Bizarre Cloud Observed Over
UFOs Over Arica, Chile
Pique Scientific Curiosity
By Félix Núñez
Diario 'La Estrella de Arica' (newspaper)

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.
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 are located.
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.
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 that area.
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 Quiborax company.
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.
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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