Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Argentina: The Argentinean X-Files - An Interview with Ruben Lianza

Source: Planeta UFO and
Date: 08.16.2017
Article by Enrique Garabeytan

Argentina: The Argentinean X-Files - An Interview with Ruben Lianza

A debate arose 70 years ago that is still ongoing: In 1947, the sighting of a "fleet of flying saucers" and the "Roswell incident" in the New Mexico desert became the kickoff points for the UFO (unidentified flying object) phenomenon. There are two factions today: one claims that extraterrestrials are flying over the Earth and another, which would sooner engage in a detailed analysis, avoiding extremist positions, of every claim, photograph and video on the subject before passing judgment.

This task has been carried out since 2011 by the Comisión de Estudio de Fenómenos Aeroespaciales (CEFAE), a branch of the Argentinean Air Force. Its current director is Ruben Lianza, an experienced air force test pilot, now retired, who was the commandant of the Marambio Base, as well as being an amateur astronomer and a student of the UFO field for over forty years.

"During 2016 we investigated - and explained - forty reports submitted to us from nearly all of [Argentina's] provinces," Lianza told PERFIL from his office in the Condor Building. "Last year we were able to satisfactorily explain all the reported incidents following an analysis of images using specialized software, an evaluation of eyewitness reports, a search for background data and the application of astronomy, meteorology and optical techniques." All of this is done without any specific budget allocation to his office, "as the air force has other greater and more pressing operational needs."

Reports usually reach CEFAE through a contact form found at "Most of them are eyewitness reports and taken with digital cameras and some videos. All of them show various objects in flight, some of them saucer-shaped. The photographer says that no plane, helicopter or bird was visible when the photo was taken. They are sometimes nocturnal shots in which one or several lights are seen in the sky."

Lianza is in charge of carrying out the detective-like work for identifying each flying object, based on various techniques and following a systematic methodology. "Biological causes are common, ranging from birds to bugs flying in front of the camera. This is studied with programs that enable a pixel-by-pixel analysis of the photo, including tools that can remove the blurry outline to reveal the solid image."

Optical phenomena or camera defects are another common explanation, Lianza explains. These range from lens scratches to a drop of moisture that creates a particular spectral dispersion. "In other cases, for example, when lights are seen in a given point in the sky, we search databases and use simulation programs to see if the cause could be attributed to the sun reflecting over a satellite in orbit above the specific geographical point. Or the Moon, seen by day, but an angle and location the photographer was not expecting.

According to Lianza, other causes are meteorological, such as certain clouds, which can be attested by analyzing satellite photographs against the place where the photo was taken, and reports of the National Weather Service (Servicio Meteorologico Nacional) breaking down the weather conditions. Finally, an aeronautical explanation can be found for other UFOs, ranging from military planes, drones or even high-altitude balloons such as Google's, which provide Internet access in isolated locations. After the proper scientific explanation is found, the UFO becomes an IFO - Identified Flying Object.

"So what happens if the UFOs cannot be explained?"
"Should this happen, it's still not proof of alien involvement. These files remain open for the following year while we look for new data and sources sometimes provided by colleagues in other countries such as France, Chile, Uruguay or Peru, with whom information is exchanged. Or we practice new techniques so that the report can reach the level of scientific expertise required by international standards."
"Do you personally believe extraterrestrial life exists?"
"There's already an accepted scientific discipline called astrobiology. It is focused on two things - on the one hand, it studies things like extremophile bacteria able to live on other planets. But other experts are engaged in analyzing the likelihood of other advanced civilizations that could perhaps be broadcasting electromagnetic signals. It is for this reason that there have been several SETI projects worldwide for years. CEFAE has a list of external advisors that includes scientists of all types, but none related to the paranormal. In fact, we added an Argentinean astrobiologist, but not to perform autopsies on alleged aliens, only to escort us in our educational endeavors.

One of the few times the USAF researched and published reports on UFOS was to clarify Roswell. According to Lianza, who compiled considerable information on the subject, this is a myth arising from an unfortunate mixture of events and secret military projects of the Cold War era and the space race. "On the one hand, the remains of a string of stratospheric balloons employed to determine whether it was feasible to detect Soviet nuclear explosions was indeed recovered. In 1956, launches involving human mannequins were carried out to determine free-fall speeds in designing parachutes for astronauts involved in flight tests in the space race against the USSR. Thirty years later, two UFO experts recycled both stories, embellished them and popularized them." Today, thanks to these stories, Roswell became a tourist destination.

[Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]

Costa Rica: Pilot Records UFO

Source: PLANETA UFO and
Date: 08.16.2017

Costa Rica: Pilot Records UFO

Impressive! A video recorded in Costa Rica has gone viral on YouTube. What is the reason for this? It turns out that an airline pilot captured the very moment at which the UFO flew in the distance.

The pilot, whose name is Jose Daniel Araya, wanted to record the sunset over Costa Rica on his cellphone without thinking he would capture a UFO. The images have gone around the world and have been seen millions of times on Youtube.

At first, the pilot did not clearly see the UFO and wanted to be certain. Upon going home to inspect the recorded images, he was startled to find the UFO was clearly visible.

Faced with this mystery, the pilot visited astronomer José Alberto Villalobos and UFO expert Alexis Astúa, who said it was in fact an 'extraterrestrial spacecraft'. As of this moment the video has over a millon views on YouTube and is a viral phenomenon. Do you think these images are true. Leave your comments and share them on all of your social networks.


[Translation (c) 2017, S. Corrales IHU]

Monday, August 14, 2017

Argentina: Remembering the 1968 UFO Fly-By over José Marmol

Date: 08.14.2017
A news item by Juan José Alarcón y Figueroa

Argentina: Remembering the 1968 UFO Fly-By Over José Mármol

It was over fifty years ago that UFOs were seen in the airspace over the district of Alte. Brown.

The UFO phenomenon exists in our region and is well-documented. We ascertained that many of our fellow resideents had sightings. They do not speak of them, as these are matters considered private and the source of much derision. Silence is therefore the rule.

An event ocurred in Almirante Brown well over forty years ago and it involved the presence of a UFO fleet seen by the townspeople of José Mármol one summer night in 1968. According to reports, a group noticed the presence of white spots in the sky, appearing among the clouds and moving swiftly, but still retaining a boomerang-like formation. Townspeople took to the streets pointing at the sky, feeling a collective shiver at being in the presence of the unknown.

Concepción Vitulano, now elderly, says the following: "I couldn't believe it. My children jumped for joy, shouting: 'The Martians are coming!' but I had my misgivings. It was the only time I ever saw something like it."

Nowadays, the locals do not discuss the subject much, and the few whor remain recall it as something very strange that happened one summer night, and which they will never forget.

Mass sightings are neither common nor frequent. This incident in José Mármol was among few in the locality, and even the entire region.

Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Spain: UFO Reported Over Brenes (Seville)

Source: PLANETA UFO and José Manuel García Bautista
El Correo Web -
Date: August 2, 2017

Spain: UFO Reported Over Brenes (Seville)

Several witnesses saw an oval-shaped object that put forth considerable light with bright flashes, moving parallel with the horizon.

The summer of 2017 has been particularly active as regards aerial mysteries and unknown phenomena. The UFOs of yesterday remain as current as ever and materialize yet again to fill us with wonder and disbelief.

This is precisely how the protagonist of a UFO encounter in the locality of Brenes felt on the morning of August 2nd. It was something so incredible and unknown that she could hardly credit what he was seeing. Her name is Sandra and she witnessed something astonishing at 8:30 a.m.: "I was on my way to work and took my daughter over to my mother. It was then when I saw a light-emitting source in the sky. I can almost tell you that it was oval; issuing bright flashes even though it was daylight. The light was irregular and was in view for nearly a minute. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I watched it carefully and saw how its size decreased and became smaller until it disappeared."

Sandra, visibly excited, recalls every second of this sighting. "I'm not easily shocked. My partner and I love these subjects, and a while ago, we spent some time in Gibraltar and saw three lights that left our jaws hanging. But this morning's event has been truly impressive." The witness called another person - Jesús, a worker at a nearby bar, who jokingly said: "They're here!" but when he saw the luminous form, realized they were both looking at a truly extraordinary phenomenon.

Fernando Romero, driving from Tocina to Seville around the same time, also saw the mysterious object: "It was a large luminous form, a point of light that stood out in the sky, having the apparent size of a large marble. The object, or whatever it was, flew parallel to the horizon, slowly. I thought it was an airplane approaching Seville with its lights on, but when I looked more closely, I saw this wasn't the case. The light grew and shrank intermittently and stopped. It was very odd. Then, some thirty seconds later, it disappeared and left me stunned. I don't believe in this UFO and alien stuff, but I can tell you that was something very strange."

Confirmation of the nature of the sighting was sought with Seville Flight Control, which confirmed having no air traffic matching what was seen by the witnesses. The same happened with military flight controllers. No astronomical phenomenon matches the nature of this UFO sighting. Nor is the passage of International Space Station (ISS) a valid explanation. By strict definition, these witnesses saw a UFO.

The astronomical phenomena for the month of August will be the traditional "Lágrimas de San Lorenzo" (St. Lawrence's Tears) around the 12th (Perseids), also bearing in mind the partial lunar eclipse on the 7th of this month. The UFO phenomenon remains present in the heavens over Seville. It is a timeless phenomenon that appears before witnesses at any time of day and which can shatter preconceived notions about "things seen in the sky whose real nature we do not know". The Brenes UFO almost surely marks the start of other sightings in Seville.

[Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO and José Manuel García Bautista]

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Honduras: UFO Sightings On The Rise

Source: Planeta UFO (Argentina) and La Gente (Honduras)
Date: 07.16.2017

Honduras: UFO Sightings On The Rise

Tegucigalpa, Honduras -- Her sleep was disturbed by the parrot squawking at that time of the morning. Upon stepping out to the yard, she found the bird staring skyward and her amazement was indescribable as she witnessed a luminous object moving beside the sun. The object descended and its surroundings acquired an aqua-green intensity before it sped off to the north at a tremendous rate of speed.

The time was around 6:00 in the morning last Sunday. The singular vision shocked her out of her Sunday slumber, giving her enough time to reach for her smartphone and take three photos of the strange object as it moved in the heavens.

The first two photos showed a bright spot, but in the third, the object lit up in such a way that it made it clear that it had a force field. When it dashed off into the clear blue skies, "Sandrita" was sure that she'd seen an unidentified flying object (UFO).

Others in Honduras, much like "Sandrita" (who preferred to conceal her surname), and hundreds of others around the world are seeing from one to entire flotillas of objects, as well as the added shock of encountering one of their occupants or extraterrestrial beings.

The event has left the girl from a Comayaguela neighborhood full of questions after having photographed a UFO without meaning to do so. Many others worldwide are also wondering about the purpose or goals such craft might have.

Humanity has kept records of so-called extraterrestrial contact since the dawn of times. An increase in UFO sighting reports is occurring in every country on the planet, including Honduras.

[Translation (c) 2017, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez]

Monday, July 24, 2017

Argentina: Spectacular Bolide Stuns Onlookers

Source: Planeta UFO
Date: 7.24.2017

Argentina: Spectacular Bolide Stuns Onlookers

An intensely bright light was seen in the heavens over many aprts of the country. Theories emerged and the we now have the answer. What was it?

The skies over Argentina were illuminated for a few seconds, startling people who were able to see it from various parts of the country. Was it a UFO, a shooting star? people wondered. But there was another solution.

"It was a space rock. A bolide. These are rocks larger than the palm of one's hand which disintegrate at high altitude as they enter our atmosphere," explained Jorge Coghlan, astronomer and boardmember of the Centro de Observadores del Espacio (Space Watch Center).

"Given that it was a larger rock, it can even light up the earth as it enters the atmosphere." the expert told the Cadena 3 web portal

[Translation (c) 2017 IHU with thanks to Guillermo Gimenez and Gira Buenos Aires []

Friday, July 21, 2017

Spain: Ministry of Defense Investigated at Least 8 UFO Cases in 70s-80s

Source: Planeta UFO and Alicante Press
Date: July 21, 2017

Spain: Ministry of Defense Investigated at Least 8 UFO Cases in 70s-80s

The Ministry of Defense was aware of at least eight strange phenomena in Alicante's airspace during the 1970s and 1980s. These cases were part of the Spanish Air Force's (Ejército del Aire) UFO Files. Today, 80 of those files, which include the events at Aitana, may be freely perused in the Ministry of Defense's website.

The first UFO incident linked to the Escuadron de Vigilancia Aérea (Air Surveillance Squadron, EVA) in Aitana was dated July 28, 1975. A number of non-commissioned officers witnessed an object performing a fly-over of the EVA military facilities at 05:30 hours. The report discloses that shortly before the sighting, the radar had picked up a 'motionless echo' over the sea.

On February 6, 1979 at 21:17 hours, EVA 5 picked up radar echoes over the sea. At that very same time, the fuel ship Tamames' witnessed 'multiple lights'. The Ejercito del Aire's report indicates this could have been a 'parachuting' exercise. A month later, on March 13, 1979, the Aitana Base's radar picked up an 'unknown echo' heading toward the Iberian Peninsula. The Defense Ministry then scrambled a Mirage III fighter out of the Manises Base to find out what was taking place in Spanish airspace. There would be another scramble months later, this time from the Los Llanos airbase in Albacete. Captain Fernando Cámara took off in his Mirage F1 searching for lights reported by the pilot of a TAE Airlines flight from Mallorca to Tenerife, seen over the city of Valencia. The date was November 11, 1979 and it would become known as the Manises Incident, the most significant one in Spanish ufology.

Another of Ministry of Defense file that has been digitized and is available for review concerns an incident that took place on April 26, 1986. An object was seen plummeting into the sea into the waters near Benidorm at 18:00 from the Sierra de Aitana's EVA 5 facility. The Guardia Civil (state police) was advised and the military did not pursue the investigation. The last UFO case recorded by the EVA 5 facility took place on July 26, 1986 when radar picked up an unknown echo on the Baleares-Cádiz route.

Among the declassified documents now available to the public we also find the letter written by a resident of Alicante on June 25, 1981 to the Spanish Air Force, advising it of a UFO sighting from the terrace at his place of residence. The citizen attached drawings of the alleged object to his letter, showing a boomerang-shaped object. Another of the Ejército del Aire's digitized files concerns the sighting of "strange phenomena" during Iberia Flight 435 from Palma to Madrid on February 25, 1969.

The story concerning these recently scanned documents begins in 1991, when the Ministry of Defense engaged in a document declassification process involving sightings of strange phenomena (the "UFO Files) with a view toward analyzing them and if necessary, to lower their classification level and make them available to the public. The declassification request was issued by Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, who had presented the report entitled "El fenómeno OVNI y el Ejército del Aire" to the Air Force high command. In 1992, the Intelligence Sector of the Mando Operativo Aéreo (Operational Air Command - MOA) kicked off the declassification process, a task entrusted to Lt. Col. Angel Bastida. A physical copy of the files was deposited with the Ejército del Aire's Central Library at the Madrid Headquarters, and it is the scanned version of this copy that is now freely available to the citizenry.

[Translation (c) 2017 Scott Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez and Alicante Press]

Spain: UFO Sighting in Alicante

Source: PLANETA UFO and Grupo Investigación Insólita
Date: 04/30/2017

Spain: UFO Sighting in Alicante

Spain's Grupo de Investigación Insólita has circulated photographs taken on 30 April 2017 by an unnamed witness. The text, written by "Miguel Angel" (no surname given) indicates the witness in question was asleep and upon waking, saw it was daylight. Looking through her bedroom window, she saw strange object "only a few meters away from her window". Reaching for her Canon camera, she took the following shots.

Our thanks to Guillermo Giménez and "Miguel Angel" for providing us these images!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mexico: Strange Object in the Skies Over Puebla

Source: PLANETA UFO and El Sol de Mexico
Date: 07.12.2017

Mexico: Strange Object in the Skies Over Puebla

PUEBLA - A strange object was seen over ver Quecholac which has caused consternation among the locals, who claim it is a UFO.

A black circle appeared among the clouds, immediately attracting attention. However, an even larger shape appeared in the distance.

It was a cloudy afternoon in Quecholac, Puebla when the object was recorded. Its nature has not yet been determined.