A classified video recently released by the Committee for the Study of Anomalous Air Phenomena (CEFAA) shows a UFO that was spotted between San Antonio and Quinteros.
The footage is from November 11th, 2014. According to reports, a team in a Chilean navy helicopter was conducting it’s usual daytime patrol when a crew member on board spotted something flying into their airspace. At this point the individual on board directed the helicopter’s infrared camera towards the object, and continued to film. A statement on the CEFAA website confirms this series of events:
“At 1:52 pm, while filming the terrain, the technician observed a strange object flying to the left over the ocean. Soon both men observed it with the naked eye. They noticed that the velocity and the altitude of the object appeared to be about the same as the helicopter, and estimated that the object was approximately 35 to 40 miles (55-65 km) away. It was traveling W/NW, according to the Captain. The technician aimed the camera at the object immediately and zoomed in with the infra red (IR) for better clarity.”
Further investigation of the event showed that the General Directorate of Civil Aviation in Santiago reported no additional air traffic in the region; there was no authorized flight aside from the the Chilean helicopter and they detected no other traces of aircraft on their radar.
The UAP (as referred to in the reports) appears at two “hot spots” that appear to be connected in some fashion. In certain parts of the footage, you can see a trail, or tail, following the object.
Researchers are also having a difficult time describing the appearance of the trails following the object.
“Some analysts have suggested the hypothesis that it is a medium-sized line aircraft and that the stelae of the detachable element may be the reserve water inside the apparatus, thrown by the crew. However, meteorology asserts that neither the altitude at which the object moved, nor the ambient temperature of that moment, allowed such a wake of condensation.”
Since the video went public, there have been plenty of theories on the alleged object. One of the most promising de-bunking theories comes from Mick West, an administrator at Metabunk.org. West describes two flights that were in the same area at the time, contrary to the original reports. LA330 (from Santiago to La Serena) and IB6830 are four-engine planes that are believed to be able to produce the same phenomena. As to why they weren’t caught on radar, Mick believes technicians were simply looking in the “wrong place”.
“At the time this was spotted (the very first sighting on the video, at 13:52:34) IB6830 was actually around 35 miles away. However it would very quickly get further away. By 13:57 IB6830 would be 65 miles away. This explain why it was not seen on radar (IB6830 was on radar, just not where they thought it was).”
Here’s the original footage from the Chilean Government:
Here’s Wests’s explanation of the UFO:
With the new episodes having been released, The X-Files are no longer a thing of the past, and people are rethinking the concept of alien life with the help of various art forms and formats of modern media. The interest in the topic has been growing so much that nowadays, there is talk of it even in the official political circles. One of the best examples is Hilary Clinton’s pledge to disclose the content of government files if she ends up being elected president. The question many people are asking is why we are once again becoming fascinated with UFOs.
During the first decade of the 21st century, it seemed that we were growing out of our interest in science fiction and UFOs. There was a significant decrease in the number of reported sightings, as well as the disappearance of movies and TV shows that supported the view that there is such a thing as alien life. The internet seemed to be of great help in making people stop believing in the existence of extraterrestrials, mostly due to it allowing a much easier exchange of both facts and ideas. By the end of the previous decade, it seemed safe to conclude that people no longer believed in existence of UFOs. What changed?
One of the most prominent theories is supported by sociologists of religion. They claim that what is now happening can be described as a sort of “re-enchantment.” What occurred during the first decade of the 21st century was obviously a victory of the sciences over belief in mysterious forces. That can hardly be argued, but the sociologists in question also believe that things such as UFOs can never be fully banished from the human psyche. In their words, what is happening now is a completely natural shift from the reign of reason to the rule of the supernatural.
As we have already mentioned, there is a political aspect to the problem as well, and it is making the “re-enchantment” a lot tougher to explain. The idea that people go from trusting in science to believing in the supernatural is much easier to grasp than it is to understand why a person who is running for president would ever bring up a topic such as extraterrestrial life. Some believe that the political climate has changed in a way that is making this not only possible, but desirable as well. Nowadays there is a lot of thinking that has been turned against the institution of science. It has come to the point in which what we call the language of reason is now being used to attack both sciences and their endeavors. In a climate such as that, a weird idea can easily go from being a liability to having political appeal.
(Reuters) – Social media lit up on Saturday night with reports of streaking lights across the skies from California to Arizona, but the phenomenon turned out to be a Navy missile test flight launched off the southern California coast, the Pentagon said.
A Pentagon public affairs spokesman said a U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs Trident II (D5) missile test flight was conducted at sea from the USS Kentucky, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California.
Users of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook posted photos, comments and video of the lights, wondering whether they might have come from everything from a meteor to a UFO.
The tests of the unarmed missile were part of a scheduled, on-going system evaluation test, according to the spokesman, Commander Ryan Perry.
Such launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system, Perry said, as well as to provide systems information and assurances of their capabilities.
Because information regarding the test launch of Trident II (D5) missiles is classified prior to the launch, such missile testing is not routinely announced, he noted.
(Editing by Chris Michaud, Robert Birsel)