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People think that this 50-year-old photo is of an unidentified flying object

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In this image, a shiny metallic disc-shaped object can be seen. (Source: Instituto Geográfico Nacional de Costa Rica).

A 50-year-old photo has gone viral on the internet with netizens claiming it shows an unidentified flying object (UFO).

Image taken by Sergio Loaiza in 1971 when he went to Costa Rica for a field survey before the start of construction of a hydroelectric project.

The photo, in which we can see a disc-shaped object, has been shared many times on the Twitter microblogging platform.

Loaiza used his 100lb automatic camera to take high-resolution photos near Arenal Volcano in the South American country.

The volcano, surrounded by rainforest, is the backdrop for the viral photo that is the property of National Geographic Costa Rica and has been enhanced to study the potential impact of the hydroelectric project on the surrounding land and sea.

Costa Rican citizen Esteban Carranza, who has contact with a negative copy of the original from the country's national archives, shared the image on Twitter.

"But there’s no reason for the image to sit on my desktop. Disclosure is a team effort and everyone should have this image," he added.

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