By Hillary Busis
Updated March 06, 2013 at 09:55 PM EST
Russell Crowe
Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage
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Les Mis star Russell Crowe may have spent a little too much time staring at the “Stars.” (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

The Oscar winner was flummoxed Tuesday when he spied a mysterious crimson flash floating across the sky near his office in Woolloomooloo (which sounds like a space town but is, in fact, a suburb of Sydney, Australia). He even took a series of time-lapse photos of the phenomenon, which he then posted on Twitter with this not-at-all-crazy-sounding caption: “UFO? Time Lapse Photos Outside RC’s Woolloomooloo Office (THESE ARE REAL!)”

What could be the source of that light, if not straight-up aliens? It’s not his camera’s flash, said Crowe, because his Canon 5D isn’t equipped with one; it also can’t be a lens flare, because the camera was fixed.

Clearly, the invasion has begun. Or, you know, Crowe spotted the lights of a conventional aircraft, a helicopter, a bug, a car, or a yacht, as various YouTube commenters have suggested. One thing’s for sure, though: The truth is out there, and “there,” in this case, means “the Internet.”

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Les Miserables

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  • PG-13
  • 167 minutes
  • Tom Hooper