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The Caratinga “Vortex UFO”


“This June 23, 2008, around 5PM, a strange “UFO” appeared in the skies of Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Many people saw it and some were able to capture it in photos.”


Not only that, it was also captured in a cell phone movie. And, of course, put on Youtube!

It looks like a classic example of what we call a “Vortex UFO”, the most spectacular one being the Viborg “Jellyfish”.

[Photos by Carlos Albert, shared by Joanes]

UPDATE: I posted higher-quality versions of the two photos above, along with a witness description of the event, over at the Portuguese website. Another pal kindly sent me the original image files and other videos, but what I present here is truly the best of what was captured.

There was an expo going in the city near where the “Vortex UFO” must have come, and the only questions remaining is exactly where did it come from and how.

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  1. Joanes July 17th, 2008 6:32 pm

    Opa Show de Bola!!!!!

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  3. Gary July 21st, 2008 9:05 am

    This is a smoke ring from a small explosion. I witnessed the identical effect watching a movie about a plane crash being filmed in Vancouver, B.C.

  4. Nisse July 21st, 2008 4:46 pm

    I thought small explosion as soon as i saw it. I remember seeing that effect one time when i witnessed an explosion from afar. But it looks really regular in the stills so i don’t know.

  5. Andy July 21st, 2008 5:12 pm
  6. Ben July 21st, 2008 5:21 pm

    In 1997 we had a similar incident here in El Paso Texas, but the smoke ring was caused by a exploding bolide that shook much of our city.

  7. todd July 22nd, 2008 1:46 am

    Here’s another one from Daytona Beach.


  8. muddyshoes July 22nd, 2008 2:26 am

    I noticed objects shooting out from the ring in the video? First to the right and then to the left. Debris from the explosion?

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