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Remembering the Mysterious "Vela Incident" 36 Years Later

Thirty-six years ago this week, an American Vela Hotel satellite detected an atmospheric explosion over the southern Indian Ocean near the Prince Edward Islands. It was a strange event that remains controversial to this very day.

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Remembering the Mysterious "Vela Incident" 36 Years Later

Thirty-six years ago this week, an American Vela Hotel satellite detected an atmospheric explosion over the southern Indian Ocean near the Prince Edward Islands. It was a strange event that remains controversial to this very day.

The Vela Incident, also known as the South Atlantic Flash, was an unidentified "double flash" of light detected by an American Vela Hotel satellite on September 22, 1979, near the Prince Edward Islands off Antarctica, which many believe was of nuclear origin. The most widespread theory among those who believe the flash was of nuclear origin is that it resulted from a joint South African-Israeli nuclear test. The topic remains highly disputed.

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History: September 22, 1979: Vela Incident, UFO or Secret Nuke Test? - http://www.historyandheadlines.com/history-september-22-1979-vela-incident-ufo-or-secret-nuke-test/