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Another Illustration of Why Anomalist Research Needs to be Submitted to Peer Review

Remember the demon fairy fiasco? If not, read that link first.

Although “peer review” in this case (below) isn’t about submission to an academic journal, the principle is the same. Anomalous objects, experiences, events, etc. should be submitted for review by experts capable of objective evaluation before claims about what said object, experience, event is or means. In this case, it’s the “Chilean UFO Mystery.” This one had serious UFO researchers ready to tout it as proof of a non-human craft (and lots of other less-serious enthusiasts, too).

From the Coast to Coast AM website:

In a disappointing but not altogether surprising turn of events, an independent investigation into the recently released Chilean UFO footage which created headlines last week suggests that the unknown object was likely just an airplane. The video and accompanying story generated considerable excitement because it emanated from an official Chilean government UFO investigation group who said that it could not determine what the anomaly was after a two year investigation. However, a subsequent study of the footage and the circumstances by which it was filmed seemingly deciphered the identity of the ‘UFO’ rather easily.

Note especially the “rather easily” line at the end. Same as the demon fairy nonsense. If it hasn’t occurred to you yet, I’ll say it: This puts the Chilean authorities and whoever else is doing their investigative work under question as to competence. Folks, words like “air force” and “pilot” don’t necessarily mean that what they say is correct. In this case, their opinion was “easily” overturned. Note to UFO researchers: remember that.

The lesson is that, while you might want to believe something, the thing you want to believe needs to be established as real under rigorous scrutiny by highly competent people outside your own circles in the relevant areas of research. “Discoverers” or “research promoters” ought to be willing to put things to the test before suggesting to a wide audience that the thing in question is what they want it to be (and charging people for that speculation).

This is what I meant, and will mean, by ethics in these areas. I’m grateful for people who find things. It’s often hard work. But I’m even more appreciative of them when they willingly submit their research to outside review. That’s doing the right thing.

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Chilean Navy ‘UFO’ Video Explained?

Chilean Navy 'UFO' Video Explained
Credit: CEFAA / ufosontherecord’s channel

     This “UFO” observed on infrared video by the Chilean Navy leaving contrails is probably a plane leaving aerodynamic contrails; probably the LA330, which was in the right place, time heading and altitude (20,00ft).
metabunk.org
1-6-17

Based on analysis by @Trailblazer, @Trailspotter, myself, and others, The plane that seems to fit best is LA330, a two engined A320, which was reported to be climbing through 20,000 feet at that exact visual position at 14:01:39. It was actually 65 miles away, not 35-50. This explain why it was not seen on radar (the actual plane was on radar, just not where they thought it was).

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Official Press Release Re Chilean Navy UFO Incident | FULL VIDEO

Groundbreaking UFO Video Released from Chilean Navy (2) 11-11-14
(Credit: CEFAA / ufosontherecord’s channel)

     The day November 11, 2014, a helicopter of the Chilean Navy (Airbus Cougar AS-532) equipped with a high definition camera infrared FLIR, was patrolling in the area between the port of San Antonio and Quinteros coastal sector the 16.48 UTC, when the camera
By CEFAA
1-6-17

operator official detected an unknown object, flying at a constant speed apparently similar to the helicopter, and moved forward.

The sighting was confirmed visually by the two officers who made up the crew (pilot and camera operator) and lasted more than 10 minutes.

The officers interrogated the air traffic control radar which failed to detect the object.

Nor unknown response received when trying questioning in these cases often willing to transit.

The radar control system FAA failed to capture the object but confirmed in turn, the absence of authorized traffic in the vicinity of the helicopter.

On two occasions, the object seems to cast a trail of something has not been able to pinpoint.

Some analysts have suggested the hypothesis concerned an airliner and medium sized contrails element that follows, it can be reserve water inside the unit, thrown by the crew. However, meteorology states that neither the altitude at which the object or room temperature then moved, allow such type of vapor trail.

The object disappeared disappearing into the clouds.

The Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena, composed of leading scientists, analysts and aviation technicians after an extensive study of the case, agreed cataloged as UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon)

The CEFAA thank once again the cooperation of all branches of the armed forces and police for their continued cooperation through their respective representatives to the Committee.

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Groundbreaking UFO Video Released from Chilean Navy

Groundbreaking UFO Video Released from Chilean Navy 11-11-14
The video depicts two connected white circular lights or hot spots, giving off much heat (Credit: CEFAA / ufosontherecord’s channel)

     An exceptional nine-minute Navy video of a UFO displaying highly unusual behavior, studied by Chilean authorities for the last two years, is now being released to the public. The CEFAA – the Chilean government agency which investigates UFOs, or UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena), has been in charge of the investigation. Located within the DGAC, the equivalent of our FAA but under the jurisdiction of the Chilean Air Force, CEFAA has committees of military experts, technicians and academics from many disciplines. None of them have been able to explain the strange flying object captured by two experienced Navy officers from a helicopter.

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Leslie Kean

By Leslie Kean
The Huffington Post
1-5-17

The technician filmed the object for nine minutes and twelve seconds, mainly in IR. This sensor produces a black and white video in which the black, white and grey tones are directly related to temperature. IR detects heat, and the hotter the material being filmed, the darker it appears on the image. The officers stopped the camera when they had to return to the base and the object disappeared behind the clouds.

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Hostile Contact With Non-Human Entities – Unseen Foes

Hostile Contact With Non-Human Entities – Unseen Foes
“Glowing orbs would land on the foothills and the summits, bizarre entities had been seen wandering the dust-choked roads, and there appeared to be seasonality to these events, with the months of April and July being the ones in which sightings and landings were more frequent.”

     To call them ufonauts would evoke unwanted associations with the long-haired, blonde entities of the Adamskian tradition or the Greys that peppered UFO research in the 1990s. In some cases there is no structured craft suggesting an interplanetary origin or even a actinic light that conjures up a paranormal provenance. “Things” appear to unchain a series of events in unsuspecting communities having absolutely no interest in matters involving ufology or even the human space age, now receding into the past as civilization chooses to journey inward.

Time and distance separate us from some of these events in such a

Scott Corrales

By Scott Corrales
Inexplicata
10-15-16

way that it is quite understandable how contemporary researchers would feel more comfortable dismissing them as rumor, journalistic exaggeration or outright hoax. Publishing pictures of lights in the sky is far more satisfying, of course.

Nevertheless, I feel these cases deserve their day in court, despite the inability to put the events — or their witnesses — on the stand.

A very important book was lost among the raging storms of UFO controversy in the abductions-or-nothing mid-90s. A distinguished author, Chile’s Jorge Anfruns, had published Extraterrestres en Chile, a compelling summary of his country’s extensive UFO and high strangeness history, told in an engaging first person style. Anfruns did not shy away from the requisite abduction experiences, which were truly mind-bending, but other cases were just as intriguing. In particular, a 1987 visit by the Chilean author to neighboring Bolivia, high up in the Andean Plateau, where he met up with fellow investigator Pedro Araneda, who brought him up to speed on a series of strange events that took place along the border between their respective nations.

As it so happened, a luminous object descended out of the dark, starry Andean night while members of the Aymara native community slept. Their uneventful hours of rest were broken by the intensity of the unknown light, and by the more disturbing sight of strange people wandering the streets of their village. Not given to confrontation, the locals decided to bar their doors and wait for daylight before taking action.

The morning sun would bring with it the alarming news that the ‘strangers’ had tried to abduct a teenage shepherdess. Her would-be captors were described as tall, robust individuals with long blond hair clad in glowing outfits. The shock was such that the girl died of a heart attack.

Araneda continued with his story. While peaceful, the locals decided that defense against these intruders was of the essence. On successive nights, the unknown characters tried breaking into homes, battering the doors. The locals – who earned their living from mining – had dynamite available and weren’t afraid to use it. Throwing sticks of explosive (“tiros de dinamita”, in the original) convinced the attackers that the village was able and willing to defend itself from these attacks, causing them to withdraw.

The situation went on for more than a week until the Bolivian press and radio began spreading the word about the strange situation. An Aymara delegation went to La Paz, the nation’s capital, to press their case, requesting government involvement in the matter.

It emerged – writes Anfruns in his book – that the Andean natives had long been aware of these lights and entities. Glowing orbs would land on the foothills and the summits, bizarre entities had been seen wandering the dust-choked roads, and there appeared to be seasonality to these events, with the months of April and July being the ones in which sightings and landings were more frequent.

The beings didn’t always share the same morphology. When prompted for a description, Araneda told Anfruns: “[These beings] are completely different from them [the natives], being thin, small, large-headed, helmeted, with large, shiny, black eyes like plums. People know there’s stuff going up there, but Aymaras aren’t given to talking about them.” (Extraterrestres en Chile, p. 81).

Whether the government listened to the native villagers’ plea for assistance isn’t reported. Bolivia has had an extensive history of UFO experiences and the higher echelons of their military probably had a good idea of what it was up against.

Communities elsewhere have been besieged by UFOs, much like the Brazilian community of Colhares, a case described in detail in Jacques Vallée’s Confrontations and in even more detail in Vampiros Extraterrestres Na Amazonia by Daniel Rebisso Giese, books recommended to the interested reader. I will briefly summarize it here: Colhares, near the city of Belem, across from the isle of Marajó, which forms part of the Amazon Delta, found its placid tropical existence shattered by manifestations of still-unexplained, boxlike machines knows as “chupas” firing beams of white light against townspeople. Aside from the corresponding burn, victims of these roving devices would experience lassitude and blackouts. People were afraid to go outdoors after sundown, taking to firing weapons into the air in the vain hope of chasing the intruders away, while the unknown’s mantle of fear enshrouded the community. Unlike the Bolivian situation, the Brazilian military responded in force with Operação Prato (Project Saucer)

Anfruns moves on to an even more disturbing story which can understandably be dismissed as anecdotal, as no names or dates are given due to the highly sensitive nature of the event. It took place “at some point along the Chilean, Bolivian or perhaps Peruvian borders, which I have no intention to recall,” he writes.

A detachment of police officers on horseback – the only way to get around in the mountainous terrain – was proceeding down the gorge known as Quebrada de las Bandurrias (two different ones appear on the map, the northernmost at 28°08′52″S 70°59′52″W, but nowhere near the border. Possibly a third gorge of the same name?). The five riders, as tired and thirsty as their mounts, suddenly became aware of something ‘resembling a silvery house’ farther down the canyon. The lieutenant in charge of the small detachment realized that they must have come across the lair of a notorious band of fur smugglers – dealing in valuable vicuña skins – that operated in the area. He ordered his men to fan out as quietly as possible. One of the policemen dismounted, picked up a rock, and threw it against the silvery structure, causing its occupants to emerge and take up defensive positions. At this point, the lieutenant ordered his men to open fire.

“This,” the author goes on to say, “was the start of the most uneven fight of the century.”

The bullets streaming from the policemens firearms were met with bright beams of cohered light, able to “pierce their targets and split them open like cauliflowers” (p. 105). The patrol’s horses made the easiest targets. One of the long-suffering mounts burst from the inside out. A member of the patrol was felled by another such beam, leaving a devastating wound on his chest. Retreat being the only alternative, the lieutenant and the survivors made their way back to headquarters, reaching it two days later and delivering a full report on the situation. A larger, heavily equipped response force subsequently arrived at the Andean gorge, finding no trace of the silvery “shack”, but ascertaining that traces of horse blood were indeed on the sand. The bodies of the fallen police officers were also gone.

Can we believe such a story? Was a simple but tragic encounter between law enforcement and fur smugglers grotesquely embellished with elements worthy of an old pulp magazine? There’s no way of telling.

There can be no question, however, that law enforcement comes across bizarre situations, even closer to home than they would like. In August 1995, police officer José Collazo became the unwilling protagonist in a highly-dramatic scene involving the enigmatic creature popularly known as the Chupacabras. Collazo spoke at length with Spanish journalist Magdalena del Amo regarding his harrowing experience.

According to Collazo, he and his wife were getting ready for bed at around 11:00 p.m. one night when they suddenly heard the alarm on their car go off. Suspecting a thief, Collazo picked up his service revolver and went out to his carport, where he was confronted by a surrealistic scene: his pet Chow dog was engaged in a losing battle with what he first took to be another dog sinking its fangs into the Chow’s back. According to Collazo, he soon realized that the intruder was not a dog — in fact, not even a creature of this world.

The officer felt himself engulfed in fear for his own life. He aimed his .357 Magnum against the unknown creature and fired a sure shot at it. The creature “rolled up into a ball,” Collazo explained, and bounced off one of the carport walls before disappearing out the back into the warm night air.

During the course of an interview with Spanish journalist Magdalena del Amo, the policeman observed that concern for his car kept him from firing further shots at the intruder. Nonetheless, the creature left patches of thick fur on the carport floor and traces of blood on the wall. It also left a noxious odor which persisted for well over a week, resisting all efforts to eliminate through the use of assorted detergents.

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Earth-Like Planets in a Neighboring Star System?

Earth-Like Planets in a Neighboring Star System?
Composite image showing a diagram of Proxima Centauri, the Milky Way and ESO’s 3.6-meter telescope at La Silla Observatory in Chile.

By Elizabeth Howell
news.discovery.com
1-20-16

      Are there Earth-like planets in a neighboring star system? A new campaign called “Pale Red Dot” aims to show the public in real-time how to push astronomy to its limits to possibly find out.

The project will try to find a relatively tiny world around a star. Proxima Centauri is just four light-years away — a “pale red dot” dwarf star — and will be scrutinized in detail for three months, using a well-known planet-searching instrument in Chile.

You can follow along as HARPS, which is a part of the 3.6-meter telescope at La Silla Observatory, stares at the star until April. There’s a blog as well as a Twitter hashtag (#PaleRedDot). The astronomers bill it as a way to show how science is done, but caution they must make sure not to release any data too early.

“Obviously a major risk for the science is that we do not want to release results from our observations before they have been thoroughly checked and peer reviewed,” said Guillem Anglada, the project coordinator of Pale Red Dot, in an e-mail to Discovery News.

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UFOs Over Santiago, Chile, Put On An Amazing Show | VIDEO – CHILE

UFOs Over Santiago, Chile, Put On An Amazing Show - Dec 2015

ETs Looking For A Place To Park?

Lee Speigel By Lee Speigel
The Huffington Post
1-7-16

     

Some highly unusual groups of aerial lights appeared over Santiago, Chile, in December, and while the exact date of the incident isn’t known, a video caught the objects moving around in very interesting patterns.

After looking at the two-part video, it’s easy to wonder why only one person captured the event and from only one vantage point.

According to the Daily Mail, an unidentified woman videotaped the lights from her window while she and others are heard excitedly talking about what they’re seeing in the sky.

The first two minutes show four long strips of hovering multiple lights (seen above). Then, one by one, the strips move slowly away from each other. As they do this, you can see smaller, flashing lights on each of them — they look almost like aircraft on a landing trajectory to an airport.

Here’s the complete video:

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‘UFO’ Hovering in Night Sky Panics Locals | CHILE

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'UFO' Hovering in Night Sky Panics Locals | CHILE

By Sara Malm
www.dailymail.co.uk
11-13-15

      Citizens in a Chilean city were shocked to find a strange circle of light floating across the night sky, and took to social media to try to find the answer to the mystery ‘UFO’.

The sky above the city of Iquique in Northern Chile’s Tarapaca Region was suddenly adorned with a blue light circle earlier this week.

A number of videos and images appeared on Twitter and Instagram and other social media channels, with inhabitants asking for an explanation. […]

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UFO Recorded During Soccer Match | VIDEO – CHILE

UFO Recorded During Soccer Match 6-12-15

By Inexplicata
6-15-15

      A luminous object startled fans of “La Roja” who were enjoying the game at the National Stadium.

It was crossed the skies ove Nuñoa for nearly 3 minutes. It was gone in the same way it appeared. The alleged UFO during the opening ceremonies of the Copa America at the National Stadium was swift and fleeting.

The fireworks launched at the sports arena drew the attention of one supporter, who took out his cell phone quickly to capture the moment. However, he never thought he’d find a luminous object moving strangely, from side to side – a movement far from what one would expect of an aircraft.

Could it be a UFO? The images are eloquent. The conclusions are yours to draw. . . .

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