A 50-year-old image is creating a massive buzz on the internet after assertions that it shows an unidentified flying object. Shared by many media organisations and posted extensively on Twitter, the image displays a saucer-like object over Costa Rica.
According to users, this is the best photograph of a UFO ever clicked. It was taken by aerial photographer Sergio Loaiza in September, 1971, as he flew over Costa Rica on a mission to survey land for the construction of a hydroelectric project, as per a report in Daily Star.
The mega project was planned near the Arenal Volcano in South American.
The photographer clicked several high resolution photos from an altitude of 10,000 feet of the lake below and surrounding rainforest at 20-second intervals plying his automated 100lb camera.
In one of the pictures, a metallic disc can be seen hovering between Loaiza's Aero Commander F680 aircraft and the ground. The photo was not very clear at first, however the claims about UFO started going around only when it was enhanced later
That photo belonged to the National Geographic Costa Rica, which had ordered the survey to be carried out, to study the potential impact of the hydroelectric project on surrounding land and water.
The picture has now been shared by Esteban Carranza, a native of Costa Rica (Twitter handle @UAP_CR). Mr Carranza has the "contact" copy of the original negative present in the National Archives of Costa Rica. He acquired it from his uncle who obtained the copy from the National Geographic Institute.
"I made this high res scan last year, met with people on the National Geographic Institute and tracked the technician in charge of the camera back in 1971. But there's no reason for the image to sit on my desktop. Disclosure is a team effort and everyone should have this image," Carranza said.
I made this high res scan last year, met with people on the National Geographic Institute and tracked the technician in charge of the camera back in 1971.— UAP Costa Rica (@UAP_CR) May 6, 2022
But there’s no reason for the image to sit on my desktop. Disclosure is a team effort and everyone should have this image. https://t.co/pXUPOPVP4t
I wonder if @elonmusk has seen the Lake Cote UFO picture? You want a clear picture? You got it 🙂— UAP Costa Rica (@UAP_CR) April 2, 2021
Btw, official picture by the Geographic Department of Costa Rica, original negative resides in the National Archive. Some consider it the Best UFO picture ever.
Hint: Cometa Report pic.twitter.com/1wqjwKTLLB
UAP Media, who shared the image, said that the image has never been successfully debunked to this day.
“Over the years the image has been analysed by various experts such as Costa Rican UFO researcher Ricardo Vílchez, Dr Richard Haines and Dr Jacques Vallée. They all concluded that the object in the photograph appeared real and was NOT the result of double exposure or a deliberate fabrication,” UAP Media said on its official website.
The unknown object in the picture is considered to be between 120-220 feet in diametre.