5 jul. 2015

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Argentina: 50th Anniversary of the Argentinean Antarctic UFO Sighting

Source: Clarin (Argentina)
Date: July 4, 2015

Argentina: 50th Anniversary of the Argentinean Antarctic UFO Sighting

The UFO That Paraded Across the Antarctic and Triggered the Argentinean Psychosis
By Guillermo dos Santos Coelho

It had all of the ingredients. An exotic locale, experienced witnesses and a season that was ripe for fostering the imagination, shortly before man’s arrival on the Moon. It is for this reason that the UFO which paraded across the Antarctic 50 years ago was a landmark that had pride of place in the covers of all of Argentinian dailies, triggering a collective psychosis that lasted that entire winter and a little longer.

Tomorrow will mark half a century since the main sighting. While it was later learned that previous episodes existed, it was on July 3, 1965 when a small number of people, the only ones for hundreds of miles around, found themselves staring at the skies in fascination.

The Argentinean base – Decepción – held fewer than 20. At 19:40 hours that Saturday, the night had been clear and peaceful for a good while, and it was then that the weatherman noticed it. The Navy communiqué would subsequently speak in terms of a “lenticular mass” – two concave surfaces stuck together, like a lentil.

This “lentil”, according to various accounts, moved across the sky changing colors, the predominant ones being red and green, putting on quite a show: a display of yellow, blue, green, orange and white hues.

The weatherman summoned everyone. Except for the radioman, who happened to be on duty, the entire detachment was able to see the object and follow it with the detail provided by their binoculars and theodolites. Some 10 to 15 kilometers distant, the object was traveling in a generally eastward direction, although it made momentary westward changes at some 45 degrees. Its speed was variable, according to reports; it made no noise whatsoever, and at times remained suspended in space. The Navy communiqué indicated that the display lasted some 15 or 20 minutes under excellent visibility conditions. The protagonists would later state it lasted longer than that.

Civilian meteorologist Jorge Hugo Stanich reached for his camera and photographed the object as best he could. Nothing appeared on any of the photos – it was a low-sensitivity photographic emulsion for the prevailing darkness and he lacked a tripod. A curious side note to all this was the disruption of geo-magnetic instrumentation which accompanied the sighting.

A few days later, the story exploded, commanding the headlines of all domestic newspapers. Clarín spoke to the commander of the Decepción base – Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Perissé.

“We have only seen an unidentified flying object. According to the information in our possession, this was the same one witnessed by the Chilean and British detachments. I can add that this curious event was also seen on earlier dates, and always involved a single object.”

This information was indeed confirmed by the staff of Great Britain’s “B” base and the Pedro Aguirre Cerdá, which stands abandoned today. Even there, Corporal Uladislao Durán Martínez managed to take ten photographs, but months would go by before they were developed, following the personnel rotation, as no lab facilities were available. The corporal returned to Santiago in January ’66 with the film, which was forgotten. Either a conspiracy or blank negatives – you can choose your own adventure.

All this was followed by an agitated month of July. With the Argentinean delight for psychoses, UFO accounts appeared throughout the country, each of them commanding a good number of inches of page space.

First, seven teenagers near Pilar on a camping trip saw a UFO. Then there was a case near the Morón air base. Lights were photographed in the sky over Bahía Blanca. Similar accounts were repeated in Mendoza, Resistencia, Rosario and Mar del Plata. On August 1, binoculars at the Palermo Racetrack, usually aimed at the ground, focused on the sky on account of a strange balloon. The whole event lasted a few minutes, until it was announced over the loudspeakers that “only five minutes were left for placing bets.” Argentina had become a sort of UFO garage.

On August 4, the La Plata Observatory soothed the UFO effervescence that had so many people looking at the sky rather than the ground. After consultations made with centers specializing in the tracking of artificial satellites, it was explained that the U.S. Echo II satellite, launched on January of that year from Vandenberg AFB for communications duty, could have been seen from the Decepción base at the same day and time as the UFO sighting. [The Echo] was an enormous aluminized plastic balloon, highly reflective.

The tide subsided, although more eyewitness accounts took place that year. In August, officers from the Punta de Vacas squadron in Mendoza reported seeing a UFO playing in the heavens for some eight minutes. Later, in the capital of La Rioja, two men reported seeing a UFO fly directly over the car in which they drove. In early October, at Villa Characato, in the department of Cruz del Eje (Córdoba), a teacher and a group of female students claimed seeing a 30 centimeter device coming and going in the air at some 400 meters overhead before vanishing.

One of the cases appearing in the newspapers during these months occurred in the city. A child attending the No.9 School saw a light changing colors and making strange movements. The mother also saw the object and corroborated the story. The father, somewhat more skeptical, told Clarin with a thin smile: “He’s not a fantasy-prone boy, but he’s that age.”

And then…

Two years after the sightings, volcanic activity caused there to be no winter activity on Decepción Island. UFO sightings were ongoing in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but nothing came close to the 1965 wave, the Year of the UFO. The experience left a deep mark on Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Perissé, who went on to become one of the country’s best-known ufologists, first as a member of the Comisión Permanente de Investigacion del Fenomeno Ovni (Standing Committee on UFO Research) and later as a civilian.

[Translation © 2015, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Luis Burgos, Fundación Argentina de Ovnilogía]

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4 jul. 2015

New Insight Article: A Crop Formation with an Ominous Warning

On June 28 in a field near Torino, Italy, a magnificent crop formation appeared. Like the Crabwood formation of 2002, this formation contains at least one message, and the one that we have thus far been able to translate should be considered carefully, as it echoes the warning in the Crabwood formation. Both formations contain readable messages in simple binary code. Continue reading by going to our Insight section. Click here.

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A New Crop Formation with an Ominous Warning

On June 24 in a field near Torino, Italy, a magnificent crop formation appeared. Like the Crabwood formation of 2002, this formation contains at least one message, and the one that we have thus far been able to translate should be considered carefully, as it echoes the warning in the Crabwood formation. Both formations contain readable messages in simple binary code. The Torino formation's readable binary is in sixteen lines arranged along the outer ring of the formation. There is more code in the inner rings, but so far translation has not been successful.

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Colombia: UFO Recorded Over Bogota's Cerro Monserrate

Source: Diario del Huila (Colombia) and Planeta UFO
Date: 07.03.15

Colombia: UFO Recorded Over Bogotá's Cerro Monserrate

The object seen in the video has apparently been considered an unidentified flying object.

The video was recorded on the evening of Wednesday, July 1 2015. A luminous object flying at high speed can be seen in images, swiftly changing directions. The "UFO" - as it has been classified by cybernauts - is flying over Cerro Monserrate with an impressive moon in the background. The video was recorded by Jaime Reyes, who uploaded the video and would like to have the strange object analyzed by UFO experts. The images have gone viral on social media.

VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/_Jh4fQgOnRU

[Translation (c) 2015 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO]
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Trump is Trumped

Anne Richards, former governor of Texas, once said that George Bush Sr was born with a silver foot in his mouth. Blindingly wealthy Donald Trump seems to have the same problem when he characterizes Mexican immigrants as rapists. Our friends in Texas are going crazy over the suggestion that the border be closed. For one thing, there’s a popular golf course in El Paso that is on both sides of it, so what happens there?

There is a flow of immigrants from Mexico to the US, and in particular Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, that is time-honored in its tradition. The first generation that arrives barely speak English. They work as pickers, gardeners, maids and so forth.

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3 jul. 2015

La primera fotocopia de la historia

Siendo riguroso, habría que decir “la primera xerografía” o, mejor, “la primera reproducción en seco de una imagen en papel”. Llámese como se quiera, he aquí el papelillo al que quiero referirme hoy…


No es más que un sencillo trozo de papel sobre el que aparece escrita una fecha y un lugar. La fecha, 22 de octubre de 1938. El lugar, Astoria, en el barrio de Queens, Nueva York. Aquel día y en ese lugar, un físico treintañero de orígenes humildes que había estudiado en el Instituto de Tecnología de California, con una pasión sin freno por la invención y que trabajaba como agente de patentes, creó la primera muestra de xerografía (palabra de procedencia griega que vendría a significar “escritura en seco”) junto a un amigo físico llamado Otto Kornei, que le ayudaba en sus experiencias. Sucedió en el pequeño laboratorio que aquel genial científico, llamado Chester Floyd Carlson tenía encima de un ruidoso bar. Se había visto obligado a buscar aquel apartado lugar para realizar sus experimentos, después de que su mujer le persuadiera de que el hogar familiar no era un buen lugar para hacer explotar productos químicos peligrosos, cosa que al parecer sucedía demasiado a menudo.

Sí, era un simple pedazo de papel con unos caracteres borrosos impresos, pero aquel sencillo experimento cambió el mundo. Por desgracia para Carlson, nadie le hizo el más mínimo caso. Hubo de pasar muchos años recorriendo, de puerta en puerta, diversas empresas de impresión, fotografía y similares, recibiendo negativas por todas partes, hasta dar con alguien que fuera receptivo a sus ideas. Decenas de compañías dejaron pasar la oportunidad de dar vida a la industria de las fotocopiadoras.

Carlson estaba obsesionado con crear una fotocopiadora sencilla y barata, mucho más que las máquinas de copia de su tiempo, que eran básicamente sistemas fotográficos de gran tamaño, caros y muy complejos. Aquella obsesión le venía al inventor desde que en su niñez soñara con poder reproducir libros y revistas que veía en las bibliotecas y librerías, material al que apenas podía acceder dado lo humilde de su familia, que rayaba la más absoluta pobreza. Sin apenas recursos, trabajando en imprentas y en otros oficios, logró su graduado en física incluso a costa de endeudarse en los terribles primeros años de la Gran Depresión. Su deseo por conseguir una fotocopiadora se reafirmó mientras trabajaba como oficial de patentes, cuando realizaba penosas copias con papel calcante de los documentos y, sobre todo, cuando decidió estudiar otra carrera: derecho. Como apenas tenía dinero, se veía obligado a copiar a mano los voluminosos y caros libros de leyes, mientras pensaba una y otra vez con un método barato para crear copias de textos impresos.

Las ideas de Carlson, que pronto convirtió en patentes, iban camino de perderse en la bruma del tiempo, como tantas otras, hasta que que en 1944 logró atraer la atención de los laboratorios Battelle, que se aliaron al poco con una empresa que fabricaba papel fotográfico llamada Haloid. No tardaron mucho en cambiar el nombre de la empresa por otro que a todos nos suena: Xerox Corporation. Su primera fotocopiadora comercial data de 1949, pero todavía tardaron otra década en lograr que la xerografía fuera realmente competitiva y limpia. Desde finales de los cincuenta nadie más pudo parar la revolución, y el mundo se llenó de fotocopiadoras.

¿Qué inspiró al genio de Carlson para crear la xerografía? La luz, así de sencillo. Tras revisar cientos de patentes sobre métodos de reproducción en papel de imágenes y textos, al químico que pasaba sus días experimentando sobre aquel bar de Astoria se le iluminó el cerebro pensando en cómo podía transferir imágenes de un papel a otro utilizando la luz y la electricidad.

El método de copiado en seco de Carlson, que es el empleado por las fotocopiadoras desde entonces, aunque de forma mucho más refinada y sofisticada, es realmente sencillo. El inventor utilizó la capacidad de ciertos materiales para reaccionar electrostáticamente de forma diferencial ante la exposición a la luz, de tal forma que al proyectar una imagen que se desea reproducir, sobre esos materiales, y utilizando polvo con carga eléctrica contraria a la de las áreas expuestas a la luz en el papel, se plasmaba una copia de la imagen que, posteriormente, se fijaba por medio de calor. El resultado de aquel primer experimento de xerografía puede parecer un vulgar papel sin importancia, pero aquel gesto de un científico lleno de pasión dio vida a una industria millonaria.

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La primera fotocopia de la historia apareció originalmente en Tecnología Obsoleta, 3 julio 2015.

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