Crop Circles are a subject that many researchers regard as a waste of time. It is true that these strange designs seen in agricultural fields, although very interesting to look at, are often man made. Many of those who create the geometric designs have come forward and admitted their involvement.
However, the interest in the creations has not waned, as often much money is spent on fly-overs and photographic equipment to get these circle events before the public on TV reports, newspapers, magazines, and of course, the Internet.
The attitude toward the field creations changes, however, when they are accompanied by reports of strange lights in the night sky, often the night before a new design appears, implying an extraterrestrial connection. Two recent reports in Brazil fall into this category.
Lights & Circles over Ipuacu, Brazil
On November 14, the first of these reports came from Sao Paulo, relating reports of unusual night lights near the city of Ipuacu on November 9.
An eyewitness to the lights remarked:
[blockquote shade=0]"They came on a Monday. Through my window, I saw them, I could not guess the size, but they were large. There was a type of neon red light. I saw two triangles with green, neon lights. The objects turned slowly. It was about 15 minutes before midnight."
"The objects appeared to be trying to land, but did not, and I believe that the marks left were because of their closeness to the ground. I called some neighbors, and they also saw the same thing. I even turned on my radio, but there was no news about this."
This compelling testimony was only one of many which put an extraterrestrial spin on the crop designs. The news of the strange events near Ipuacu caused a news sensation, not only locally, but country wide. It is estimated that at least 5,000 people have visited the site, wondering if their town was being visited by beings from another world.
The president of the Brazilian Center of Research of Flying Saucers and publisher of the magazine "UFO," Ademar Jose Gevaerd, visited Ipuacu to observe the circles. Gevaerd collected samples, interviewed witnesses, and is convinced the circles have an extraterrestrial origin.
Another Circle Found
Another crop circle soon appeared west of Santa Catarina, in Ipuacu. On Saturday, November 15, workers who left the fields at 10:00 PM, saw nothing out of the ordinary. However, when they returned the next morning at 9:00 AM, they were shocked to see the latest crop design.
As word of the new circle spread, many sightseers soon descended on the fields, many of them taking photographs of the 18 foot diameter creation. Opinions varied as to the origin of the latest circle, some believing in an extraterrestrial origin, and others believing it to be a hoax.
One of the first persons to see the circle, public officer Jorge Dal Zot was shaken by what he saw. He believed the design to be a message from an extraterrestrial contact.
A more "earthly" explanation was offered by astronomer Adolfoi Stonz Grandson, of the Group of Studies of the Planetarium of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, who feels sure that the creation was initiated by pranksters, who will either come forward, or be turned in by friends.
A possible third occurrence of a crop design in Xanxere was soon found to be a hoax, when ropes were found not far from the circle. The design in Xanxere was not near as complex as the other two designs. The question now arises: Were all three designs created by pranksters, or was the Xanxere circle an attempt at copying the first one found in Ipuacu?