A luminous object was spotted soaring through the night sky Monday.
Iquique - Residents of the Tarapacá Region of Chile reported seeing a luminous object fly through the sky on Monday, June 9. A cargo plane traveling to Calama via the Tarapacá region also reported the sighting. The Chilean Air Force ruled that the object in question was not one of their planes.
"The event which occurred Monday, June 9 did not correspond to air traffic belonging to the First Air Brigade situated in the Los Cóndores Air Base," stated a representative of the Air Force in an email, according to Chilean newspaper La Segunda
Ricardo Bermudez, director of the Center for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (CEFAA)
, the organization in charge of the investigation of the sighting, confirmed that the object in question "behaved like an astronomical phenomenon."
Bermudez also stated that CEFAA has not ruled out the possibility that the sighting was a meteorite.
Because of the limited scope of radar in the area, specialists say that it is possible that the phenomenon was not detected reliably by their devices. The only reliable observation of the sighting may have been recorded by the cargo plane traveling to Calama.
The Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC)
stated, "There was no trace of any such sighting on the northern networks of our radar. In addition, no control towers or centers in the country reported an occurrence like this, except for the information from one commercial airline that reported seeing a luminous object in space."
"The secondary radars cover an area of about 400 km. As a result, we're assuming that if a phenomenon did occur, it occurred outside the zone our radar covers," added the DGAC.
With regards to the luminous sighting, the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force said, "If there are records that allow for an investigation, the information will be submitted for scientific analysis."
If more information is needed, an external committee will analyze the situation. In this case, the CEFAA would send the information they have gathered to other Aerial Phenomena Centers around the world.