Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Argentina: Analysis of the Cerro Tres Picos Image

Guillermo Gimenez of Planeta UFO has sent us a report by photo analyst Jorge Figueras, part of the FAO (Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía) research team, regarding the photo of an alleged UFO taken at Cerro Tres Picos in Argentina:

"Hello Guillermo. I'm attaching the image from Sierra de la Ventana. The one that was uploaded to Planeta UFO did not define its contour properly, but an explanation for this can be found in the image's format, which was taken at 1/30 sec, rather low, and the hyperfocal is somewhere around 3.74 meters (this is the point of maximum clarity in the photo). Nevertheless, refinement begins to yield a contour that could correspond to that of a bird in flight. Please bear in mind that the aperture's low speed must be taken into consideration a long with the distance of greatest clarity (barely 3.74 meters). If it is a bird, it corresponds to the clarity with which the trees on the hill can be seen. This was what I was able to glean. See below the information on the photo, distances and speeds. This information may be incorrect if the image has been resized or modified in any way."

Aperture: 2.6
Confusion Circle: 0.003 mm
Visual Field: 39.3 gra
Focal Distance: 5.8 mm (35 mm equal to 50.4 mm)
Hyperfocal Distance: 3.74 m
Scaling Factor Equivalent to 35 mm : 8.7
Shutter Speed: 1/30
Image Thumbnail: (3897 bytes binary data)

Inexplicata thanks Guillermo Gimenez and Jorge Figueras for this information.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Argentina: Another Object Photographed Over Cordoba

Source: Cadena3.Com
Date: 05.15.09 19:0

Argentina: Another UFO Photographed Over Cordoba

Photos were taken last night. Claims that in less than a minute, a "circle of light" moved quickly across the sky. Could this be true?

Two photos in sequence, the first photo shows an iluminated circle that left a wake behind it, always having the same length but in the measure that the circle rose, the wake diminished its intensity.

The second photo shows the same object, which continues its ascent without a wake and showing a change in shape. The circle with the wake appeared from the north and was lost (now without its tail and a higher speed and with a different shape) in a southerly direction.

Note: A streetlight can be used as a point of reference in the photos, making it possible to see the distance traveled in less than one minute.


Special thanks to GabrielV7 and Planeta UFO. Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU.

Argentina: UFOs Over Cordoba

Argentina: UFOs Over Cordoba

Source: Planeta UFO
Date: April 29, 2009

UFO videographer Gabriela Decall managed to tape "variable geometry" objects over the city of Cordoba on April 29th of this year. Since activity over the Cordoba area is recurrent, and Gabriela Decall has fortunately managed to capture some excellent images on video, these videocaps correspond to a very particular UFO that can be seen on the last part of the video, wher the object moves through the sky "as though it were swimming".

A total of nine (9) objects went by on April 29, 2009. They went past within the typical time frame of 15:00 to 17:00 hours. Their trajectories were varied -- north to southwest, east to west -- and one came from the east, remained stationary for 10 minutes, before returning east again.

Special thanks to SolidaEvidencia.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ana Luisa Cid's Phantom UFO Gallery

Some of you have contacted INEXPLICATA asking why we haven't published as many photos of ongoing "unsual objects in the skies" as we did in the past. The fact of the matter is that the backlash over these images -- the usual allegations of misidentification, sloppy research, hoaxing -- have caused us to stop. We rely entirely on the good faith of Inexplicata's network of correspondents and their expertise.
That being said, we would like to share with you some "phantom UFO" photos from the collection of Prof. Ana Luisa Cid ( Credit for these images goes to their authors. As always, our gratitude to Prof. Cid for allowing us to use these images and to Guillermo Gimenez at Planeta UFO for drawing our attention to them.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Spain: Antonio José Alés (Transition)

The Spanish UFO community has lost another of its leading lights, a name not readily known in English-reading circles of the paranormal: Antonio José Alés, whose late night broadcasts on Spain's SER network enthralled an entire generation, and prompted many listeners to become active members in Iberian UFO/paranormal research. Alés's "Medianoche" program initially aired on August 1, 1977 to fill the warm evenings of the month-long vacation season. Alés became widely known for his Alertas OVNI (UFO Alerts) -- nationwide skywatches involving his listeners. The first of these events, in August 1979, was one of the most successful of its kind, attracting an unheard-of radio audience of 12 million.

While this pioneering radio show last aired in 1995, just as its spiritual offspring (Mundo Misterioso, Espacio en Blanco and others) became the on-air presence of a new generation, Alés trailblazing effort was never forgotten and "Medianoche" is still considered a high point in paranormal broadcasting.

Photo courtesy Ramón Alvarez.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Chile: Vidcap from the April 12 Footage

Source: El Diaro de Aysen (Chile)
Date: May 4, 2009

Chile: A Vidcap from the April 12 Footage

Aviation experts inspected images.

"This is very strange and there's really no explanation for it." These were the first words spoken by renowned pilots from the Aysen Region after watching one minute of video showing a strange and unknown formation of lights.

The lights were filmed by a group of young professionals whose sighting occurred from a hill located on the side of Route 7, some 20 minutes from Coyhaique.

They were on their way back to the regional capital on a Jeep when around 19:30 hours on April 12, one of them became aware of the presence of three lights over a hill, noting that they vanished a few seconds later. Pulling over to get a better view, and being unable to, they decided to continue with their drive.

Having covered approximately two kilometers, with their eyes glued to the same location, they suddenly saw the luminous spheres emerge, changing sizes as though merging, while not betraying any horizontal movement.

"The time was now around seven thirty p.m. and it was dark. There were four people in the vehicle and one of them alerted the others to the lights over on our left, toward the mountain area. We all looked. [The phenomenon] involved three very powerful white lights, and the middle one was larger," said journalist Jose Miguel de Pujadas, who made the recording.

Moreover, Sergio Pérez, a music instructor and the vehicle's driver, stated that one of the lights was somewhat higher than the other two. "I asked two people who know the area if there were houses or roads in that area, as it could be a car, and they told me that there are neither dwellings nor highways in the zone."

He added that they continued their drive to Coyhaique. Two kilometers later, they came to a curve from which they saw the phenomenon again. The young men said that the video was recorded with a digital camera and that no
sounds were heard. All they could hear was the noise made by passing vehicles on the road.

"When we saw this, we were astounded, because none of us had ever seen anything like this," the instructor pointed out. "Generally, when things like this occur, witnesses tend to claim seeing what they would like to believe, without

keeping an objective, neutral stance that is sufficiently skeptical to allow some room for rational analysis. For this reason I'm in no position to make sweeping statements. I can only tell you what I and 3 others saw, and I'm making this video available so everyone can draw his or her own conclusions."

The subject is nonetheless strange for renowned commercial pilot Carlos Martinez from Coyhaique, with 8000 flight hours over the region to his name. "It's not that one's being skeptical, or that I'm saying everything we see is
true, but that [the lights] does not correspond to the lights of an airplane."

Martinez, with 42 years as a commercial pilot, said that he believed at first that it could be a commercial airliner taking off from Balmaceda. However, he swiftly dismissed the possibility. "Two white lights and a reddish one are
not found on an airplane. Landing lights are white," he said, adding that navigation lights on the wingtips were

green and red. "Nor is the altitude proper for the area, as it would be flying under 7000 feet. That is to say, we would've heard about a crash immediately. The Cordillera is right there to the west and it's below the safety level,
but I don't think it's an airliner at all." The pilot added that the lights are too large and not stroboscopic.

After seeing the images, Alejandro Galilea, a pilot with 400 flight hours, also dismissed the possibility that the lights belonged to an airplane due to their colors and shape, and much less to those of a wheeled vehicle.

"Airplanes have a red tail light and a characteristic flash, as well as strobes that alternately turn on and off," he explained. Carlos Hein, another of the region's noted pilots, with 18,000 flight hours to his name and forty years
of experience, stated: "It's something strange and hard to explain at this time. I saw some very large spheres years ago over Cochrane that were very impressive, but the fact is that I have no explanation for this. It is
inexplicable. It is not compatible with an airliner or helicopter, because the movements are different. They're not fixed and they move from one side to another. They're above ground level. Truly this has no explanation."

Martinez, who in spite of his thousands of hours of flight time claims having never seen anything strange in the air, nonetheless remarked that some 15 or 18 years ago, he saw a phenomenon moving at high speed toward the

Las Bandurrias sector, witnessed by a large part of the population of Coyhaique, one summer day between 5 and 6 p.m.

There is also the experience of Pedro Finlez, who said that some 2 years ago, while flying with pilot Alejandro Galilea, but in separate vehicles, two identical lights flew by horizontally as they descended from the Andean Range. Much later, and before the current Balmaceda airport was built, he said that he had another experience: "I saw a light fly over my car and vanish into the woods. It lit up my car's interior. I don't know what kind of a light it was, but it vanished into the brush. It was so powerful that I almost drove off the road."

(Translation (c) 2009,S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Ana Luisa Cid)

Mexico: Really Big Footprints

Prof. Ana Luisa Cid's site features some very interesting photographs of footprints clearly belonging to something

from the Cenozoic (or thereabouts!). A letter from Ing. Narciso Rodriguez, who discovered these impression in the

northern Mexican state of Coahuila some sixteen years ago, states that the footprints are specifically located in

the outskirts or Arteaga, some 20 minutes away from Saltillo, the area's largest city. Photos have been sent to the

local anthropological museum. Our thanks to Prof. Cid and Ing. Rodríguez for these images.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Argentina: A One Million-Signature Goal

Argentina: A One Million-Signature Goal
By Scott Corrales

INEXPLICATA contributing editor Guillermo Gimenez sent us an e-mail this morning with regard to a news item in El Popular On-Line (www.popular about the one million signatures to be collected by Argentina’s UFO research community, asking President Christina Kirchner to declassify the nation’s voluminous UFO holdings. The researchers involved in this gargantuan effort are known to readers of this publication: Silvia Perez Simondini of the VISION OVNI group, Elias Kolev, Quique Mario of the defunct CEUFO organization, Carlos Iurchuk, Salvatore Carta and many, many others.

The article – written by Patxi LaFata and dated 05.03.09 – states that this meeting was held at Perez Simondini’s headquarters, the Museo OVNI in the city of Victoria. “It was marvelous,” LaFata quotes Simondini as saying, “we were all in the same frequency, there was no discord, and quite the contrary, everyone supported the initiative and voted positively. It was an unforgettable experience with first rank professionals from all parts of the country, who gathered under the idea of meeting, exchanging ideas and creating something new.” Through her museum and Internet-based radio show, Simondini is doing her level best to insure that matters concerning UFOs and ufology are made known to all Argentineans and researchers around the world.

The new organization formed as a result of this gathering is to be known as CEFORA and will lobby for the declassification of UFO materials.

The project will require a minimum of one hundred thousand citizen signatures – the amount needed to attract the attention of a legislator or political figure interested in sponsoring the endeavor. “Subsequently,” adds Simondini, “the amount of one million signatures will be needed for the matter to be discussed” in the Argentinean Congress. Not an easy task.

CEFORA’s resolutions calls for “requesting those in charge of the National Ministry of Defense, the National Presidency and the Chamber of Deputies to declassify all information pursuant to the UFO phenomenon in Argentina regardless of any regional initiatives that may be underway.”

We wish this new organization the best of luck in securing this goal, and will continue to apprise our readers of its progress.