Swedish researcher Beatriz Villarroel from Stockholm University, together with an international team of scientists, discovered mysterious objects in astronomical images stored since the 1950s that have never been explained.
It all started with a careful analysis of old astronomical photographs, in which Villarroel discovered something unusual: objects resembling artificial satellites, sparkling brightly in the sky and disappearing too quickly.
She argues that such objects should not have appeared in images until 1957, when the first space shuttle was launched.
Villarroel’s latest research, published in the scientific journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, reveals three mysterious objects photographed in 1952 by the Palomar Observatory. These objects suddenly appeared in photographs and disappeared after 50 minutes, leaving scientists completely bewildered.
The article discusses two versions that explain this phenomenon. According to the first version, these are three independent objects located in the inner part of the solar system or even in Earth orbit.
According to the second version, the brief flash of light was caused by the gravitational lens of a massive object between them and the Earth. But the cause of the flare and the nature of the resulting gravitational lens remain a mystery.
Equally surprising, the date of the shooting (July 19, 1952) is known to many in connection with the sighting of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in the skies over Washington, including the White House and the Capitol.
This case attracted the attention of the American press, even worrying US President Harry Truman and the CIA.
Another work by Villarroel describes nine light sources captured in photographs of the starry sky in April 1950. These objects appeared and disappeared within 30 minutes, adding even more mystery to what was happening.
“I think it’s very important to do this kind of [nearby] searching for extraterrestrial objects because the [astronomical] community mostly looks for things very, very far away. I think it’s time to do something new,” says Villarroel, who is now working to establish the ExoProbe project to look for anomalous objects among the vast number of human satellites currently in orbit.