• The picture was captured by aerial photographer Sergio Loaiza in 1971
  • Loaiza used an automated camera to snap the picture while he flew over Costa Rica islands
  • Esteban Carranza, a UFO enthusiast who has made the "contact" copy of the original image released it to the public

A high-resolution picture of a UFO flying above the earth has been released by researchers, increasing the prospect of alien life.

The picture, which is described as the best UFO photograph ever taken was captured in 1971 by aerial photographer Sergio Loaiza as he flew over Costa Rica islands around 10,000 feet above the ground, Lad Bible reported.

Loaiza took a series of black and white pictures in 20-second intervals using an automated camera by the National Geographic Institute. A picture in the series showed a strange object that appears to be a shiny metallic disc flying over Lake Cote.

Fifty years later, Esteban Carranza, a UFO enthusiast who has made the "contact" copy of the original image has released it to the public, according to UAP Media.

Carranza inherited the picture from his uncle last year who had obtained it from the National Geographic Institute in the 1970s. Carranza then took a high-resolution scan of the photo from a laboratory in Kansas using a Tango Drum Scanner.

"I made this high-resolution scan last year, met with people at the National Geographic Institute, and tracked the technician in charge of the camera back in 1971. But there’s no reason for the image to sit on my desktop. Disclosure is a team effort and everyone should have this image," Carranza said in a Tweet.

Meanwhile, Oscar Sierra, a UFO researcher from Costa Rica said the picture is "one of the most compelling scientific confirmations that UFOs are real."

The photograph gained significance after reporter Leslie Kean from The New Yorker described the picture as the "best photograph of a UFO, ever taken" in his article titled "How the Pentagon Started Taking UFOs Seriously."

"There was this disc object and you clearly see the sun reflecting off this round object that’s got a little dot on the top and what’s important about it is that it was a government photo," Kean said, Unilad reported.

Adding more evidence to the authenticity of the picture, UFO researchers Ricardo Vílchez, Dr. Richard Haines, and Dr. Jacques Vallée confirmed that the image was not created by any deliberate fabrication or double exposure.

Representative image Credit: Pixabay / PhotoVision