The weird, loud noises have been heard across several continents, but have now hit the UK, and scientists cannot agree on the reason for the widespread phenomenon.
For the past few years increasing numbers of people have posted online videos of themselves witnessing strange unexplained ‘trumpet’ noises.
In some cases, the sounds have been accompanied by shaking windows and people being frozen with terror.
The YouTube videos have been uploaded from as far afield as Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, Australian and North America.
But, now a worried resident of Derbyshire has contacted his local paper with concerns.
The reader approached the Derby Telegraph for help after hearing the “strange noise.”
They tweeted the paper and police asking for an explanation for “trumpet-like booming sounds” which he heard Riddings, near Alfreton.
The reader wrote: “Any idea what the strange noise is over Riddings that’s been going on and off all day?”
Earlier Calvin Kirlew recorded video of a similar noise in Nottingham.
Derbyshire Police tweeted back that the incident was “intriguing,” but the force was bewildered.
Aaron Traylor, from Montana in the US, is one of those to have uploaded recordings of the creepy noises to YouTube and claims to have suffered “vivid nightmares” ever since.
He said: “Since I’ve been following this worldwide strange sounds phenomenon for some time, the whole ‘End of the world’ thing popped instantly into my head.
“What if this was one of those sounds? I had my phone ready to capture the next one just in case. Sure enough, five minutes later the sound had returned.”
However, level-headed Kimberly Wookey, from Terrace in British Columbia, Canada – who first recorded the odd noises in June 2013 and has since caught the weird sounds on camera a number of other times – dismissed fears the sounds signal the end of the world or the arrival of aliens.
She has also ruled out trains or building work, believing the cause of the noises may be “geophysical”, such as atmospheric pressure or tectonic plates grinding together.
As yet, there has been no firm breakthrough in attempts to explain the loud ‘trumpet’ sounds.
Some scientists have said earthquakes can produce sub-audible sounds while lightning creates eerie noises heard through radio emissions.
NASA researchers say the planet does make background noises, but people would usually require radio antennas to pick it up.
Sociology lecturer at the University of Derby and conspiracy theory expert Andrew Wilson told the Derby Telegraph some clips may have been hoaxed, but “such stories have actually been reported for at least 200 years.”
He said: “There is an account from an 1804 book called British Mineralogy, in which the author describes going to Yorkshire and hearing noises in the air. The next day, he found evidence of a meteorite a couple of miles away.
“There are a wide range of explanations for these sounds. Most of them are put down to unusual, but natural, phenomena such as subterranean earthquakes, thunder without lightning and falling meteors.”
Mr Wilson said, however, conspiracy theories for the mysterious noises have a sociological explanation.
He said apocalypse fears or alien theories come about when scientific explanations are not obvious, as people become desperate for an explanation.
He said: “Conspiracy theories offer a very attractive and simple way of viewing that world. But they are flawed, and over-simplified.”