Nautical UFO, crew of icebreaker watch fiery oval for 12
seconds, object splits in two, falls into ocean.
IN EVIDENCE TO INDICATE IT WENT INTO THE OCEAN
March 16, 1961; Antarctica. A Brazilian meteorologist,
reemployed at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center near Washington, D. C.,
observed a strange phenomenon while aboard an ice-breaker in Admiralty Bay,
Antarctica, on a scientific expedition. He noted the observation in his diary
and later filled out a NICAP report form. Though in some respects the
phenomenon resembles a meteor, in other respects it does not. At any rate, it
is worth recording as an unexplained aerial phenomenon, possibly related to
Villela, who also has experience as a glider pilot and Moonwatch observer,
was on the deck of the U.S.S. Glacier
about 6:15 p.m. The temperature was about 33 degrees, dew point 28, wind
calm, sky overcast, visibility about 5 miles. Weak, yellowish sunset light
was visible to the NW. About 50 degrees above the horizon, he noticed a
strange, tear-shaped, "luminous body" crossing the sky from NW to
SE. It was "multi-colored, leaving long trail as tracer bullet; abruptly
divided in two (in tandem) as if 'exploding,' shone more brightly in
bluish-white and red, and threw lateral rays radiating backwards at an angle.
Appearance neither 'solid' nor purely 'light'; best described as 'corporified
light,' forms geometrical and not diffuse." The object was roughly
tear-shaped before and after splitting.
travelled on a level course, completely disappearing "very suddenly" after about 10
seconds. It moved "rather slowly" leaving a long trail.
believe it was much too slow for a meteor," Mr. Villela stated,
"also its appearance was 'out of this world.' I can think of nothing
on earth which would reproduce the phenomenon."
This reference: The
UFO Evidence, Vol. 1, Richard Hall, p. 53-54, © 1964
later there was another documented account of a UFO sighting over Antarctica
by Rubens Junqueira Villela, a meteorologist and the first Brazilian
scientist to participate in an expedition to the white continent, now a
veteran of eleven expeditions to Antarctica (two with the US Navy, eight with
the Brazilian Antarctic Programme, and another on the sailing ship Rapa Nui). Whilst on board the US Navy
icebreaker Glacier which had set
sail from New Zealand at the end of January 1961, Villela claims that he
witnessed a UFO event in
the skies over Antarctica which he immediately recorded in his diary,
even including the emotions felt by all those involved. During 16th March
1961 and after, a fierce storm had forced the expedition to retreat to
Admiralty Bay in the King George Isles.
strange light suddenly crossed the sky, and everyone started to shout.
a missile!’ said one excited Marine. ‘No, it’s a meteor,’ barked another
member of the crew. The excitement was wide-spread and growing. Trying to
describe the light which appeared over Almirantado Bay wasn’t easy … I wrote
in my diary: ‘Positively the colors, the configuration and contours of the
object, as a bodied [sic] light, with geometric forms, did not seem to be
from this world, and I did not know what could possibly reproduce it."
object was multi-colored and had a luminous body – oval-shaped. It left a
long tube-like orange/red trail. Suddenly, it split into two pieces, as if it
had exploded. Each part shone even more intensively, with white, blue and red
colors projecting ‘V’ shaped rays behind it. Quite quickly they moved away
and could be seen 200 meters above the ground … Throughout the sighting no
noise was heard by any of the witnesses."
US Navy officially registered the incident as "a meteor or some other
natural, luminous phenomenon" according to the report submitted by the Glacier’s captain, Captain Porter.
trained meteorologist, Villela easily dismissed the official line. "How
could they mistake a meteor with an object carrying antennae, completely
symmetrical and followed by a tail without any sight of atmospheric
renowned skeptic and self-styled debunker, Phillip Klaus, believes this
episode is a classic example of ‘plasma,’ however, the late meteorologist
James McDonald argued that the highly structured nature of the object and the
low cloud overcast present at about 1500 feet were not compatible with
Atlantic area was also host to another sighting on 16th January 1958 when the
Brazilian naval vessel Almirante
Salddanha was escorting a team of scientists to a weather station on
Trindade Island. As the ship approach[ed]
the island (or rather an outcrop of rock), a UFO reportedly swooped past the
ship, circled the island, then flew off in front of dozens of witnesses.
these witnesses, the expedition photographer, took a number of photographs of
the object, and later the film was handed over to the military by the captain.
After analysis, the Brazilian government released the film stating that they
were unable to account for the images.
was going on in the Antarctic region, it certainly wasn’t happening in
(25) Rubens Junqueira Villela, “UFOs in Antarctica,” translated
by Ricky Seraphico and republished in UFO
Magazine, November/December 1998. First published in Revista UFO Brasil, May 1998. Original title “Discos Voadores Na
Antarctica.” See also US Congress, House Committee on Science and
Astronautics, Symposium on Unidentified Flying Objects, Hearings. Ninetieth
Congress, Second Session, 29th July 1968, Washington, DC. US Government
Printing Office, 1968.
UFOCAT PRN – 34168
UFOCAT URN – 034168 The UFO Evidence, Vol. 1, Richard
Hall, p. 53, © 1964
UFOCAT URN – 077478 What We Really Know About Flying
Saucers by Otto Binder, p. 92, © 1967
UFOCAT URN – 125526 GEPA – Phénomènes
Spatiaux, June 1968
UFOCAT URN – 073269 Invisible Residents by Ivan T.
Sanderson, p. 3, © 1970
UFOCAT URN – 034167 James E. McDonald investigation
UFOCAT URN – 034169 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1427
by L. Schoenherr, no © date
UFOCAT URN – 191820 UNICAT computer database by Willy
Smith (727), #142, no © date
Antarctica – South Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
Admiralty Bay Latitude 62-10 S, Longitude 58-25
W (D-M) [Almirantado Bay]
King George Island Latitude
62-00 S, Longitude 58-15 W
Reference: South Atlantic Gazetteer, prepared in the
U.S. Office of Geography, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.,
King George Island information page: http://www.kgis.scar.org/Home.php
UFO Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 72.00 S, Longitude 170.00