm really stumped. We'd all love it to be alien, but that's a big assumption."
Nick Sawyer, one of many web-users to have spotted the alien-like creature, added: "Whatever it is, you cannot deny that it looks exactly like ET.
"The head is an oblong shape and it seems to have the same long neck and fat body.
"There is also a beam of light right next to him, who knows, that might be an unseen spaceship trying to make contact.
"In all seriousness, however, I'm mystified at what it is. The area is not far from an airport and UFOs have been reported to take an interest in our own aviation technology.
"New York City is only an hour's drive as well so you never know, he might be eyeing up a trip to the Big Apple."
Technical experts are also in a muddle over what the image could be, although one told an online chatroom: "When the light shines directly at and between two of the lenses, the software compiling the images together may end up putting up a slicing white laser.
"But I cannot be sure one hundred per cent."
Three months ago, police in nearby Morris County, New Jersey, were alerted to a series of unidentified flying objects hovering over the area.
Dozens of residents watched on in awe as five flickering red lights moved gently across the night's sky.
Local resident Paul Hurley, a pilot who works at Morristown Airport, said: "I've been in the aviation industry about 20 years, so I knew they weren't airplanes".