THE mysterious history of “UFO hotspot” Area 51 has been revealed in incredible detail for the first time.
Based in the heart of the Nevada desert, the military testing facility has been shrouded in intense secrecy since it was bought by the US army in 1955.
Also known as Homey Airport and Groom Lake, the area is popular with conspiracy theorists who claim it’s a base the army uses to make contact with aliens.
But a new Google timelapse reveals the fascinating way the facility has evolved and changed over the years.
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The cool new Google feature allows you to see how the Earth has changed each year since 1984.
At that time the remote base was largely cut off with few roads and infrastructure.
But over the next two decades the base gets bigger and bigger as new buildings and passages appear.
The original runway was made much bigger and a second one was also added as the base was developed.
The highly guarded facility has always been fenced off from the rest of the world and the curious eyes of UFO boffins.
They claim Area 51 is a hotbed for UFO sightings and the US government is hiding the true purpose of the secretive land.
An ex-soldier believes he was abducted by Area 51 agents who forced him aboard their alien aircraft.
The facility has become a popular attraction for alien enthusiasts and tourists hoping to make contact with extraterrestrial life.
Thousands of people flock to Nevada every year to experience Area 51 for themselves.
It’s located near the 98-mile Extraterrestrial Highway where people are said to have encountered hundreds of UFOs.
And locals say they have been able to correspond to locals using the Black Mailbox.