Argentina: UFO Over Cabra Corra, Salta By Rafael Franco Sábado
SALTA - On Saturday at around 19:42 hours, Victor Cintioni, 61, a businessman from Salta, photographed a strange object in the sky with his small cellular phone while he fished from a catamaran at the Cabra Corral reservoir. The image shows a glowing disk surrounded by an intense red halo, which he classified as a UFO.
"The object appeared from the sector to the west of the water's surface, over the mountains of the Cachi region," said Cintioni.
His sighting coincided with a group of Spanish and Argentinean tourists publicly reporting that on that same day and nearly at the same time, a similar object had been reported on the outskirts of Cachi.
"On Saturday I was fishing aboard El Delfín, my friend Pablo's catamaran. The fish weren't biting and the sunset was spectacular, so I started to photograph the landscape. I asked the helmsman to take a shot with my cellphone while I arranged the fishing rods. Since Pablo isn't very knowledegable about this sort of technology, he took a few pictures and returned the cellphone for me. I immediately checked the photos he'd taken and the ones I'd taken to see how they'd come out. You can imagine my surprise when that strange image appeared, one that we had not noticed directly. In the end we agreed that it was a reflection, because only a tiny red dot could be seen on the phone's screen."
Cintioni told El Tribuno: "Imagine my surprise when I downloaded the photos to a computer and saw the image with greater clarity. The strange object became visible, with all the characteristics of a UFO. This is my first experience of the sort," he explained.
"I was going to leave it at that, but when I saw the story of the Spanish tourists in Cachi, describing the apparition nearly at the same time at which I took my photo, I told myself that it was too much of a coincidence. And setting aside my incredulity and skepticism, I made my discovery known."
He added: "This was not an easy decision to make, as I was afraid that people would think I was a nut or a teller of tall tales. I want to make it clear that there is neither trickery nor deceit here. This is how things happened. I'm an adult, serious person, and incapable of telling stories for the hell of it."
It should be noted that Cintoni's evidence consisted of photographs printed on paper and the original digital file taken by the cellphone, a normal device lacking high definition or high technology."
(Translation (c) 2010 S. Corrales,IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)
Ecuador: UFOs or Balloons?
INEXPLICATA Contributing EditorGuillermo Gimenezis kicking off 2010 with his first UFO report, this time regarding the alleged presence of UFOs in Ecuador on January 02, 2010 at 13:00 hours. According to Ecuador's El Tiempo, the unexpected presence of luminous objects in the afternoon sky prompted people to take to the streets for a better look. Drivers pulled their vehicles over to see the unexplained aerial phenomena and engage fellow citizens in conversation.
One witness, Segundo Tapia, claimed having seen two lights flying from one direction to another in the blue sky, while another witness, Mariana Montenegro, described her own sighting as a "star with sharpened points". The newspaper adds that Millennialist comments were also made, citing Biblical passages, while others associated the sighting with the UFO phenomenon.
However, at 14:30, several balloons, possibly launched from the community of Azogues, honoring la Virgen de la Nube (Our Lady of the Cloud) were seen to lose altitude.
Every culture has its own customs for welcoming the new year, and a widespread Cuban custom consists of hurling a bucket of water out the door or window to wash away "negative influences" from the previous year. Was a UFO captured during one such activity?
Virgilio Sánchez-Ocejoof the Miami UFO Center has received word from Cuban ufologistHugo Parrado Francoof an object videotaped byYoani Sánchezas she endeavored "to record the last moon of 2009 and and the first sun of 2010, seen from my balcony, with a bucket of water included, so as to wash away all the evils that 2009 has brought us."
The round object, writes Sanchez-Ocejo, can be seen to the right of the Moon for a matter of seconds, as the camera zooms on the heavenly body.