The most notable event in the science of astronomy and astrobiology is the Day of Departure. The significance of the case and the investigation of its consequences are still the subject of research to this day. On August 10, 1972, a meteor with a diameter of 3-14 meters passed the Earth’s surface within 57 kilometers. The exciting but not unprecedented astronomical event was followed a few hours later by an event that changed the history of mankind.
Anyone could witness the coming to life of the extraordinary monoliths that had been still and believed to be lifeless. Variously shaped spaceships of unknown origins took off slowly and then left the Earth’s atmosphere and the edge of our Solar System, where we lost track of them.
After the Day of Departure, a series of questions have arisen. When did the aliens come here? What was their aim? Why didn't they contact us? And why did they leave? We still don't have answers for these questions. However, we got the answer to one. We are not alone in the universe and we were not alone on Earth. Not until then.
This special event became an unforgettable memory for everyone who saw it and for some lucky people a few pictures in a photo album. At our exhibition on the occasion of the 50th anniversary we selected to display some of the previously unseen Hungarian amateur photos taken on this day.
In this alternate past extraterrestrial lifeforms visited the Earth but left without contacting humankind.
All the photos are taken in Hungary showing flying saucer-shaped water towers. Only a minimal amount of manipulation was used to show them leaving their posts and making the images look like analog photos that could have been taken in the 70s.
For the opening of the exhibition a Kádár era fake newsreel was made to sell this sci-fi fever dream even more (click the CC button for English subtitles):
The merch included a limited screenprint, postcards, notebooks and craft UFO-beer:
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