An image of Area 51 in Nevada.

The Area 51 raid will be live streamed

For better or worse, the name "Area 51" has always captured the interest of conspiracy theorists. Since the 1950s, the mysterious army base has been associated with government back projects and clandestine activity. It's heavily guarded and whatever goes on behind its fortifications is considered top-secret. The question is, what are they hiding in there?

Sceptics reckon that the Nevada base is a repository for experimental weaponry, and reconnaissance technology, which the military-industrial complex simply doesn't want falling into the hands of the enemies of the United States.

However, a significant amount of people believe that the base is where the bodies of extraterrestrials and the wreckage of UFOs are kept under lock-and-key. Is Area 51 hiding aliens from the public? We don't know, but a contingent of internet-users are certainly determined to find out. What's more, they're using the power of memes and social media to recruit others to their cause.

The trouble started when a Facebook event was launched to encourage people to travel to the desert to raid Area 51, in an attempt to unearth evidence of alien activity.

The event, which is entitled "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us," is a tongue-in-cheek invitation for Americans to overwhelm the guards and investigate the facility through sheer force of numbers.

The event page simply states: "We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let's see them aliens [sic]."

The "invasion" is currently scheduled for Friday, 20 September 2019.

Now, it has been officially announced that the raid's organisers are planning on live streaming the whole event, in a desperate bid to capture concrete evidence of the existence of alien life.

The group "Area 51", who are supporters of the raid, wrote a post on Facebook in which they stated: "Okay. Now we’re curious too about what’s going to happen on 9/20 at the storming of #AREA51. We’re going to live stream the “event” here at #AREA15 to watch what goes down. And, of course, costumes and tin foil hats are required. [sic]"

However, the military is attempting to discourage people from participating in the stunt.

US Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews told The Independent: "[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces. The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."