Date: May 12, 1976
Location: Passo Fondo, Brazil
Mr. Joshua da Silva and Mr. Gesareo Goncalves were driving in Goncalves' car. At ten A.M. when they were less than fifty kilometers from Passo Fondo, da Silva spotted a silver metallic spherical object resembling the planet Saturn, replete with ring. They estimated the object which had a "brushed metal" surface to be six to eight meters (twenty to twenty six feet) in diameter.
Type of Case/Report: StandardCase
Hynek Classification: DD
# of Witnesses: Multiple
Special Features/Characteristics: Photo
Source: APRO Bulletin, Nov. 1978
"TWO PHOTOS FROM BRAZIL" (excerpt)
APRO Bulletin, Nov. 1978
On the 12th of May, 1976 Mr. Joshua da Silva and Mr. Gesareo Goncalves were driving in Goncalves' car from Iteri to Passo Fondo, Brazil. At ten A.M. when they were less than fifty kilometers (thirty-one miles) from Passo Fondo, near the Jacui River, da Silva spotted a silver metallic spherical object resembling the planet Saturn, replete with ring.
Gesareo drove slowly toward it until they were abreast and it was approximately twenty meters (one hundred and thirty feet) distant. They estimated the object which had a "brushed metal" surface to be six to eight meters (twenty to twenty six feet) in diameter.
When abreast of the object, Goncalves stopped the car while da Silva turned and fumbled in a bag in the back seat for his Kodak Rio Camera which was loaded with color film.
When the car stopped, the object began to descend. Da Silva snapped one photo, rolled the film and snapped another, whereupon the object began moving into the Northeast, increasing its speed as it went, until it was out of sight. It was gone in just seconds.
Technicians at El Globo, one of Rio's newspapers, examined the negative and said they could find no evidence of a hoax.
It is interesting to note how closely the Janusas and da Silva photos resemble the Trindade photos of 1957.
Case ID: 409
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