Exclusively unveiled by the Daily Express, it shows what is thought to be a living balloon which once used to carry microscopic alien organisms.
Discovered by Professor Milton Wainwright and his team from the University of Sheffield and the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, it is, they claim, the latest proof aliens exist.
It could even be the next step in piecing together the age-long conundrum of where life on Earth came from, with experts firmly pointing the finger outside our planet.
Professor Wainwright insists the particle, found in dust and particulate matter collected from the stratosphere, is biological.
Resembling a wisp of smoke under the microscope the minuscule organism, could hold the key to the long-pondered question are we alone?.
Professor Wainwright said: This is nothing short of a New Years present from outer space.
The width of a human hair and resembling a chiffon scarf with a ghostly appearance, the particle is definitely biological.
We can speculate that in its space environment this ghost particle is a living balloon which an alien microscopic organism might inflate with lighter than air gasses allowing it to float in the air or the seas of an unknown space environment.
The particle in the picture looks is more like a collapsed balloon, however in its natural state is probably inflated.
It is set to throw the scientific community into a frenzy of excitement and comes after the discovery last October of a similar dragon particle by Professor Wainwright and his team.
Both particles were found by sending balloons into the stratosphere 27 km above the Earths atmosphere and examining debris pulled back from space.
Professor Wainwright said: These are like nothing previously found on Earth.
It is amazing is that they appear on the sampling stubs in an absolutely pristine condition with no contamination like pollen, grass or pollution particles Unless a means of lifting them from Earth exists which selectively sieves them out from other Earth-derived debris then they must be incoming from space.
They also produce tiny dents we call impact craters when they land on the sampler so there is almost no doubt of their space origin.
Last year astronauts announced they had found traces of life on the surface of the International Space Station (ISS) which orbits Earth.
The discovery of tiny plankton on the ISS was the first time complex organisms were discovered in outer space.
Experiments previously showed bacteria can survive outside our planet but the discovery of the so-called diatoms supports the theory that the biochemical catalyst for human life originated elsewhere in the universe.
The research lent credence theories that not only does life exist in outer space, but extraterrestrial organisms including unknown viruses are continually raining down on earth.
Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham in England, said newly released research shows DNA - the building blocks of life - can survive harsh extra-terrestrial conditions.
A small piece of DNA called a plasmid was sent into space from Sweden in 2011 on the exterior of a TEXUS-49 rocket.
After enduring 1,000C heat it was found to still be intact and with its biological properties when it returned to Earth.
Professor Wickramasinghe, who has long-maintained that alien life does exist, hailed the finding as further proof of this.
He said viruses and viral particles are constantly raining down on Earth from space in a process called cometary panspermia.
DNA carries the blueprint of all life, and its survival during space travel is essential if life is to be regarded a cosmic phenomenon, he said.
This finding shows that DNA and viruses can survive the rigours of space travel escape at high speed through the atmosphere of one planet and land in tact on another.
The result gives strong support for the Hoyle-Wickramasinghe theory of Evolution from Space.
It lends very strong support to the theory of cometary panspermia.
Professor Wainwright added: "Everything that we have on the Earth is derived from space, including humans".