- The eyewitness account of a college student who claims
having seen a UFO has become a source of scientific interest.
- Remember the case involving a college student who saw
a UFO in Villa Frontera in the company of his three friends? Or the March
24th case in which a sizeable part of Arica's citizens saw an unidentified
flying object near the Morro Hill antennae? The case has silently aroused
the interest of scientific groups in the nations capital , such as the
Grupo de Estudios Ovnilógicos (GEO), whose members shall arrive
in the area next week to conduct an analyisis of the marks allegedly left
on the ground by this object.
- AN ASTRONOMER SPEAKS
- From Santiago de Chile, Leonardo Araya, an astronomer
and team member, explained that an increase in UFO activity has been recorded
over the area. The most recent case ocurred in the evening of March 24,
when the presence of a brilliant light was seen over the Morro Gordo sector,
upon which the television and radio masts of a number of Arica stations
- At 18:00 horas, the object had the aspect of a first
magnitude star, with a brilliance similar to that of the planet Venus,
but having a white or metallic color. It moved slowly toward the southwest
(approaching the sea).
- As the sun went down, its brilliance diminished and its
color chaged to red before vanishing completely before 19:00 hours.
- THE RADAR EVIDENCE
- There were those who thought that a balloon could be
involved. When personnel from the Chacalluta Airport Office of Aeronautics
was consulted, they indicated that weather balloons are not launched in
- Furthermore, they stated that inquiries were made of
the airports at Iquique and Santiago, and no radar contacts were established
with the object. Nor was the phenomenon seen by the crew of a Lan Chile
flight which took off at the time in which the citizens of Arica began
to notice the odd glow in the sky. The phenomenon was even seen in broad
daylight over the Chucuyo sector in the andean plateau by a worker fr the
- THE VILLA FRONTERA EVENTS
- The case involving the young college student is being
subjected to scientific study, involving photographs and soil samples,
given the strangeness of the event, according to the expert.
- The case, which involved G.C., a 20 year old college
student, occurred while he was in the company of his girlfriend and a couple
of friends enjoying a two day camping trip at Villa Frontera. At around
20.00 hours on the 9th of Februrary--a night of new moon--G.C. would undergo
one of the most remarkable experiences in his life.
- While the group readied itself to roast a piece of meat
around 21:30 hourst, they noticed in the distance that a group of approximately
10 individuals, including children, was beginning to move toward a nearby
location. They were clad in white tunics, added the young man, whose image
was still as clear in his mind as it had been that very same new moon evening.
- THE CIRCLES
- Filled with curiousity, he walked a few meters behind
some trees--to be joined later by his girlfriend-- and claims to have seen
a "large round object irradiating a strong reddish light" which
hovered over the white-clad group, whose members held hands while they
raised prayers and chants which were unintelligible to his ear. The object
moved in different directions and its light illuminated the entire area.
- The following day, he became aware of the existence of
a circle "with a diameter similar to that of a large automobile"
surrounded by 4 new smaller circles "about the size of a wheel".
One of the circles had a triangle in its interior and one of the smaller
circles contained a bottle with the words "Lira" and the face
of an old man.
- Faced with such evidence, the existence of UFO-related
cults in Arica cannot be dismissed. Said individuals would somehow be in
contact with UFOs themselves. It is believed that such cults are not destructive
in nature, and therefore do not represent a threat to their members.
- Translation (C) 2001 S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic
Ufology Special Thanks to Gloria Coluchi
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