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Brazil has a reputation as a UFO hotspot, boasting some of the most peculiar and mystifying encounters with unidentified flying objects worldwide. Local legends even link these sightings to the discovery of gold, enticing brave souls to venture into the perilous jungles. The country’s history with UFOs spans centuries, with some incidents remaining enigmatic to this day.

One such remarkable account is the Jose Higgins Incident of July 23rd, 1947. Jose Higgins, a Brazilian topographer, was conducting a survey with colleagues in Colonia Goio-Bang when a high-pitched sound above drew their attention. To their astonishment, a large disc-shaped object, about 30 meters in diameter, hovered and then landed nearby. The object had a grayish-white hue and settled on curved metallic feet.

Higgins’ colleagues fled in terror, but curiosity overcame his fear. As the craft powered down, he cautiously approached and glimpsed what seemed like a window, revealing two humanoid figures within. Shortly after, a door on the craft opened, and two approximately seven-foot-tall beings emerged. They wore transparent overalls, covering their entire bodies, including their heads. These ‘space suits’ appeared to be inflated with air, and they carried metal backpacks. Beneath, their attire resembled vividly colored human clothing. Their bodies were lean, with notably long legs, and they sported large heads with prominent eyes but no visible hair.

Communication with the beings occurred in an unfamiliar, melodic language, akin to a song. Despite their towering stature, they moved with remarkable agility, forming a triangular arrangement with Higgins at the center. One of the creatures, now holding a metal tube pointed at Higgins, gestured toward the UFO’s interior. Higgins, without entering, inquired about their destination through gestures. The lead alien etched a circle surrounded by seven others into the dirt, indicating the seventh, and then motioned toward the UFO. The implication was clear: they intended to take Higgins with them.


Higgins, reluctant to become Earth’s envoy to an unknown alien realm, attempted to negotiate. He showed them a photo of his wife from his wallet, signaling his desire to find her first. The aliens seemed to acquiesce, shifting their attention to the surroundings. According to Higgins, they effortlessly tossed large stones, akin to playful children. The entire encounter spanned half an hour, concluding with the aliens reboarding their ship and departing northward into the clouds.

Higgins’ account is extraordinary, its veracity challenging to establish due to the age of the sources, now 80 years old. The identities of Higgins’ colleagues and any corroboration of his story remain unknown. Nonetheless, Higgins shared his tale with national newspapers, raising questions about why he would jeopardize his professional reputation for a hoax. On the Infographics UFO Credibility Scale, this account receives 3 Roswells out of 10 due to a dearth of supporting evidence.

While Higgins lacked concrete evidence, a subsequent case provided compelling photographic proof of the UFO phenomenon. On May 7th, 1952, reporter Joao Martins and photographer Ed Keffel witnessed and captured an object in Barra da Tijuca. Initially mistaken for an airplane, the object’s unusual flight path led to a series of photographs. Despite widespread attention, the men deliberately declined financial compensation to avert hoax suspicions. The Brazilian Air Force scrutinized the images, with some skeptics questioning their authenticity. However, an on-site investigation, mirroring the conditions, confirmed the photos’ legitimacy. This case earns seven Roswells out of 10 for authenticity.

A noteworthy incident involving a UFO attack occurred at Fort Itaipu in 1957. Sentry personnel witnessed an orange disc hurtling towards them from the sea. The object halted above them, emitting intense heat that inflicted severe burns. The event caused electrical system failure and left soldiers with significant injuries. Similar incidents were reported in the United States, indicating a broader phenomenon.

In Orogrande, New Mexico, a UFO caused severe sunburn to a witness, while in Merom, Indiana, another object caused extensive burns to a farmer. These incidents underscored the potential hazards associated with UFO encounters, prompting official investigations.

On November 10th, in Madison, Ohio, a woman spotted a UFO shaped like an acorn behind her garage at 1:30 am. She observed it silently hovering for thirty minutes. In the ensuing week, she developed a body rash and vision issues, leading her doctor to suspect radiation poisoning. The Fort Itaipu incident, an alleged UFO attack, was probed by the Brazilian military, but the results were never disclosed. Comparatively, modern technology has produced microwave crowd dispersal weapons that induce intense skin heating, prompting evacuation, though without causing the actual burns reported.


The Elias Seixas UFO case, occurring on September 21st, 1980, gained notoriety in Brazil. Elias, along with his cousin and friend, experienced unusual electrical disturbances while driving. Drowsiness followed, and Elias felt pressure on his neck as the truck’s lights flickered. Elias exited the truck, hearing a voice in his head. He lost memory thereafter, while his cousin and friend recall Elias being struck by a blue light. Investigating what they mistook for a forest fire, they found a strange object. They resumed driving, but stopped to retrieve a blown-off hat, succumbing to drowsiness once more. Upon regressive hypnosis, Elias recollected being taken inside a ship, encountering alien beings, and visiting a base on Mars.

Elias’ account, though unconventional, is supported by compelling medical evidence. Afterward, he faced difficulties recognizing his daughter and experienced impotence for months. Notably, medical examinations revealed skull calcification and a chest mark indicative of surgery. This case warrants five Roswells of credibility due to a lack of corroborative information from Brazilian UFO investigators.

May 19th, 1986 marked the “night of the UFOs” in Brazil. Radar records and thousands of witnesses across four states substantiated the event. Notably, military pilots were dispatched to intercept the unidentified crafts. At Sao Jose dos Campos Airport, three bright lights were observed, leading to heightened alerts at air force bases. Fighter jets were deployed, but the UFOs demonstrated evasive maneuvers, displaying rapid color changes and varying speeds.

Multiple pilots made visual and radar contact with the UFOs, encountering extraordinary maneuvers and sudden disappearances. The Minister of the Air Force confirmed the incident, acknowledging a lack of explanations. The official military report, declassified in 2009, detailed the objects’ capabilities, including varying velocities, altitudes, and emitted light. This event stands as one of the most credible UFO encounters globally, earning a perfect 10 out of 10 Roswells for credibility.

These incidents offer intriguing insights into the complexities of UFO encounters, showcasing a range of experiences from potential radiation exposure and medical anomalies to high-profile military responses. While some cases remain enigmatic, others provide substantial evidence, leaving us with a mix of mysteries and compelling narratives.

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