25th Anniversary: Largest Mass UFO Sighting
Ever Recorded - Mexico City, July 11, 1991
Mexico City. One of the largest populated cities in the world. At the time with nearly 18 million inhabitants. Most of which were outside on that
mostly-cloudy July day in anticipation of a very rare total solar eclipse. Many had fiestas, get-togethers, and other social gatherings to witness
this amazing event.
This particular solar eclipse was rare because the totality phase (where the moon completely covers the sun) was one of the longest-lasting in
history, clocking in at almost 7-minutes of totality due to the sun and moon being nearly perfectly center to each other. The alignment of this
particular totality phase makes it rare in that it happens only once every 800
(As a reference, the total solar eclipse coming up in 2017 for North America will only have a 2-minute, 43-second totality
While millions of people were outside watching this very rare, once-in-a-lifetime event, they also happened to notice a very bright object hovering in
the sky. As the skies grew darker, the object became more prominent. All around the city and surrounding suburbs, eyes and cameras were pointed
towards the sky. Recording not only the eclipse, but also the strange bright object appearing to hover high above over the city.
After all was said and done, over 100 videos of the object were examined from citizens scattered throughout the city, and the outlying suburbs. The
Mexico City UFO case was touched-upon several times on shows like "Unsolved Mysteries" and "Sightings: The UFO Report". But only one program dedicated
the whole hour+ to just this one incident. It was called "Messengers of Destiny" by Lee and Britt Elders:
On YouTube in 8-parts starting here: Part 1
The program examined numerous videos from witnesses, while also adding in the Mayan prophesy aspect of the time. It also includes several "experts"
who give their own opinions as well.
When watching the videos and looking at the stills from the videos, it's apparent that there was a disc-shaped, metallic-looking object hovering over
the city with the sun reflecting off of the top, and a shadow on the bottom. Indicating a 3-dimensional reflective object hovering in the sky:
Now, I'd like to pause right here for a moment to give a little background on myself. I've been a UFO researcher for most of my life. I read every UFO
book the school library had. I rented every UFO video that ever came through the video stores. I watched every UFO program that came on TV.
One case that has always stood out more than just about any other was this one. Not only for the fact that it was witnessed and recorded by so many
people. But the images and videos appeared to show an actual disc-shaped craft hovering in the sky while millions watched. So, for most of my life,
I've believed that there was an actual alien craft hovering over Mexico City showing its presence during a time when everyone would be looking up at
The internet back then wasn't even a fraction of what it is today. Information was much harder to come by. While doing the research for this thread,
I've discovered facts that refute the claim that a craft was hovering over the city.
There are actually very few websites online that deal with this UFO case. Most don't even go into very much detail at all. One website that
have quite a bit of detail is Astronomy UFO
by a Mr. Tim Printy. After examining the
videos, and using a program called "Starry Night Backyard" to view locations of stars and planets at the time of the eclipse, his conclusion was that
the UFO that appeared to hover of Mexico City was actually the planet Venus. Mr. Printy's findings are very detailed and accurate as far as I can
During the totality phase, a number of planets and bright stars were visible. The planets visible were Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. Anyone who
has dabbled in UFO research for any length of time will know that Venus has been the culprit of countless UFO sightings.
Because this eclipse was such an amazing event due to its rarity, I also found many videos on YouTube and elsewhere of other people who recorded the
eclipse from that day and put them online for all to see.
Popular radio talk show host Chris Duel (San Antonio, TX) along with Henry Iglesias recorded this
of the eclipse. At about 3:20
into the video, he captures the Mexico City UFO, but knows it's a star or planet:
The image from the video looks just like the ones from Mexico City: shiny reflections on top, shadow on the bottom.
What my research has turned up, though, is that the cameras of the time didn't have the greatest CCD's. They created "shadows" underneath a bright
object as an artifact of processing the image. That would be why the image appears
to be a 3-dimensional object reflecting light off the top
and shadowed on the bottom.
In fact, though, Venus was actually a partial crescent that day. Which is why the "UFO" appears to be round at the top, but flat on the bottom.
In this next video recorded in Baja, Mexico
, at 5:33
he actually shows and names Venus,
Jupiter, and Mercury. Here's a still from the video showing Venus:
There are more videos of the eclipse available online that either show the stars/planets during the eclipse, or have people calling the objects out by
name to others off-camera.
One final fact about this case to note is that the "UFO" was only visible for about 30-minutes. Since the totality phase of the eclipse was almost 7
minutes, that leaves only about 12-minutes before and 12 minutes after the eclipse that the "UFO" was visible. Which is another reason why it would
have been Venus. As the skies drew darker, Venus became brighter and more visible before the eclipse. Then the skies would get brighter after the
eclipse and Venus would fade away.
Finally, not one witness ever claimed that the object moved or sped away. It was completely still. It was just there, and then it wasn't.
Astronomers, trained and amateur, knew which bright lights were stars and planets. The casual observer with little to
no education in astronomy will see something as bright as Venus and think it was something else. Just as Venus has been blamed for everything else
other than what it really is, countless times throughout history.
With Venus being the third-brightest object in our sky next to the Sun and Moon, but not actually large-enough to know what it is for certain, and
with the lack of Astronomy education in schools, Venus will continue to be misidentified for years to come.
edit on 10-7-2016 by _BoneZ_ because: (no reason given)