UFO/UAP Event Chronology, Part 1: Distant Past up to and including 1949, v1.42 - Compiled 9/22/2023

An automated compilation by Richard Geldreich, Jr. using public data from Dr. Jacques Vallée, Pea Research, George M. Eberhart, Richard H. Hall, Dr. Donald A. Johnson, Fred Keziah, Don Berliner, Larry Hatch, NICAP, Thomas R. Adams, George D. Fawcett, Chris Aubeck, Philip L. Rife, Richard Dolan, and an anonymous individual or group.

Some non-summarized events fall under one of these copyrights:

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I've split up the timeline into 4 parts, to reduce their sizes: distant past up to 1949, 1950-1959, 1960-1979, and 1980-present.

The majority of the events in this chronology are sighting related, however it's important to be aware that this is a timeline of UFO/UAP related events, not necessarily or exclusively UFO sightings. This is not exclusively a UFO sightings timeline or database.

Some sighting reports or events appear multiple times in this timeline because they appear in more than one data source. I view this as a useful feature.

Currently, the events are not sorted by time of day, only by date. Some sources have separate "time" fields, but most don't. This will be fixed once the event times are automatically extracted from the description fields.

A few events don't have firm dates, for example "Summer of 1947", or "Late July 1952". In these instances the compilation code uses fixed dates I selected for date sorting purposes. (See the code for the specific dates.)

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Year Ranges

  1. Part 1: Distant past up to and including 1949
  2. Part 2: 1950 up to and including 1959
  3. Part 3: 1960 up to and including 1969
  4. Part 4: 1970 up to and including 1979
  5. Part 5: 1980 to present

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Year Histogram

Years

0 34 61 70 80 187 195 235 240 260
314 334 350 351 393 396 438 497 507 540
596 597 655 664 666 670 675 684 698 741
749 760 776 811 812 813 814 815 817 827
840 879 880 881 900 905 919 922 927 944
967 989 998 999 1001 1010 1015 1023 1034 1036
1045 1050 1054 1059 1067 1071 1085 1092 1096 1098
1100 1110 1130 1133 1142 1155 1161 1167 1169 1171
1178 1180 1182 1185 1186 1189 1193 1200 1224 1232
1235 1237 1239 1252 1253 1254 1269 1271 1273 1277
1284 1294 1295 1296 1299 1320 1322 1347 1349 1355
1360 1361 1382 1384 1385 1387 1388 1390 1394 1395
1408 1415 1420 1428 1433 1444 1453 1456 1458 1461
1465 1468 1477 1478 1479 1482 1487 1491 1492 1494
1498 1499 1501 1504 1509 1513 1517 1518 1520 1521
1523 1526 1528 1533 1535 1536 1537 1538 1544 1546
1547 1548 1550 1551 1553 1554 1555 1557 1561 1564
1566 1567 1568 1571 1572 1574 1576 1577 1578 1579
1580 1586 1589 1590 1592 1595 1600 1603 1606 1608
1609 1612 1613 1614 1619 1620 1621 1624 1634 1635
1637 1638 1639 1641 1642 1644 1645 1646 1648 1650
1651 1652 1656 1659 1660 1661 1662 1663 1665 1666
1667 1670 1671 1672 1674 1676 1677 1678 1680 1684
1685 1686 1688 1689 1692 1693 1694 1696 1697 1699
1700 1701 1702 1704 1707 1710 1716 1717 1719 1721
1726 1729 1730 1731 1733 1735 1737 1740 1741 1742
1743 1744 1745 1748 1749 1752 1754 1755 1756 1758
1759 1761 1762 1764 1765 1767 1768 1769 1775 1777
1780 1783 1784 1787 1788 1790 1791 1793 1794 1795
1796 1798 1799 1800 1801 1802 1803 1804 1805 1806
1807 1808 1809 1810 1811 1812 1813 1814 1815 1816
1817 1818 1819 1820 1821 1822 1823 1824 1825 1826
1827 1828 1829 1830 1831 1832 1833 1834 1835 1836
1837 1838 1839 1840 1841 1842 1843 1844 1845 1846
1847 1848 1849 1850 1851 1852 1853 1854 1855 1857
1858 1859 1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867
1868 1869 1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877
1878 1879 1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887
1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897
1898 1899 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907
1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917
1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927
1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937
1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
1948 1949

Event Timeline


Year: 0, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 0 (979AEFAA)

Date: 0's
Description: Greek and Roman records of UFO's
Type: ufo sightings
Reference: Keziah Poster
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_1


Year: 34, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 1 (F91D10A9)

Date: 4/34
Location: China
Description: A white, round object, accompanied by 10 small stars, flew overhead. The pattern suggests the stars might have been in formation with the main object, making it an unusual possible meteor event.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_23


Year: 61, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 2 (DD02BA75)

Date: 61
Location: China
Description: Han Emperor Mingti experienced a vision of a golden figure enveloped in a halo of light, which various sources described as either a dream or an apparition. This figure was interpreted as a flying Apsara (Buddhist angel) or possibly the Buddha himself. As a result of this vision, the Emperor sent envoys to India to understand Buddhism better. The account does not specify any physical aerial object associated with the vision.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_24


Year: 70, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 3 (B10DE7B7)

Date: 5/21/70
Time: ~18:00
Location: PALESTINE
Description: Many observer(s). Chariots and regiments circle towns in sky. Loud noises later.
Type: sighting
Reference: HAINES, Richard Ph.D: PROJECT DELTA; 1994, LDA Press, PO Box 880, Los Altos, CA 94023 USA (Index 120)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_5

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FIG: Undefined or poorly seen figure/entity, TCH: New technical details/clues, HST: Historical account, SND: UFO sounds heard or recorded

Extra Data: Country: "Israel", Credibility: "4", Duration: "60", HatchDesc: "PALESTINE:MANY OBS:CHARIOTS+REGIMENTS CIRCLE TOWNS in SKY:LOUD NOISES LATER", LatLong: "31.766668 35.233335", LatLongDMS: "31:46:00 N 35:14:00 E", Locale: "Pasture", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Unknown", Strangeness: "7"

Event 4 (FD9510CA)

Date: 5/21/70
Location: Jerusalem
Description: Historian Flavius Josephus documented a remarkable sighting where, before sunset, chariots and armored troops were observed in the sky, seemingly racing among the clouds and encircling cities. This extraordinary event, although sounding like a fable, was vouched for by multiple witnesses. The importance of subsequent events added weight to these accounts, indicating that they were not mere tales or exaggerations.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_25


Year: 80, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 5 (702D2F9C)

Date: Winter 80
Location: Caledon Wood, Scotland
Description: During the Roman Emperor Agricola's time in Scotland, there were reports of mysterious flames illuminating the skies over Caledon Wood for an entire winter night. On clear nights, a fast-moving ship-like object was observed in the sky. Additionally, there were accounts of unusual events in Athol, such as a rain of stones and frogs, and nighttime visions of fiery battles in the sky. These events, rich in anomalies, intertwine with tales from Geoffrey of Monmouth's rendition of the King Arthur legend, where Arthur famously defeated the Saxons at Caledon Wood.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_26


Year: 187, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 6 (B64EFE22)

Date: 187
Location: Rome, Italy
Description: During the reign of Commodus, there were peculiar daytime sightings of stars that appeared throughout the entire day. According to Herodian, some of these stars seemed to elongate and hover in the middle of the air. These sightings were interpreted as unignited clouds being driven together, for they appeared illuminated at night but vanished when viewed from a distance during daylight.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_27


Year: 195, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 7 (918FF380)

Date: 1/195
Location: Rome, Italy
Description: Bright stars were observed surrounding the sun during Julianus' Sacrifices of Entrance in front of the senate-house. These anomalous stars were so vivid that soldiers continually gazed at them, speculating an impending doom for the emperor. Concurrently, three leaders, Severus, Niger, and Albinus, each commanding vast legions, sought control of the region, potentially symbolized by these three stars. The nature of these "bright stars" remains unclear, though they were not simply a result of refraction.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_28


Year: 235, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 8 (9679253F)

Date: 235
Location: Weinan, China
Description: The army of Emperor Hou Chu witnessed a red object with pointed rays fly over them on three separate occasions. Despite being documented in a compilation of "shooting stars and meteors," the idea of a regular meteor passing multiple times over the army is highly improbable.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_29


Year: 240, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 9 (40D68BCC)

Date: 240
Location: Che-chiang Province, China
Description: Wang Shuh, while gathering medicinal herbs on T'ien Tai Mountain, took a rest and saw a small blue boy, over a foot long, in a brook. This boy rode on a red carp and both disappeared into a cloud. After a subsequent thunderstorm, the boy and carp reappeared and returned to the brook. The sighting, possessing attributes commonly ascribed to "dragons" in Chinese literature, remains unexplained by ordinary phenomena.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_30


Year: 260, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 10 (5A171163)

Date: 3/260
Location: China
Description: Amidst a political crisis, while "hostage children" played together, a mysterious child, less than four feet tall, joined them. The child, with light rays flashing from his eyes, identified himself as the star-god Yunghuo (Mars) and delivered a prophecy that "The Three Lords will return to Ssu-ma." After conveying his message, he ascended to the heavens, leaving behind a trail resembling flowing silk. This event remained unreported due to the political turmoil, and years later the prophecy came to fruition as Hsiu was overthrown and power shifted to Ssu-ma.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_31


Year: 314, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 11 (FE0ADFF3)

Date: 1/314
Location: China
Description: The Sun appeared to descend to the ground while three additional suns simultaneously rose from the western horizon and moved together towards the East. This description suggests a rare and unordinary phenomenon, but with limited information provided, a complete interpretation would require access to the original text.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_32


Year: 334, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 12 (3CE36296)

Date: 334
Location: Antioch, Turkey
Description: A star-like object appeared in the eastern sky during daylight hours, emitting a significant amount of smoke, similar to that from a furnace, from the third to the fifth hour. Given its extended duration, it cannot be classified as a comet, and it persisted longer than typical meteors.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_33


Year: 350, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 13 (FE59CDC1)

Date: 350
Location: Emesa, Syria
Description: Eusebios experienced an unexpected urge to travel to a hill with an ancient temple of Athena near Emesa at midnight. There, he witnessed a fireball descend, accompanied by a lion that quickly vanished. Approaching the cooled globe, Eusebios found the baitylos, a sacred meteorite. When he questioned the stone about its deity, it claimed to belong to "Gennaios, the Noble One." The baitylos, described as a whitish, occasionally purple-hued globe, displayed letters painted in cinnabar, a bright red pigment esteemed in antiquity. This baitylos's characteristics challenge common understanding of meteorites.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_34


Year: 351, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 14 (3599430B)

Date: 5/7/351
Location: Jerusalem
Description: As Cyril took over the leadership of the church of Jerusalem, a radiant and concentrated cross appeared in the skies. Measuring about fifteen stadia from Calvary to the Mount of Olives, this luminous cross was notably brighter than the sun and remained visible for several days. Its remarkable appearance caused widespread fear among the observers, as documented by Hermias Sozomen in his Ecclesiastical History.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_35


Year: 393, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 15 (1D26B48A)

Date: 393
Location: Rome, Italy
Description: A new and distinctive star, initially observed at midnight towards the east, was reportedly brighter than most, rivaling the luminosity of Venus. Surrounding this star, smaller star-like points clustered like bees around their queen. Later, its shape morphed, resembling a double-bladed sword. The celestial object moved distinctively across the sky, eventually settling in the Big Dipper and fading away after a forty-day journey. While it resembles descriptions of a comet, no corroborative record of such a cometary observation exists for this period.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_36


Year: 396, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 16 (841D2975)

Date: 396
Location: Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey
Description: At nightfall, a fiery cloud appeared from the East, initially small, but as it neared the city, it expanded and ominously loomed over Constantinople. The fearful populace sought refuge in the Church, and upon the cloud's eventual dispersal, rumors spread that the city would be destroyed the following Sabbath. This led to a mass evacuation, including the Emperor. With the city ultimately remaining unscathed, St. Augustine pondered whether this event was a manifestation of God's wrath or mercy.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_37


Year: 438, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 17 (38A9BB5E)

Date: 438
Location: Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey
Description: In the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, as pestilence and famine spread and the city's walls and towers lay in ruins, the residents gathered in the countryside praying for their city's salvation. Amidst these dire circumstances, a miraculous event took place: a child was abruptly lifted into the air, disappearing from sight. Upon returning, he recounted to Patriarch Proclus, the Emperor, and the masses that he had witnessed a celestial chorus of angels singing praises. This astonishing event was widely seen by the city's inhabitants and was later commemorated annually in ecclesiastical annals and Greek church readings.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_38


Year: 497, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 18 (02F9469C)

Date: 497
Location: British Isles
Description: Possibly 473 AD. A massive and bright globe was observed in the sky. From this globe emanated a second fiery ball which projected two distinct rays. One ray stretched out towards Gaul, while the other aimed towards the Irish Sea, subsequently splitting into seven smaller beams. The exact date of this event remains contested, with some sources pointing to 473 and others, like Roger of Wendover, suggesting 497.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_39


Year: 507, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 19 (E2DA4152)

Date: 507
Location: Poitiers, France
Description: As King Clovis sought to overcome the Visigoths and claim their French territories, he embarked on a night march directed by a bright meteor, likened to the biblical column of fire that guided the Israelites. This fiery signal, possibly coordinated with the cathedral of Poitiers, illuminated his path, leading him to victory against the Visigoths, subsequently culminating in the death of their king, Alaric II. Following this triumph, Clovis relocated the Frankish capital to Paris.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_40


Year: 540, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 20 (69ACB8F1)

Date: 540
Location: Rome, Italy
Description: A small spark was observed descending from the sky to Earth. Upon nearing the Earth, it expanded, resembling an orb akin to the Moon and took on a disc-like shape. This celestial event was perceived as an omen, predicting significant societal unrest and grave misfortunes.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_41

Event 21 (7C28EBD5)

Date: 540
Location: Monte Cassino, Italy
Description: At dawn, Saint Benedict of Nursia witnessed an intense light that evolved into a fiery globe, illuminating the night brighter than day. As he gazed upon this brilliance, he perceived the entire world condensing under a single sunbeam and saw the soul of Germanus, Bishop of Capua, ascend to heaven within a flaming sphere accompanied by angels. Calling upon Servandus the Deacon as a witness, only a waning remnant of the light was visible to the latter. Upon investigation, it was discovered that Bishop Germanus had passed away at the exact moment of Saint Benedict's vision, suggesting a potential connection between the event and the Bishop's departure.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_42


Year: 596, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 22 (C6DCAC17)

Date: 11/596
Location: Nara prefecture, West Japan
Description: An object resembling a canopy or lotus flower was observed descending and hovering above the Houryuji temple. While suspended, it underwent various color and shape transformations.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_43


Year: 597, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 23 (917F95D9)

Date: 6/9/597
Location: Ireland
Description: During a nighttime fishing session, multiple witnesses, including the narrator Adomnan, observed the sky suddenly illuminating. An immense pillar of fire ascended from the east, brightening the entire heavens as if it were midday. This extraordinary luminous column was seen not only by the group of Adomnan but also by various other fishermen scattered along the river. The intense light was then followed by profound darkness, resembling sunset.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_44


Year: 655, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 24 (00D47F56)

Date: 5/655
Location: Katuragi Mountain near Nara, W. Japan
Description: A figure resembling a Chinese man was observed riding a dragon in the sky. The details surrounding this event are sparse and its credibility is uncertain. It's mentioned in hopes of encouraging further exploration of ancient Asian sources for more information on this peculiar sighting.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_45


Year: 664, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 25 (2AD4B3B3)

Date: 664
Location: Kent, England
Description: During the night, an unusual pillar of light illuminated the hall of King Ecgbert I's palace, startling many of his household. The brightness led to widespread astonishment and cries, prompting the king to rise from his bed. As he left the house, he observed a brilliantly burning globe of white flame, which seemed to have originated from the aforementioned luminous pillar.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_46


Year: 666, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 26 (C6856DAB)

Date: 6/6/666
Description: version: Last updated 9/16/2023 (rg)
Type: version
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_0


Year: 670, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 27 (1A7B7CFD)

Date: 9/6/670
Location: Nara Prefecture, Western Japan
Description: A mysterious cloud resembling an umbrella manifested in the sky, accompanied by an unusual noise. While meteors can produce sounds, they are not typically described as "umbrella-shaped clouds." Due to the limited information available, the event remains unidentified and requires further research for a more comprehensive understanding.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_47


Year: 675, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 28 (9D9E8937)

Date: 675
Location: Berecingum Convent, near London, England
Description: While nuns at Berecingum (Barking) convent were praying at the tombs after matins, a brilliant light, described as a "great sheet," suddenly descended upon them, causing great amazement. This luminosity, brighter than the midday sun, subsequently moved to the south side of the monastery, where it lingered for a while before ascending back to the heavens. The event's nature left the witnesses convinced that the light symbolized a heavenly signal related to the souls' eternal journey. The described behavior of the light does not align with typical meteor activity.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_48


Year: 684, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 29 (A8225F70)

Date: 11/21/684
Location: Japan
Description: At dusk, observers reported witnessing seven stars that appeared to "drift together" towards the north-east before disappearing below the horizon. Due to the limited details provided, it's challenging to determine the exact nature or origin of these so-called "drifting stars."
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_49


Year: 698, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 30 (D1D63729)

Date: 5/698
Location: Ireland
Description: Observers reported seeing three "shields" in the sky, moving from the east to the west on the night of the Ascension of the Lord. The shields displayed distinct colors: one snowy, the second fiery, and the third bloody. These celestial phenomena were interpreted as omens, thought to presage upcoming misfortunes. Later that year, herds of cows across Ireland and other parts of Europe faced near devastation.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_50


Year: 741, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 31 (0AF29F80)

Date: 6/741
Location: Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey
Description: During the reign of Constantine, Copronymus, three columns of fire were observed in the sky in June and then again in September. A similar phenomenon was noted in 735 AD, described as a half-moon-shaped object in the northern part of the sky. This object gradually moved to the southern quadrant before returning northward and eventually disappearing below the horizon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_51


Year: 749, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 32 (ACD0FD47)

Date: 749
Location: Ulster, Ireland
Description: Aerial ships accompanied by their crews were observed in the sky above Cluain Moccu, as documented in the 15th century Annals of Ulster.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_52


Year: 760, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 33 (0CA1C94E)

Date: 760
Location: France
Description: During Pepin le Bref's reign, the skies over France reportedly exhibited numerous unusual phenomena, including human figures, ships with sails, and warring armies. Several individuals even claimed they were abducted by beings from the air. However, the original source of this information remains elusive and might have been influenced by the Comte De Gabalis written in 1670 by Abbe N. de Montfaucon de Villars.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_53


Year: 776, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 34 (D2E4E35B)

Date: 776
Location: Syburg Castle, Germany
Description: During a rebellion against Charlemagne, the Saxons besieged Syburg Castle. As they were about to storm the castle, they reportedly witnessed two flaming, shield-like objects hovering above the church. This sight instilled panic among the Saxons, causing them to retreat in chaos. In their terrified state, many inadvertently harmed or killed their fellow soldiers while fleeing.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_54


Year: 811, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 35 (DA1AEAA0)

Date: 811
Location: Near Aachen on Via Aquisgrana, Germany
Description: Emperor Charlemagne witnessed a large flaming globe moving across the sky from east to west during a campaign against the Danes in Saxony. As he observed the unusual celestial event, he was thrown off his horse, which might have been startled by the spectacle. The emperor's fall was so forceful that his cloak buckle broke and his sword belt shattered. Additionally, a javelin he held was thrown about twenty feet away from where he landed.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_55


Year: 812, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 36 (5AA87AC1)

Date: 812
Locations: Lyon, France; Magonia; Mahón, the port of the island of Menorca, Spain
Description: Agobard, the archbishop of Lyon, France, writes De Grandine et Tonitruis (“On Hail and Thunder”), in which he condemns pagan folk beliefs, such as the notion of a “certain region called Magonia, from which ships, navigating on clouds, set sail to transport back to this same region the fruits of the earth ruined by hail and destroyed by the storm.” He cites an episode in which some foolish peasants capture “three men and one woman who they said had fallen from these ships.” Brought out in front of an enraged mob, Agobard intervenes and prevents their lynching, persuading the crowd that the charges are false and absurd. Some ufologists interpret this as a visitation from an alternate reality or an abduction case, while Jean-Louis Brodu observes that in the 9th century the atmosphere was likened to an ocean in which aerial ships could navigate from point to point on the earth. Miceal Ross argues that Magonia is a corruption of Magonianus, relating to the city of Mahón, the port of the island of Menorca, Spain.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Jean-Louis Brodu, “Magonia: A Re-Evaluation,” Fortean Studies 2 (1995): 198–215; Miceal Ross, “Anchors in a Three-Decker World,” Folklore 109 \(1998\): 63–75; Vallée, Magonia, pp. 23–24; Clark III 1213–1214; Vallée and Aubeck, Wonders in the Sky, Tarcher, 2009, pp. 70–73; Pierre Chambert-Protat, “Florus de Lyon et les Extra- terrestres,” Florus de Lyon, November 4, 2014; Pierre Lagrange, “Agobard, la Magonie et les ovnis,” Actualité, no. 440 (October 2017): 28–29; Wikipedia, “Magonia (mythology)Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_0


Year: 813, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 37 (2EF061DA)

Date: 813
Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Description: A hermit named Pelayo heard music and witnessed a unique shining star above Mount Libredon, an ancient Celtic sacred site. This celestial sighting led to the naming of the location as "Campus Stellae," meaning "field of the star," which evolved into "Compostela." After an investigation initiated by Bishop Teodomiro, the tomb of the Apostle was discovered. King Alphonse II designated Saint James as the patron of his empire and constructed a chapel on the site, which eventually became the renowned Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, attracting numerous pilgrims.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_56


Year: 814, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 38 (F0058D89)

Date: 814
Location: China
Description: A bright object ascended and illuminated the terrain below. Numerous smaller "stars" were observed emerging from this luminous entity.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_57


Year: 815, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 39 (4BF4F18F)

Date: 815
Location: Lyons, France
Description: Saint Agobard, the Archbishop of Lyons, wrote extensively against the superstitions of his time. Among these was the popular belief in a region called "MAGONIA" from where ships would fly and sail upon clouds. These ships allegedly transported goods that had been damaged by storms or hail, after a transaction with 'Tempestaires'. In one notable event, four individuals, three men and a woman, were believed to have fallen from such a ship and were brought forth to be stoned. Saint Agobard intervened and saved their lives, expressing skepticism about the reality of these supposed ships and the beliefs associated with them.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_58


Year: 817, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 40 (78E10701)

Date: 817
Location: China
Description: A luminous globe was observed directly overhead, accompanied by a trailing tail. It moved at a slow pace towards the West, beneath the moon. Witnesses reported hearing sounds reminiscent of birds during the event. The sighting is notable due to the globe's unhurried movement, which is atypical for meteors, and the associated auditory phenomena.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_59


Year: 827, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 41 (14DFF25F)

Date: 827
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Description: Eginard reports "terrible things in the sky" emitting pale or red lights during the night, coinciding with Pepin's war campaign. The nature of these lights, distinct from meteors, adds to the challenge of interpretation.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_60


Year: 840, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 42 (9330B338)

Date: 840
Location: China
Description: Witness accounts describe the appearance of two "sacred lamps" during the early night. The first lamp, initially the size of a begging bowl, grew to that of a small house, atop a ridge east of the terrace across the valley. The crowd, deeply moved, chanted the name of His Holiness as the second lamp emerged, initially resembling a rain straw hat and gradually expanding. The two lights, shining ardently and spaced approximately 100 steps apart, faded and became invisible around midnight.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_61

Event 43 (D2C51E95)

Date: 1/840?
Location: LYON, FRANCE
Description: Mob Lynches 3 figures from 'cloudship'. They admitted flying.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 7)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_6

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, FIG: Undefined or poorly seen figure/entity, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "4", Duration: "20", HatchDesc: "LYON,FRANCE:MOB LYNCHES 3 FIGURES FROM 'CLOUDSHIP':they admitted flying", LatLong: "45.750002 4.866667", LatLongDMS: "45:45:00 N 04:52:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Rhône", Strangeness: "10"


Year: 879, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 44 (7CBF8589)

Date: 11/879
Location: China
Description: An anomalous sighting records the energetic clash of two "suns" in the sky, reminiscent of a battle. On a separate day within the same month, two suns engaged in combat before eventually merging into one. This phenomenon bears resemblance to a similar event described in a Japanese account noted in case 69.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_62


Year: 880, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 45 (C6066A5E)

Date: 4/25/880
Location: Montserrat-Santa Cova, Spain
Description: Approximate date. Seven young children from Monistrol in Barcelona witness an enigmatic light descending from the sky and moving towards a small grotto on Montserrat mountain, accompanied by a soft melody. A week later, a group of priests led by the Bishop of Manresa also observes the phenomenon. For four consecutive Saturdays, the light reappears in the sky and descends towards the mountain grotto. Investigating further, seven men follow the light's indication to Santa Cova area, where they discover an image of a black virgin emitting a magical light and pleasant aroma. Attempts to relocate the sculpture to Manresa prove futile due to its increasing weight, leading to the establishment of a hermitage named after St. Mary at the original site.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_63


Year: 881, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 46 (B7B13A08)

Date: 9/3/881
Location: Japan
Description: Unusual celestial activity is documented as two stars manifest in the sky, engaging in peculiar maneuvers that involve merging and separating. This observation mirrors a similar pattern detailed in case 67 from China, suggesting a shared phenomenon across regions.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_64


Year: 900, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 47 (F6C99E5E)

Date: 3/900
Location: China
Description: The New Book of the Tang documents two significant celestial phenomena. In the year of Guang Hua, a large, yellow, star-like object, roughly 500 meters square, is observed flying southwest with a pointed head and cylindrical rear. Another account describes a "star-like object," five times larger than the previous one, flying northwest. As it descended to around thirty meters above the ground, witnesses noted red-orange flames emitted from its upper part. The object exhibited snake-like movements and was accompanied by sudden appearances and disappearances of numerous small stars.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_65


Year: 905, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 48 (4E084CD5)

Date: 905
Location: China
Description: A notable sighting involves the appearance of a sizable fiery globe in the sky's zenith, which proceeded to move towards the northwest. This globe halted about 100 feet away while numerous small stars circulated above it. The phenomenon left behind a greenish vapor, adding to the intrigue of the event.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_66


Year: 919, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 49 (9638EBAD)

Date: 919
Location: Hungary
Description: Witnesses report the sighting of luminous spherical objects resembling stars, accompanied by a bright torch-like presence. These bright spheres exhibit erratic movements, moving back and forth across the sky, captivating the attention of observers.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_67


Year: 922, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 50 (C6E24523)

Date: 5/12/922
Location: Bulgaria
Description: During an ambassadorial mission led by Susan ar-Rassi in Almush's country, a peculiar sky phenomenon occurred. As described by the mission's secretary, Ahmad ibn-Fadlan, the sky's horizon turned red, accompanied by loud sounds and commotion during the usual prayer hour before sunset. A red cloud was observed, bearing figures resembling men and horses. These figures wielded weapons and engaged in combat with another group, also visible within the cloud. A black armed group appeared alongside the red one. The event continued for some time, and both ibn-Fadlan and ar-Rassi described the occurrence, noting two red clouds. Ambassador ar-Rassi's account added that the phenomenon started an hour before sunset, lasting until approximately 1:00 A.M. King Almush attributed the event to "Jinni," believed by his forefathers to be responsible for such sightings.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_68


Year: 927, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 51 (A0B5950D)

Date: 3/927 (approximate)
Location: VERDUN, FR
Description: 'Fiery armies' pass in sky here and all E. France according to Scribe Flodoard.
Type: sighting
Reference: FIGEUT, Michel & RUCHON, Jean-Louis: OVNI - Le Premier Dossier..; Alain LeFeuvre, Paris 1979. (Index 32)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_7

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, NWS: News media report, MID: Likely mis-identification, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "7", Duration: "15", HatchDesc: "VERDUN,FR:'FIERY ARMIES' PASS IN SKY HERE +ALL E.FRANCE per Scribe FLODOARD", LatLong: "49.150002 5.350000", LatLongDMS: "49:09:00 N 05:21:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Meuse", Strangeness: "3"

Event 52 (2FAED867)

Date: 3/927
Location: Reims, France
Description: An unusual sighting is documented in Reims, where an "army of fire" appeared in the sky on a Sunday morning in March. This sighting was followed by an outbreak of pestilence, as noted by Flodoard. The description lacks a clear correlation to known optical or atmospheric phenomena, contributing to the mystery of the event.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_69


Year: 944, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 53 (77EC2879)

Date: 944
Location: Trans-Rhenan Germany
Description: Reports indicate the sighting of burning iron globes in the sky, with some causing damage to farms and houses as they flew. However, in certain areas, these iron globes were thwarted by countermeasures involving crucifixes, episcopal blessings, and holy water, successfully repelling the anomalous objects.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_70


Year: 967, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 54 (35AB17AF)

Date: 9/9/967
Location: Japan
Description: Witnesses observe a formation of numerous objects arranged in a triangular pattern, flying beneath rain clouds with an east-west trajectory. The distinct triangular formation and the presence of rain clouds challenge a meteoric interpretation of the event, if the description is considered reliable.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_71


Year: 989, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 55 (EC237C0D)

Date: 989
Location: Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey
Description: A phenomenon resembling a "comet" is observed in the western sky after sunset. Unlike a typical comet, this object rises in the evening and exhibits erratic behavior, constantly changing its position and displaying sudden, rapid movements. The bright rays it emits are visible from a significant distance. The unsettling movements of this celestial anomaly evoke awe and fear among witnesses, leading them to interpret the event as an ominous sign. The occurrence coincides with a powerful earthquake that destroys the towers of Byzantium, aligning with the foreboding expectations associated with the phenomenon. While the description seems inconsistent with a typical comet, the possibility of confusion exists, as another comet was visible around the same time according to historical records.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_72

Event 56 (9A71A0D0)

Date: 8/3/989
Location: JAPAN / LOCATION UNKNOWN
Description: Unusually bright saucers fly. Then join together. Time unknown.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: PASSPORT TO MAGONIA; H. Regnery, Chicago HC 1969 & Contemporary Books,Chicago 1993. 372pp. (Index 0)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_8

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Japan", Credibility: "5", Duration: "15", HatchDesc: "JAPAN/LOC UNK:UNUSUALLY BRIGHT SCRS FLY:THEN JOIN TOGETHER:TIME UNKNOWN. ", LatLong: "35.666668 139.833340", LatLongDMS: "35:40:00 N 139:50:00 E", Locale: "Mountains", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Honshu Island", Strangeness: "6"

Event 57 (024BFEE7)

Date: 8/3/989
Location: Japan
Description: A remarkable event unfolds as three bright objects in the sky undergo an extraordinary transformation, becoming luminous in an unusual manner. These three objects converge and meet at a singular point along their trajectories, creating a unique and intriguing celestial spectacle.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_73


Year: 998, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 58 (BD7BDAC2)

Date: 998
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Description: King Stephen (Istvan), the crowned King of Hungary from 997 to 1038, is reported to have experienced frequent aerial episodes. Documented by his biographer, Chartruiz, Bishop of Hungary, these events sometimes occurred spiritually and at other times physically. One instance, as recounted in Chartruis' Life of St. Stephen, describes the king being elevated into the air by the hands of angels while he was engaged in prayer within his tent.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_74


Year: 999, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 59 (406ADA6D)

Date: 999
Location: Abbey of Saint-Leger, Cote d'Or, France
Description: Rodulphus Glaber, a monk and chronicler, recounts a personal encounter with a disturbing apparition at the Abbey. During the night, before Matines, he witnessed a grotesque humanoid figure with peculiar features appear at the foot of his bed. The creature had a frail neck, black eyes, a wrinkled forehead, pointed ears, and other unsettling characteristics. The figure forcefully shook his bed and uttered the words, "You will not stay here any longer." Terrified, Glaber woke up and continued to see the figure, gnashing its teeth and repeating the same phrase. Disturbed by the encounter, he hurried to the monastery, confessing his sins and seeking solace at the altar of Saint Benedict.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_75


Year: 1001, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 60 (956B1A7D)

Date: 4/25/1001
Location: Foggia, Italy
Description: The Count of Aviemore, seeking shelter in a rustic hut after a day of hunting, is roused from his sleep by frightened servants and friends. They report strange flashes and urge the hunters to flee, fearing a forest fire. Instead of joining them, the Count decides to investigate the phenomenon. Approaching the source of the flashes, he discovers a peculiar light and a luminous lady amidst the flashes, whom he identifies as the Virgin Mary. Witnessing the same vision, a farmer named Nicholas hears a request from the apparition for a place of worship to be established. The construction of a chapel at the site leads to the emergence of a pilgrimage center, eventually evolving into a monastery under the Verginiani and later the Cistercians. The basilica's recognition comes from Pope Paul VI on 31 May 1978.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_76


Year: 1010, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 61 (0D489366)

Date: 1010
Location: Ostium, Italy
Description: Peter Damian, the Cardinal-Bishop of Ostium, documents an incident involving the abduction of a five-year-old nobleman's son. The child was taken from a monastery to a locked mill during the night, only to be found there the next morning. The boy recounted being carried by strangers to a grand feast and then placed into the mill through its roof. This early account highlights the theme of interactions between human witnesses and beings from another realm, which would later evolve into beliefs about fairies, elementals, and otherworldly creatures. The description of great feasts and abductees being offered food resonates with fairy folklore, while the act of being pulled through the roof finds parallels in modern UFO abduction accounts.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_77


Year: 1015, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 62 (AB84C1E2)

Date: 7/7/1015
Location: Kyoto, Western Japan
Description: The Director General of Saemonfu, part of the Royal Guard, recounts an event where he observed two stars converging at night. As they approached within approximately 10 meters of each other, small stars emerged from each of the larger stars and swiftly moved towards the opposite big star, only to return to their respective originating stars. Subsequently, the two primary stars swiftly departed, followed by the appearance of clouds that covered the sky. This extraordinary occurrence of celestial interaction, though noted in ancient times, had become a rarity, leaving a lasting impression on the witness due to its uncommon nature.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_78

Event 63 (DB59132B)

Date: 8/23/1015
Location: JAPAN / LOCATION UNKNOWN
Description: 2 spheres hover. 2 small objects exit.. 1 smokes. No further details. / Belgian UFO Society (SOBEPS) IFS#23 p35.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 9)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_9

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Japan", Credibility: "6", Duration: "15", HatchDesc: "JAPAN/LOC UNK:2 SPHERES HVR:2 SML OBJs EXIT..1 smokes:NFD:/SOBEPS IFS#23 p35", LatLong: "35.633335 139.800007", LatLongDMS: "35:38:00 N 139:48:00 E", Locale: "Mountains", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Honshu Island", Strangeness: "4"


Year: 1023, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 64 (18E321F1)

Date: Fall 1023
Location: France
Description: In the southern sky within the Sign of the Lion, a remarkable sight unfolds as two stars engage in a prolonged celestial ballet. Throughout the autumn season, the larger and more luminous star approaches from the east, while the smaller one approaches from the west. The smaller star exhibits furious and fearful movements, aggressively charging towards the larger star. However, the larger star's radiant mane serves as a defensive barrier, repelling the smaller star and forcing it to retreat far towards the east. This intricate and dynamic display of celestial interaction captivates observers during the autumn months.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_79


Year: 1034, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 65 (EB99F8B6)

Date: 1/1034?
Location: NEAR VERDUN, FR
Description: Fiery ovoid going quickly southeast turns going quickly west. / Verdun Museum / Belgian UFO Society (SOBEPS) IFS#23 p35.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 9)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_10

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "6", Duration: "15", HatchDesc: "nr VERDUN,FR:FIERY OVOID >>SE TURNS >>W:/VERDUN MUSEUM /SOBEPS IFS#23 p35", LatLong: "49.083336 5.333334", LatLongDMS: "49:05:00 N 05:20:00 E", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Meuse", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1036, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 66 (EC307163)

Date: 1036
Location: Taichang, China
Description: In an intriguing event, a cloud reportedly descends from the sky, carrying a female entity identified as the goddess Zigu. The cloud enters the bedroom of Wang's daughter, and Zigu engages with the girl. The goddess possesses the ability to write and is described as remarkably attractive. Standing on a cloud that hovers beneath her feet, Zigu demonstrates effortless and swift movement. She offers the daughter an opportunity to travel with her, and when the girl agrees, clouds form in the courtyard to lift her. However, Zigu instructs the girl to remove her dusty shoes before ascending, and once done, the girl rises on the clouds, which carry her into the sky.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_80


Year: 1045, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 67 (857D6985)

Date: 1045
Location: England
Description: During the reign of Emperor Henry III in Rome, an event is documented involving the abduction of a purported "witch" by a devil. The witch was reportedly drawn behind the devil on his horse with a frightful cry, then lifted into the air and carried away. The cries of the old woman were heard for several hours over a distance of nearly four miles in the country. This account aligns with a recurring theme of stories involving witches being transported through paranormal or non-human means, often associated with demonic entities.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_81


Year: 1050, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 68 (8125686D)

Date: 1050
Location: Vinland (Newfoundland)
Description: The Greenlanders Saga recounts an encounter involving Gudrid, who sat beside her son's cradle when a shadow fell across the doorway and a woman in a black dress entered. The woman had light-brown hair, large eyes, and introduced herself as Gudrid. As the two Gudrids conversed, a loud crack was heard, and the visiting woman vanished from sight. Simultaneously, a skirmish took place between a Skraling and a house carle of Karlsefne's, resulting in the Skraling's death. This incident, although debated as a possible ghost story rather than a UFO case, bears similarities to the contemporary motif of "Woman-in-black" encounters, aligning with narratives of modern alien visitations.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_82


Year: 1054, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 69 (E1FC9DC9)

Date: 4/14/1054
Location: Rome, Italy
Description: On the day of Pope Leo IX's departure, a remarkable celestial event occurs around midday. Documented in the Tractatus de Ecclesia S. Petri Aldeburgensi, a bright and extraordinary circle appears in the sky, radiating brightness for about half an hour. This phenomenon is observed not only in Rome but also worldwide, symbolically believed to signify the Pope's worthiness of a heavenly crown. Although later suggested as a supernova, the Crab Nebula's recorded sighting by Chinese astronomers three months later brings into question the initial interpretation. The Flemish chronicler's description highlights the appearance of a bright disk-like shape, emphasizing the object's intense brightness and duration, while the document separates the observation from any specific belief system.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_83


Year: 1059, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 70 (D50A948F)

Date: 1059
Location: Fanliang, China
Description: In the midst of Emperor Jia You's reign, a remarkable sighting is documented by Chinese scholar Sheng Gua. A massive luminous pearl is observed under gloomy skies, making appearances over a ten-year period. This radiant object travels from the marshes of Tianchang district through Bishe Lake to eventually vanish into Xinkai Lake. The pearl's radiance is so intense that it illuminates the surroundings, and it even enlarges significantly at one point, emitting a white and silvery center that is almost blinding. The pearl's luminosity reaches faraway trees, casting shadows on the ground and lighting up the distant sky. Captivated by these appearances, the inhabitants construct a "Pearl Pavilion" in the town of Fanliang, where people from various places gather by boat, hoping for a glimpse of this enigmatic phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_84


Year: 1067, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 71 (6802F2AE)

Date: 1067
Location: Northumbria, England
Description: Numerous individuals witnessed an inexplicable fiery sign in the sky that resembled fire, burning fiercely and illuminating the surroundings. The phenomenon drew close to the earth, providing a brief but intense illumination, then began to revolve and ascend high into the sky, eventually descending into the depths of the sea. Its presence caused the burning of woods and plains in various areas. This enigmatic event occurred in the Northumbrian region and recurred twice within a single year, leaving observers puzzled about its meaning and significance.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_85


Year: 1071, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 72 (AC465BA4)

Date: 12/1071
Location: Zhengjiang, China
Description: Renowned scholar Su Dongpo witnessed an extraordinary event as a large light emerged from the Yangtse River. The sight of this phenomenon caused a disturbance among mountain birds, as they were frightened by the unusual occurrence.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_86


Year: 1085, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 73 (AE6134B3)

Date: 7/1085
Location: Estella, Navarra, Spain
Description: In Estella, Navarra, a remarkable event unfolded as a significant star and the Holy Virgin were witnessed by a group of shepherds on a mountain. The presence of the Virgin and the extraordinary star led to the establishment of a sanctuary in the area, attracting a multitude of pilgrims. King Sancho Ramirez played a role in the construction of the sanctuary, solidifying its significance. A plaque within the chapel commemorates the event, stating that the star descended from the sky to Estella for its observation and protection.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_87


Year: 1092, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 74 (AE33508B)

Date: 1092
Location: Drutsk and Polotsk, Ukraine
Description: The year 1092 marked the first recorded instance of the Devil's Hunt phenomenon in folklore. In Drutsk, a massive sign resembling a large circle emerged in the sky, and shortly afterward, similar signs manifested in Polotsk. Mysterious sounds resembling the galloping of men on horseback were heard, causing fear and devastation. People in Polotsk were terrified by the nighttime noises of what were believed to be demons running through the streets, causing harm to anyone who ventured outside. Later, these entities appeared on horseback during the day, with only the hooves of their horses being visible. These events were associated with a period of dry weather, forest fires, and deaths, leading to the interpretation of demonic activity.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_88


Year: 1096, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 75 (AC7B37A9)

Date: 7/1096
Location: Japan
Description: In an unspecified location, ten flying objects were observed coming together to form a necklace-like arrangement in the sky towards the northwest. Unfortunately, due to the lack of an original quote or detailed information, further analysis of this event is limited.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_89


Year: 1098, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 76 (4E8C4347)

Date: 9/15/1098
Location: Antioch, Turkey
Description: During the First Crusade, historical accounts from Raymond d'Aguiliers and Alfred of Aachen describe a remarkable celestial event. A large star appeared over the city of Antioch in the night sky, which eventually split into three parts and descended onto the camp of the Turks. The star's fiery and luminous appearance captivated the Christian guards on duty, forming a dense group resembling a scintillating globe. The phenomenon continued to evolve, eventually shaping itself into a crown-like formation above the city before breaking into a new pattern and path.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_90


Year: 1100, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 77 (49DD883B)

Date: 1100
Location: Germany
Description: An account speaks of prodigious signs in the sun, the sky, and on the earth that ignited fervor for an upcoming Crusade. A priest named Suigger reported witnessing two knights engaged in an aerial battle, where one carried a large cross and ultimately triumphed. People in the fields claimed to have seen an airborne image of a city, with diverse troops converging on it from various directions. Many individuals displayed a divine imprint of the cross on their clothing, foreheads, or bodies, believing this marked their destined service to God.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_91


Year: 1110, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 78 (98B3B642)

Date: 2/11/1110
Location: Pechorsky Monastery, Russia
Description: A fiery omen took place at the Pechorsky monastery, where a pillar of fire reaching from the ground to the sky appeared. Lightning illuminated the earth, and thunder resounded in the first hour of the night. Initially, the fiery pillar hovered over the monastery dining room, obscuring the cross, and later moved to the church, then to Feodosiev's tomb. Eventually, it ascended to the top of the church, facing eastward, before vanishing. This phenomenon was believed to be an angelic apparition, consistent with angels often appearing as fiery columns or flames.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_92


Year: 1130, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 79 (73345EBC)

Date: 1130
Location: Bohemia, Czechoslovakia
Description: A recorded sighting describes a flying sign or "monster" resembling a flying serpent that appeared in the skies over Bohemia. This sighting is documented by two distinct historians. It's worth considering the possibility that this sighting could have been attributed to a natural phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_93


Year: 1133, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 80 (7A3F279B)

Date: 8/12/1133
Location: Japan
Description: A large silvery object reportedly descended close to the ground in a close encounter. However, due to the lack of an actual quote, the details of this case are uncertain and should be taken with reservations.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_94


Year: 1142, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 81 (EA976F4F)

Date: 1142
Location: Bohemia, Czechoslovakia
Description: A sighting of a flying phenomenon resembling a "flying dragon" occurred over Bohemia, similar to a previous case from 1130. The nature of these reports suggests possible natural phenomena or misinterpretations.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_95


Year: 1155, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 82 (24FCC4C1)

Date: 1155
Location: Rome, Italy
Description: During the coronation of Federico Barbarossa by Pope Eugene III, three lights and a cross formed by stars were observed in the sky. This event took place during a significant historical moment and was marked by the appearance of these celestial phenomena.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_96


Year: 1161, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 83 (9D848D87)

Date: 1161
Location: Thann, Alsace, France
Description: In the village of Thann, three lights or luminous objects were witnessed in the sky by the Lord of Engelburg. This event occurred in conjunction with the theft of a relic from the body of Saint Ubald by a servant, who hid it in a walking stick planted next to a pine tree. The three aerial lights were observed hovering over the tree, and the next day, the servant found his stick immobilized. The phenomenon left a lasting impression, leading to the construction of a chapel to commemorate the event. To this day, the "cremation des trois sapins" celebration occurs annually in Thann, involving the burning of three fir-trees to honor the foundation legend.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_97


Year: 1167, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 84 (26D1DBC3)

Date: 12/25/1167
Location: England
Description: On Christmas Day, two "fiery stars" were observed in the western sky. According to Nicholas Trivetus' account in the Annales, one of the stars was large, and the other was small. Initially appearing as one unit, they later separated distinctly and remained visible for an extended period. The sighting, witnessed during the watch night (vigilia) of the Lord's Nativity, holds historical significance, although the exact location in England where this event took place remains uncertain.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_98


Year: 1169, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 85 (7A3DF93A)

Date: 1169
Location: China
Description: During a thunderstorm in the fifth year of the K'ien Tao era (now known as Qiandao), two dragons were witnessed engaged in a battle in the sky. As they departed, pearls resembling carriage wheels fell from the sky and landed on the ground. This event is recorded in the history of the Song Dynasty and highlights a remarkable celestial occurrence involving dragon-like creatures and the unusual appearance of pearls.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_99


Year: 1171, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 86 (1FAD0DFB)

Date: 1171
Location: Teruel, Aragon, Spain
Description: During the Reconquest of Spain, King Alfonso II and his soldiers witnessed a perplexing event. While advancing towards Teruel, they observed a wandering bull accompanied by a luminous, star-like object in the sky. According to local tradition, this celestial phenomenon was interpreted as a sign, prompting the warriors to disregard the king's orders. Guided by their dreams and the enigmatic display, they established a new town by capturing the fortress of Teruel, an event that continues to be depicted on the town's emblem featuring a bull and a star. This blending of historical events and legendary symbolism underscores the significance of celestial occurrences in shaping historical narratives.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_100


Year: 1178, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 87 (C4A05400)

Date: 6/18/1178
Location: Canterbury, England
Description: Gervase of Canterbury documented a remarkable celestial event around an hour after sunset. Observers witnessed the upper horn of the bright new moon suddenly splitting into two, with a flaming torch erupting from the division point. The moon appeared to writhe and throb, emitting fire, hot coals, and sparks, a phenomenon that recurred multiple times and turned the moon blackish along its length. While some theories linked this event to the lunar crater Giordano Bruno's formation, later calculations challenged this explanation due to the potential catastrophic effects it would have had on Earth. The precise nature of the phenomenon witnessed by Gervase's contemporaries remains a mystery, raising questions about its true origin and implications.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_101


Year: 1180, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 88 (015F78FC)

Date: 10/27/1180 (approximate)
Location: KII SANCHI, NARA, JAPAN
Description: Glowing 'pot' flies and maneuvers between mountains. Going quickly south. / Belgian UFO Society (SOBEPS) IFS#23.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: DIMENSIONS, A Casebook of Alien Contact Ballentine, NY 1989. PB (Index 10)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_11

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, MID: Likely mis-identification, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Japan", Credibility: "5", Duration: "8", HatchDesc: "KII SANCHI,NARA,JAPAN:GLOWING 'POT' FLIES+MNVRS BTWN Mtns:>>S:/SOBEPS IFS#23", LatLong: "34.000002 135.672229", LatLongDMS: "34:00:00 N 135:40:20 E", Locale: "Mountains", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Honshu Island", Strangeness: "6"

Event 89 (E4CEE47D)

Date: 10/27/1180
Location: Kii Sanchi, Nara, Japan
Description: Witnesses reported observing a luminous "earthenware vessel," potentially resembling a saucer, maneuvering in the sky between Kyushu's mountains. The object altered its trajectory, moving northeast towards Mount Fukuhara, then sharply changing course to the south before disappearing, leaving behind a glowing trail. The description hints at a possible unidentified flying object encounter during this historical event.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_102


Year: 1182, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 90 (02B7559A)

Date: 1182
Location: Friesland, Holland
Description: According to the chronicler Winsemius, a peculiar sighting occurred involving the appearance of four suns in the sky along with a group of armed men. Additionally, there were reports of a rain of blood. This historical account describes an anomalous atmospheric phenomenon that intrigued witnesses during that time.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_103


Year: 1185, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 91 (AEFC8EC0)

Date: 1185
Location: Mount Nyoigadake, Japan
Description: Fishermen reported witnessing an unusual event where red beams appeared behind the mountain, followed by the sighting of a luminous wheel-like object flying across the sky and eventually entering the sea. This mysterious phenomenon caught the attention of the witnesses and remains an intriguing account of a pre-industrial anomalous sighting.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_104


Year: 1186, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 92 (AFEC2999)

Date: 8/9/1186
Time: 14:00
Location: DUNSTABLE, BEDFORDS
Description: Many observer(s) amazed. 'Sky opens up'. Huge cross hovers till midnight.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 23)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_12

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "8", Duration: "88", HatchDesc: "DUNSTABLE,BEDFORDs:MANY OBS AMAZED:'SKY OPENS UP':HUGE CROSS HVRS TILL MIDNITE", LatLong: "51.883336 -0.450000", LatLongDMS: "51:53:00 N 00:27:00 W", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "7"


Year: 1189, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 93 (EC50E924)

Date: 8/9/1189
Location: Dunstaple, Bedfordshire, England
Description: In the afternoon, numerous astonished observers witnessed a remarkable event as the sky seemed to "open up," revealing a large cross and the image of a crucified man, resembling church depictions of Christ. This awe-inspiring vision lingered in the clear atmosphere, captivating those who looked up. The cross eventually separated from the crucified figure, leaving a gap between them before vanishing entirely. Chronicler William of Newburgh documented this prodigious occurrence, alongside other accounts like those by writers Thomas Wykes, Wilhelmus Parvus, and Walther of Hermingford, in their historical and philosophical writings.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_105


Year: 1193, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 94 (B54B0C4C)

Date: 6/7/1193
Location: London, England
Description: On the 7th of June, around 6 o'clock, a dense black cloud emerged in the sky despite the clear sunshine. Within the heart of the cloud, an aperture formed, from which a brilliant white ball of light emerged. This luminous sphere remained suspended like a hovering orb beneath the dark cloud, positioned over the Thames River near the Bishop of Norwich's Palace.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_106


Year: 1200, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 95 (2EAB77AE)

Date: Late 12/1200
Location: Yorkshire, England
Description: During the third year of King John's reign, an extraordinary phenomenon occurred in Yorkshire. Five moons were reported to have appeared in the sky, arranged in formation - one each in the East, West, North, and South, with the fifth moon positioned amidst the others. This central moon was surrounded by numerous blazing stars, and it encircled the other moons five or six times over the course of about an hour before disappearing shortly thereafter.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_107


Year: 1224, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 96 (A0FD34B4)

Date: 9/14/1224
Location: Mount Alverne, Italy
Description: Brother Leo's account describes a mystical event atop Mount Alverne. As St. Francis of Assisi engaged in conversation with an unseen entity, Brother Leo observed a suspended ball of light above him. During this interaction, voices exchanged questions and answers. St. Francis, in a humble manner, repeated inquiries about his identity and that of the divine. St. Francis extended his hand into his bosom thrice, reaching toward the light, which eventually vanished along with the conversation. This incident serves as a unique link between atmospheric lights, luminous ground-level orbs, and the concept of ethereal communication.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_108


Year: 1232, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 97 (655E220D)

Date: 5/3/1232
Location: Caravaca, Spain
Description: Luminous occurrences accompanied the descent of a double-armed cross, believed to have been brought down by an entity resembling an angel. This event, steeped in religious significance, has endured as a legend, recounted by various authors. The 13th-century Franciscan Juan Gil (Egidio) de Zamora's account holds particular authority. He narrates that two angels conveyed the cross into the church. Presently, the fate of the original artifact is uncertain; the cross on display in Caravaca's sanctuary is a replica, as the original was likely stolen in 1934, potentially by a cult.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_109


Year: 1235, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 98 (80CDB668)

Date: 9/24/1235
Time: ~22:00
Location: JAPAN / LOCATION UNKNOWN
Description: Night lights and fireballs overhead all night. 'Wind making stars sway' / Belgian UFO Society (SOBEPS) IFS#23.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: DIMENSIONS, A Casebook of Alien Contact Ballentine, NY 1989. PB (Index 11)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_13

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), NWS: News media report, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, HST: Historical account, MIL: Military investigation, COV: Indication of coverup

Extra Data: Country: "Japan", Credibility: "8", Duration: "88", HatchDesc: "JAPAN/LOC UNK:NLTS+FBLS OVHD ALL NITE:'WIND MAKING STARS SWAY'/SOBEPS IFS#23", LatLong: "37.016668 140.000007", LatLongDMS: "37:01:00 N 140:00:00 E", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Honshu Island", Strangeness: "5"

Event 99 (C2BB9264)

Date: 10/2/1235
Time: 20:00
Location: Japan
Description: At around 8 P.M. under clear skies, Suketoshi Abe, a fortune teller and advisor to Shogun Yoritsune Fujiwara, informed the palace of peculiar luminous phenomena observed in the southwest. These enigmatic lights were witnessed swaying and encircling in the sky throughout the night. In response, Yoritsune initiated an inquiry, engaging his astrology consultants skilled in astronomy. These experts dismissed the phenomenon as mere star movement caused by the wind, even suggesting that Abe should apologize. Yasutoki Houjo, a high-ranking government official, rejected this assertion.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_110


Year: 1237, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 100 (562BA74A)

Date: 1237
Location: El Puig, Valencia
Description: Over the course of four consecutive Saturdays, a sequence of seven unexplained lights manifested in the night sky. The lights appeared to descend from above, entering the earth at a specific location. As recounted in Tirso de Molina's Historia de la Orden de la Merced, these luminous stars descended atop the summit near the El Puig fortress. Guards stationed there reported the phenomenon to Pedro Nolasco and the mayor. Intrigued by the possible significance, they investigated the site and unearthed a hidden treasure: a bell and a sculpted image of the Virgin Mary. Grateful for these gifts, Nolasco later constructed an altar at the site, attributing the findings to angelic intervention or divine providence.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_111


Year: 1239, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 101 (C4DBA24E)

Date: 7/24/1239
Location: France
Description: During the evening twilight, in clear and serene skies, an extraordinary event unfolded. A large star-like object emerged, resembling a torch, ascending from the south. Alongside it, a substantial light emanated at a higher altitude. The object altered its course, shifting toward the north in the higher regions of the sky. The peculiar pattern of movement, distinct from natural occurrences, suggests that this phenomenon was not a conventional star but rather an anomalous sighting.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_112


Year: 1252, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 102 (1188D56D)

Date: 1252
Location: Padua, Italy
Description: Recorded in the Cronaca di Rolandino da Padova, an intriguing event is recounted by a witness. A massive star-like object, similar to a comet but without a tail, appeared as a remarkable and portentous phenomenon. Its size approached that of the moon, and it exhibited swifter movement than the moon, resembling the speed of falling stars. Lasting for an hour, the object disappeared after its observation. The description distinguishes it from comets or meteors, suggesting it was an exceptional and distinct occurrence.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_113


Year: 1253, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 103 (D43809F0)

Date: 10/14/1253
Location: England
Description: Nicholas of Findern relayed an extraordinary account to Burton Abbey. As vespers approached and the sky remained clear, a significant luminous star emerged from a dark cloud, accompanied by two smaller stars nearby. An intense celestial conflict unfolded, resembling a battle, with the smaller stars repeatedly engaging the larger one. This skirmish caused the prominent star to diminish in size, while sparks of fire emanated from the celestial combatants. This puzzling spectacle continued for a substantial duration, leaving onlookers both amazed and fearful. In their confusion and ignorance of its significance, the observers eventually fled the scene.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_114


Year: 1254, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 104 (618322D7)

Date: 1/1/1254
Time: 23:50
Location: ST. ALBANS ABBEY, HERTFS
Description: Date exact. Many observer(s). Large elegant ship. Paris also. / IFS#23.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 11)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_14

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "3", Duration: "30", HatchDesc: "ST ALBANS ABBEY,HERTFs:DATE EXACT:MANY OBS:LRG ELEGANT SHIP:PARIS ALSO:/IFS#23", LatLong: "51.733336 -0.333333", LatLongDMS: "51:44:00 N 00:20:00 W", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1269, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 105 (47359A2D)

Date: 12/6/1269
Time: ~18:00
Location: KRAKOW, POLAND
Description: Many observer(s). Cross-shape lights town like a strong projector. / Cromer.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 23)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_15

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, BLD: Building/man-made structure/roads/power lines

Extra Data: Country: "Poland", Credibility: "7", Duration: "2", HatchDesc: "KRAKOW,POLAND:MANY OBS:CROSS-SHAPE LITES TOWN LIKE A STRONG PROJECTOR:/CROMER", LatLong: "50.100002 20.016668", LatLongDMS: "50:06:00 N 20:01:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Krakow", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1271, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 106 (0F215EBC)

Date: 9/12/1271
Time: ~12:00
Location: JAPAN / LOCATION UNKNOWN
Description: Sudden 'extra moon'. Panic stops execution of priest / r186 #23.
Type: sighting
Reference: EMENEGGER, Robert: UFO'S PAST PRESENT & FUTURE; Ballentine Books 1974. (Index 6)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_16

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Japan", Credibility: "5", Duration: "15", HatchDesc: "JAPAN/LOC UNK:SUDDEN 'EXTRA MOON':PANIC STOPS EXECUTION OF PRIEST./r186 #23", LatLong: "37.000002 140.000007", LatLongDMS: "37:00:00 N 140:00:00 E", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Honshu Island", Strangeness: "6"

Event 107 (8BC8C83D)

Date: 9/12/1271
Time: 12:00
Location: Japan
Description: At the stroke of midnight, Nichiren Shonin, one of Japan's prominent saints, was being led to the beach for execution. However, a momentous intervention occurred just before his impending fate. A radiant sphere, comparable in size to the moon, soared across the sky, illuminating the surroundings. The extraordinary sight struck fear into the hearts of the authorities, leading them to reconsider their decision to execute Shonin. Instead, they opted to exile him to Sado Island. Despite his exile, Shonin's teachings endured, and a branch of his doctrines, the Sokka-Gakkei, now boasts a substantial global following.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_115


Year: 1273, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 108 (466EC503)

Date: 1273
Location: Naples, Italy
Description: During an illness that occurred around the year before his death, St. Thomas Aquinas returned to Naples for a brief stay. According to his biography, while he was there, two monks observed an unusual event. A substantial light, likened to a large star, entered the room through a window. This luminous entity briefly rested on the head of the ailing man before vanishing in the same manner it had appeared. While the connection with ufology is debated, researchers exploring abduction phenomena have shown heightened interest in such narratives.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_116


Year: 1277, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 109 (3BD2D102)

Date: 6/3/1277
Location: China
Description: Liou Ying, a Yuan Dynasty poet, detailed an extraordinary dawn event in a poem titled "Event Seen at Dawn." The poet described witnessing a remarkably bright star crossing the Milky Way, followed by the appearance of three luminous objects in the southern sky. Two of these objects vanished, while the remaining one displayed five exceptional lights underneath and a dome-like structure above. The enigmatic object exhibited zigzag movement akin to a falling leaf, and a fiery object descended from the sky. As the sun rose, its radiance was obscured by the swift-moving luminous object heading north. A green cloud in the western sky was disturbed by another oval-shaped, flame-surrounded object that rapidly descended and ascended. Liou Ying documented this surreal occurrence, seeking explanation for the mesmerizing spectacle.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_117


Year: 1284, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 110 (8751CD70)

Date: 1284
Location: Saint Rufiino, Parma, Italy
Description: The Chronicon Parmesan, authored by the Franciscan monk Salimbene de Adam, recounted a remarkable occurrence. On 6 August 1284, the naval battle of Meloria between Genoa and Pisa took place. However, in the town of Saint Rufiino, within Parma's diocese, some women engaged in washing linen at night observed an extraordinary event. Two sizable stars were seen approaching each other in the sky, then moving apart, only to collide again repeatedly, chasing one another. This celestial phenomenon appeared to foreshadow and announce the forthcoming battle and its tragic outcome between the Genoese and Pisan forces.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_118


Year: 1294, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 111 (85F81510)

Date: 8/3/1294
Location: Japan
Description: Amidst a parade, an intriguing event unfolded. A red shining object emerged, seemingly originating from a shrine. Resembling the Moon, this object traversed the sky in a northerly direction. While the precise location remains unspecified, this sighting of a luminous and enigmatic object during a public event offers a glimpse into historical anomalous occurrences.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_119


Year: 1295, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 112 (C79E669E)

Date: 5/1295
Location: Hing, China
Description: In the fifth month of the year yih-wei, an unusual event transpired. A phenomenon characterized by a powerful wind riding on the water occurred, reaching considerable heights. Subsequently, more than ten fireballs, resembling houses in size, descended from the sky. These fireballs were described as dragons. In response to their descent, two dragons swiftly ascended to the sky, driven away by sacred fire sent by Heaven, supposedly to prevent potential calamity. Cheu Mih, the 14th-century chronicler, noted another incident involving a dragonfall, during which a dragon fell and was subsequently burned by terrestrial fire, indicating the dragons' aversion to fire.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_120


Year: 1296, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 113 (CD59CA13)

Date: 9/8/1296
Location: Loreto, Italy
Description: In the period before dawn, an extraordinary event unfolded in the skies over Loreto. Repeatedly, enigmatic globes of light manifested, displaying a peculiar behavior of descending, stopping, and suddenly vanishing. This phenomenon was observed by a hermit named Paul Selva, who later documented his experiences in a letter addressed to Charles II in June 1297. These luminous manifestations took on an elliptical shape. Mantovano, a writer who sourced information from records dating back to 1300, described the phenomenon as a brilliantly bright comet-like object, measuring twelve feet in length and six in width. However, the object's characteristics clearly distinguished it from a conventional comet.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_121


Year: 1299, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 114 (F925C07F)

Date: 12/24/1299
Location: Tier (Treves), Germany
Description: The Chronicle of the Archbishops of Trier, known as the Gesta Trevirensium Archiepiscoporum, documents an intriguing celestial occurrence. Employing the term "cometa," which could signify various luminous sky objects rather than solely a comet as defined today, the chronicle describes an unusual phenomenon. Just past midnight, during misty and frosty conditions, a comet-like object emerged in the sky, resembling the size of the moon and radiating a fiery red hue. This object persisted for an hour before vanishing. Subsequently, two more comets manifested in quick succession, positioned near each other and resembling the earlier one in size and color. These too swiftly disappeared. A third appearance followed after a brief interval, mirroring its predecessors in size and color, and similarly vanished promptly. The peculiar behavior of these objects deviates from conventional celestial patterns.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_122


Year: 1320, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 115 (BA698A66)

Date: 1320
Location: Saint Leonard, Durham, England
Description: Following the passing of the Abbott of Saint Gregory monastery, a remarkable occurrence unfolded. An unidentified object, described as "a great light," illuminated the sky above his burial site in Saint Leonard. This luminous phenomenon initially hovered at a higher altitude before descending, moving away, and ultimately vanishing. The event's symbolic significance and interpretation leave room for debate regarding its potential connection to ufology or other mysterious phenomena.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_123


Year: 1322, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 116 (F2AC946E)

Date: 11/4/1322
Time: ~19:00
Location: UXBRIDGE, ENGL
Description: Big pillar / fire. Rises going south. Fireball / front shoots beams. Turns going north and away.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 23)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_17

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "6", Duration: "9", HatchDesc: "UXBRIDGE,ENGL:BIG PILLAR/FIRE:RISES > S:FBL/FRONT SHOOTS BEAMS:TURNS>N+AWAY", LatLong: "51.533336 -0.450000", LatLongDMS: "51:32:00 N 00:27:00 W", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "5"

Event 117 (73E95EC4)

Date: 11/4/1322
Location: Uxbridge, England
Description: During the first hour of the night, a remarkable celestial event occurred over Uxbridge. A pillar of fire, resembling a small boat in size, appeared in the sky with a pale and livid hue. This column of light ascended from the south, traversed the heavens with deliberate and solemn movement, and proceeded northward. A fervent red flame emerged from the front of the pillar, accompanied by intense beams of light. The object's speed increased as it flew through the air, leading to reported collisions and the sounds of impactful crashes in the distance. The object's slow and deliberate motion contradicts characteristics of comets or meteors, raising questions about its nature.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_124


Year: 1347, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 118 (99DD07C7)

Date: 1347
Location: Florence, Italy
Description: Approximate date. During the period of the Black Plague between 1347 and 1350, strange cigar-shaped objects are reported to have been observed crossing the sky at a leisurely pace, sometimes flying at low altitudes and emitting a disconcerting mist. Writer Gianfranco degli Esposti suggests a connection between these objects and the outbreak of the Black Plague, noting that the epidemic emerged soon after these unusual sightings. In Florence, a vast mass of vapors emerged from the northern sky, subsequently spreading across the land. Additionally, many animals reportedly fell from the sky in the East during the same year, releasing decaying carcasses that contributed to foul air and the rapid spread of the deadly disease. The Black Plague claimed a significant number of lives, particularly in Florence where it caused the death of 60,000 people.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_125


Year: 1349, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 119 (99AA5285)

Date: 7/20/1349
Location: Japan
Description: In an unspecified location, two luminous objects materialized in the sky, emerging respectively from the southeast and northwest. These objects engaged in a dramatic and forceful collision, seemingly performing intricate maneuvers, including acrobatic movements, while emitting flashes of light. The nature of this unusual event, characterized by the appearance and interaction of these shining objects, remains enigmatic and intriguing.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_126


Year: 1355, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 120 (EF68B4A6)

Date: 2/5/1355
Location: Suzhou (Pingjiang), Jiangsu province, China
Description: A puzzling event occurred, marked by a significant noise originating from the sky. This phenomenon was accompanied by the sighting of a large, black cloud illuminated by flames and lights. The cloud was peculiarly laden with what appeared to be troops. This anomalous occurrence also resulted in substantial physical destruction. The enigmatic nature of these events raises questions about their origin and purpose.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_127


Year: 1360, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 121 (B0B5025C)

Date: Summer 1360
Location: England and France
Description: During this season, in desolate regions of both England and France, a peculiar phenomenon unfolded. Two towers suddenly materialized in the sky, visible to many. From these towers emerged two distinct armies. One of these armies bore a warlike emblem on their headgear, while the other was clad in black. A subsequent encounter saw the warrior forces triumphing over the black-clad contingent, before returning to their respective tower. The entire spectacle then disappeared, leaving behind a baffling and unexplained event of armies and towers in the sky.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_128


Year: 1361, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 122 (F99AFE99)

Date: 1361
Location: Yamaguchi Prefecture, Western Japan
Description: An intriguing account describes an incident where a drum-shaped object, measuring around six meters in diameter, emerged from the sea. This enigmatic object took flight, passing overhead in a westerly direction. While an exact reference to this event has not been identified, its widespread mention across databases and websites has contributed to its inclusion within anomalous sighting records. The peculiar nature of a drum-like object emerging from the sea and taking flight raises questions about the event's origin and meaning.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_129

Event 123 (FAACBEE6)

Date: 1/1361?
Location: OFF WEST JAPAN
Description: Date unknown. 6M "drum shaped object" emerges from sea and flies away. No further details.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: PASSPORT TO MAGONIA; H. Regnery, Chicago HC 1969 & Contemporary Books,Chicago 1993. 372pp. (Index 0)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_18

Attributes: SEA: Observer(s) at sea, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, SUB: Submersible: Rises from or submerges into water, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground, TCH: New technical details/clues, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Japan", Credibility: "5", Duration: "15", Elev: "0", HatchDesc: "OFF W JAPAN:DATE UNK:6M "DRUM SHAPED OBJ" EMERGES FROM SEA+FLIES AWAY:NFD", LatLong: "37.000002 134.833340", LatLongDMS: "37:00:00 N 134:50:00 E", Locale: "Offshore", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "SEA", Strangeness: "7"


Year: 1382, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 124 (A8ABE006)

Date: 2/1382
Location: Paris, France
Description: In the lead-up to the Maillets uprising, an extraordinary event unfolded. Over a span of eight days, a fiery and flashing globe of light was observed. This luminous phenomenon exhibited a unique behavior, moving from door to door above the city of Paris. Notably, this roaming globe did not coincide with any wind agitation, lightning, or thunderous noise. Despite its dazzling presence, the weather remained consistently calm and serene throughout this remarkable occurrence.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_130


Year: 1384, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 125 (EC827139)

Date: 1384
Location: Caravaca, Spain
Description: In 1384, an unusual occurrence involving aerial lights took place. As the Caravaca cross was being transported from the village of Caravaca in Murcia to Lorca y Totan, two lights in the sky were observed accompanying the cross-bearers throughout the journey. These lights persisted until the cross was in its intended location, suggesting a connection between the lights and the holy relic. The Caravaca cross itself was surrounded by various legends and stories of miraculous events, including teleportation and instances of attracting luminous phenomena.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_131


Year: 1385, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 126 (2B19551B)

Date: 7/15/1385
Location: London and Dover, England
Description: A remarkable event occurred simultaneously in both London and Dover. Following sunset, a peculiar phenomenon manifested in the southern skies, resembling a head-shaped fire. This fiery shape extended towards the northern part of the heavens and then proceeded to divide itself into three distinct parts. These segments of light exhibited movement akin to a bird in flight. Eventually, the three parts merged back into one, and the entire spectacle vanished suddenly. The nature and behavior of these lights remain mysterious and unexplained.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_132


Year: 1387, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 127 (47763ABF)

Date: 10/14/1387
Time: 06:00
Location: DERBYSHIRE AND LEICS COS, ENGL
Description: Fiery wheel / barrel spins. Strong rays. Cloud dumps 'blood'.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 23)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_19

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, SIG: Signals/responses to/from/between UFO's/occupants/observers, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "8", Duration: "53", Elev: "150", HatchDesc: "DERBYs+LEICs cos,ENGL:FIERY WHEEL/BARREL SPINS:STRONG RAYS:CLOUD DUMPS 'BLOOD'", LatLong: "53.000003 -1.500000", LatLongDMS: "53:00:00 N 01:30:00 W", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "8"

Event 128 (053E4B97)

Date: 10/14/1387
Location: Leicester and Derbyshire, England
Description: A remarkable phenomenon akin to fire was observed in multiple locations across the kingdom of England. This appearance displayed varying forms, shifting from one to another, over the course of several months, particularly in November and December. The diverse forms included a burning revolving wheel, a round barrel emitting flames from above, and a long fiery beam. This phenomenon persisted through a substantial part of the winter, with heightened activity notably observed in the counties of Leicester and Northants. The true nature of this event, marked by its fire-like shapes, remains enigmatic.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_133


Year: 1388, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 129 (1256F5EB)

Date: 1/8/1388
Time: ~23:00
Location: RAGUSA, ITALY
Description: Several friars. Luminous bodies fly single file / 1 hour. / Belgian UFO Society (SOBEPS) r186#23.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 18)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_20

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Italy", Credibility: "6", Duration: "60", Elev: "502", HatchDesc: "RAGUSA,ITALY:SVRL FRIARS:LUM.BODIES FLY SINGLE FILE/1 HOUR:/SOBEPS r186#23", LatLong: "36.966668 14.683334", LatLongDMS: "36:58:00 N 14:41:00 E", Locale: "Mountains", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Ragusa", Strangeness: "4"


Year: 1390, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 130 (A723C7D7)

Date: 1390
Location: Bologna, Italy
Description: A peculiar incident is reported involving an observer of the Asinelli Tower. The guardian of the tower reportedly witnessed a rotating "ball of fire" hovering above the roofs. Intriguingly, within this fiery object, the faces of some devils were discerned, seemingly attempting to peer outside. The nature and origin of this phenomenon, characterized by the presence of unknown creatures and a fiery vehicle, remain shrouded in mystery, offering a glimpse into the enigmatic anomalies witnessed during that time.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_134

Event 131 (36BFE92C)

Date: 1/26/1390
Location: Messina, Sicily, Italy
Description: An intriguing event occurred in Messina during the night hours. An unusual sight was witnessed as a light descended from the sky above the Cross, positioned atop the dome of the Monastery of the Fathers of St. Salvadore. This phenomenon left the monks in astonishment, though the exact duration of the sighting was uncertain. The light, observed for around half an hour, eventually ascended back into the heavens. Given the prolonged duration and distinct behavior, this event stands out as uncommon and distinct from typical meteor phenomena.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_135


Year: 1394, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 132 (14457125)

Date: 9/2/1394
Location: Forli, Italy
Description: During the second hour of the night, observers in Forli witnessed an immense celestial object, referred to as an "asub," moving slowly across the sky. The event lasted for approximately the time it would take to say two "Paternoster" prayers. Witnesses reported a distinct smell resembling burning wood, and some accounts even mentioned the object remaining stationary in the sky for a period of time. The unusual characteristics of the sighting and its duration make it unlikely to be a conventional astronomical or meteorological occurrence.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_137

Event 133 (CE7DCDD9)

Date: Winter 1394
Location: England
Description: Historical accounts, including Raphael Holinshed's chronicle, report a strange phenomenon in various parts of England. During the night, a fiery apparition resembling a wheel or barrel of fire was seen by many. This enigmatic object exhibited peculiar behavior, often accompanying individuals and remaining stationary when they did. The descriptions vary, depicting the object as a turning wheel, a round barrel emitting flames at its head, or even a long burning lance. The nature of this phenomenon, with its persistent presence and distinctive attributes, contrasts with typical meteoric occurrences.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_136


Year: 1395, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 134 (E2323DB6)

Date: 1395
Location: Languedoc, France
Description: Witnesses reported a peculiar aerial event where a large star and five smaller ones were observed in the sky. The smaller stars appeared to engage in a sort of combat with the larger one, chasing it for about half an hour. An audible voice was also heard from the sky. During the event, a figure resembling a man made of copper was seen, wielding a spear and emitting fire. This figure apparently grabbed the large star, struck it, and following this interaction, the phenomenon ceased. The strange and detailed nature of the account makes it unlikely to be a typical astronomical occurrence.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_138


Year: 1408, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 135 (E9E078CB)

Date: 9/16/1408
Location: Rome, Italy
Description: Three "stars" were observed flying over Rome in a formation. Antonio Di Pietro, a Vatican canon, documented the incident in his Diarium Romanum (Diary of Rome), noting that the event occurred after sunset. One large, beautiful star appeared to originate from the sky of Tarrione, moving towards Castel Sant' Angel, accompanied by two smaller, bright stars. The spectacle left observers greatly surprised. While the phenomenon could be interpreted as an unconventional meteor train, the simultaneous appearance of multiple bright objects flying in formation adds an unusual element to the account.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_139


Year: 1415, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 136 (0D5FF3A1)

Date: 10/25/1415
Time: 12:00?
Location: AGINCOURT, FR
Description: Fast fireballs strike with a disabling beam French troops. Henry V wins historic battle.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 23)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_21

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), MID: Likely mis-identification, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, ANI: Animals affected or injuries/marks, HUM: Humans affected: Injury/burns/marks/abduction/death, HST: Historical account, INJ: Injuries, illness/death, mutilations

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "6", Duration: "30", HatchDesc: "AGINCOURT,FR:FAST FBLS ZAP FRENCH TROOPS:HENRY V WINS HISTORIC BATTLE", LatLong: "50.455558 2.127778", LatLongDMS: "50:27:20 N 02:07:40 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Pas-de-Calais", Strangeness: "4"


Year: 1420, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 137 (688232BD)

Date: 7/1420
Location: Castle Godego, Treviso, Italy
Description: Hungarian merchant Peter Tagliamento was leading cattle to Bassano del Grappa when he lost his way in a dense area near Castel di Godego. Amid shadows and silence, he prayed for help and was suddenly greeted by a brilliant light. In this light, he saw a beautiful young woman who guided him to the road and requested the construction of a chapel at the site. She left a cross in the ground as evidence of her visit. Though met with skepticism at first, the cross's discovery convinced the community of Godego to build the chapel, becoming a focal point for solemn processions.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_140


Year: 1428, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 138 (6E873127)

Date: 3/3/1428
Time: 01:30
Location: Forli, Italy
Description: Around 1:30 A.M., a fiery lamp resembling a tower-shaped flame was observed in the sky for approximately two hours. The city archives also document the sighting of a very high flame resembling a column of fire ascending into the air.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_141


Year: 1433, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 139 (54E6BE81)

Date: 1/5/1433
Location: NICE, FR
Description: St. Boniface Manuscript v2p397. Luminous globe appears / sky / several hours. No further details.
Type: sighting
Reference: LDLN CONTACT LECTEURS: by Series and #. May'68 -JAN'72 (Entire set of 18 issues) LDLN local chapters & individual members' UFO reports. (Index 14)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_22

Attributes: CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "8", Duration: "44", Elev: "10", HatchDesc: "NICE,FR:St.BONIFACE MANUSCRIPT.v2p397:LUMn.GLOBE APPEARS/SKY/SVRL HRS:NFD", LatLong: "43.716669 7.250000", LatLongDMS: "43:43:00 N 07:15:00 E", Locale: "Coastlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", RelAlt: "99", State/Prov: "Alpes Maritimes", Strangeness: "6"

Event 140 (D1600574)

Date: 1/5/1433
Location: Nice, France
Description: A luminous globe appeared in the sky and remained visible for several hours. This phenomenon was reported by Abbe Joseph Bonifacy, who noted the presence of the luminous globe in the air on that specific date.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_142


Year: 1444, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 141 (7E11C2BB)

Date: 6/1444
Location: Bibbiena, Arezzo, Italy
Description: Witnesses reported sightings of unexplained golden globes of light over a period of three months. These lights were observed both inside and outside a church. Don Massimo, a Benedictine monk, documented the sightings and described the globes as thick as a printing press. Lorenzo Piovano of Bibbiena also witnessed the lights, which emitted a remarkable sweetness. While some individuals did not see the lights, they did notice the distinctive scent described by witnesses.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_143


Year: 1453, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 142 (7B34AB57)

Date: 5/29/1453
Location: Constantinople
Description: During the siege by the Turks, a phenomenon of descending fire from the sky was witnessed every night over the city. Initially interpreted as a sign of God's wrath and impending destruction, the Christians later perceived it as a sign of divine support due to their early success against the Turks. The phenomenon's behavior changed on the night before the Turks were planning to lift the siege – the heavenly sign appeared to be far away, scattered quickly, and then vanished, leading the sultan and his court to experience joy.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_144


Year: 1456, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 143 (7EB557F0)

Date: Late 12/1456
Location: Piacenza, Italy
Description: The Annali Piacentini by Antonio da Ripalta records the appearance of four remarkable stars that moved from east to west in a configuration almost resembling a cross.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_145


Year: 1458, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 144 (FF309386)

Date: 3/7/1458
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Description: Five "stars" were observed circling the moon, undergoing three color changes before suddenly disappearing.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_146

Event 145 (5365000B)

Date: 3/17/1458 (approximate)
Location: JAPAN / LOCATION UNKNOWN
Description: 5 'stars' appear. Circle the moon. Change colors 3 times.. vanish.
Type: sighting
Reference: EMENEGGER, Robert: UFO'S PAST PRESENT & FUTURE; Ballentine Books 1974. (Index 6)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_23

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Japan", Credibility: "5", Duration: "15", HatchDesc: "JAPAN/LOC UNK:5 'STARS' APPEAR:CIRCLE THE MOON:CHANGE COLORS 3 TIMES..VANISH.", LatLong: "35.850002 139.666673", LatLongDMS: "35:51:00 N 139:40:00 E", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Honshu Island", Strangeness: "5"


Year: 1461, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 146 (DD94D81F)

Date: 10/1461
Location: Metz, France
Description: Between Saint Remy's day (October 1st) and All Saints' Day (November 1st), numerous large and marvelous firebrands were observed in the air, lasting for about 7.5 minutes each time and seen twice. Some witnesses also reported seeing what appeared to be a battle with accompanying noise. While the meteor showers Draconids and Orionids could have caused the visual phenomenon, the reported noise and uproar suggest a more complex event.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_147

Event 147 (E8EA902D)

Date: 11/1/1461
Location: ARRAS, FRANCE
Description: Fiery rod hovers / 15 minute(s). Suddenly spirals and twists upward and gone! / IFS#23.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 11)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_24

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "4", Duration: "15", HatchDesc: "ARRAS,FRANCE:FIERY ROD HVRS/15min:SUDDENLY SPIRALS+TWISTS UPWARD+GONE!:/IFS#23", LatLong: "50.300002 2.766667", LatLongDMS: "50:18:00 N 02:46:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Pas-de-Calais", Strangeness: "6"

Event 148 (CA5304ED)

Date: 11/1/1461
Description: A fiery rod or cylinder hovered for 15 minutes over the town of Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France. It suddenly spiraled and twisted upward and was gone.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Data-Net Report, May 1970; Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 7
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_7362

Event 149 (7F1BC69B)

Date: 11/1/1461
Location: Arras, France
Description: On All Saints Day, an unusual object resembling burning steel was witnessed in the sky. It was as large as half the moon and remained stationary for fifteen minutes before starting to spiral upwards, then rolling and spinning like a loose watch spring. The object eventually disappeared into the sky.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_148


Year: 1465, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 150 (E6028776)

Date: 2/19/1465
Location: Italy
Description: 19-21 February 1465. In the morning at daybreak, several signs were observed in the sky, including a remarkable event on the 19th. A large, flaming ship-like object appeared in the northern sky, and this sighting was repeated on the following days, though not at the same time. These unusual aerial phenomena captured the attention of observers during that period.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_149


Year: 1468, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 151 (97B25F51)

Date: 3/8/1468 (approximate)
Location: MT. KASUGA, JAPAN
Description: Dark object makes 'wheel-like sound'. Flies going quickly west from mountain. No further details.
Type: sighting
Reference: EMENEGGER, Robert: UFO'S PAST PRESENT & FUTURE; Ballentine Books 1974. (Index 7)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_25

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), SND: UFO sounds heard or recorded

Extra Data: Country: "Japan", Credibility: "6", Duration: "1", HatchDesc: "Mt.KASUGA,JAPAN:DARK OBJ MAKES 'WHEEL-LIKE SOUND':FLIES >>W from MOUNTAIN:NFD", LatLong: "35.800002 139.633340", LatLongDMS: "35:48:00 N 139:38:00 E", Locale: "Mountains", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Honshu Island", Strangeness: "4"

Event 152 (DD8CF8E2)

Date: 3/8/1468
Location: Mount Kasuga, Japan
Description: During the nighttime hours, a dark object was observed taking off from Mount Kasuga and flying towards the bay of Osaka. It emitted a sound resembling a spinning wheel as it moved. The estimated size of the object was 9 by 6 feet.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_150


Year: 1477, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 153 (2099D664)

Date: 9/27/1477
Location: Japan
Description: A luminous object was observed traversing the sky, followed by the descent of an unfamiliar cotton-like substance over a span of six hours. The exact nature and origin of the object and substance remained unidentified.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_151


Year: 1478, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 154 (EF839201)

Date: 1478
Location: Milan, Italy
Description: During a battle, two unexplained flying objects are witnessed. An accompanying engraving in Lycosthenes' edition depicts the scene, although it's uncertain whether the image was specifically created for the book or reused from other sources.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_152


Year: 1479, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 155 (1ECBCCF9)

Date: 1479
Location: Arabia
Description: A pointed object resembling a "comet" is observed in the sky. An engraving accompanies the account, but there are doubts about its authenticity and origin, as it looks similar to drawings of multi-stage rockets developed around the same period. The illustration's source and accuracy remain uncertain.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_153


Year: 1482, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 156 (C30A81A5)

Date: 10/18/1482
Location: Albisola, Savona Province, Italy
Description: During a territorial dispute between the villages of Albisola and Stella, a dazzling white cloud appeared in a clear sky. The cloud emitted intense light, seemingly collecting all sunlight, and a clear, sweet voice repeated the word "peace" three times. This sudden phenomenon halted the ongoing battle as fighters were stunned and astonished by the event, leading them to abandon their weapons.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_154


Year: 1487, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 157 (31CFB5D8)

Date: 8/1487
Location: Forli, Italy
Description: Early in the morning, a large star-like object appeared in the sky, resembling a flying butterfly. Witnesses, including peasants with loaded carts heading to Forli, observed this phenomenon as it moved from the mountains towards Ravenna. The object was also described as resembling a floating cartwheel. The event lasted only a short time, intriguing those who saw it and sparking discussions among the witnesses about its nature.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_155


Year: 1491, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 158 (C64FD826)

Date: 1491
Location: Vladimir, Russia
Description: A remarkable event occurred in the city of Vladimir, where witnesses reported seeing a frightful and awe-inspiring apparition in the sky. The event involved the appearance of a figure resembling the Saint Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky rising in the air above a stone church and the abbot's residence. This figure was seen on a white horse, surrounded by a bright, white cloud or thin smoke. The spectacle left the observers frightened, prompting the ringing of bells throughout the city. The event was interpreted as a sign of divine wrath, urging people towards repentance.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_156

Event 159 (0621ACA6)

Date: 8/13/1491
Time: 20:00
Location: MILANO, ITL
Description: Fazio Cardano. 7 small humanoids (or Greys). "Live 300 years.. can't say much / special laws..".
Type: sighting
Reference: Book: BERGIER, Jacques: E.T. VISITATIONS, PREHISTORIC TIMES to the PRESENT; J'ai Ju, France 1970 & H. Regnery, Chicago 1973, Signet, NY 1974. (Milan, 1491 pg 85. Esterhazy, pg 163)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_26

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCI: Scientist involvement, CNT: Contactee related, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NFO: No craft seen, OID: Humanoid: Small alien or "Grey", TCH: New technical details/clues, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Italy", Credibility: "4", Duration: "180", Elev: "122", HatchDesc: "MILANO,ITL:FAZIO CARDANO:7 OIDS:"LIVE 300 YRS..CANT SAY MUCH/SPECIAL LAWS.."", LatLong: "45.466669 9.200000", LatLongDMS: "45:28:00 N 09:12:00 E", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Milano", Strangeness: "9"

Event 160 (91ADAF50)

Date: 8/13/1491
Location: Milan, Italy
Description: Philosopher Facius Cardan had an encounter with seven enigmatic figures in his study. According to his son Jerome, who recorded the event, these beings appeared dressed in silken garments similar to Greek togas, with radiant breastplates and unique undergarments of crimson color. Two of them, seemingly of higher status, were dressed distinctively. These figures claimed to be composed of air and subject to birth and death, though their lifespans exceeded those of humans, potentially reaching three hundred years. During their interaction, they discussed various philosophical topics, including the nature of the universe and the mortality of the soul. The encounter lasted for more than three hours and left Cardan with profound insights and intriguing perspectives.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_157


Year: 1492, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 161 (B33CC3A4)

Date: 10/11/1492
Location: Guanahany, Bahamas
Description: Christopher Columbus and a crew member observed a small light two hours before midnight. Columbus initially saw the light on the quarter-deck, but it appeared so diminutive that he hesitated to confirm it as land. He called upon Pero Gutierrez and Rodrigo Sanchez of Segovia to witness the light, but only Gutierrez could see it from his vantage point. The light seemed to move like a flickering candle, prompting speculation that it might indicate the presence of land. Columbus was convinced that land was nearby and urged his crew to keep a vigilant watch for it. He offered a reward, including a silken jacket, to the first person who spotted land, in addition to the King and Queen's promised annuity.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_158


Year: 1494, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 162 (94C54FC0)

Date: 1494
Location: Apulia, Italy
Description: During the arrival of King Charles VIII in Naples, three suns were reportedly observed in the night sky amidst a cloud-covered backdrop. The phenomenon was accompanied by intense lightning and unsettling thunder, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_159


Year: 1498, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 163 (9FF3D768)

Date: 9/20/1498
Location: Japan
Description: An unidentified bright object resembling an umbrella was sighted crossing the sky accompanied by a rumbling sound.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_160


Year: 1499, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 164 (88A2A787)

Date: 1499
Location: South Atlantic, off Africa
Description: During Pedro Alvares Cabral's expedition, a luminous object was observed in the southern sky for 8 minutes as they sailed around Africa. The object's appearance was followed by a hurricane that caused significant damage to the expedition. While six ships were lost, the remaining seven continued their journey to the Americas, eventually bringing back valuable spices and news of the discovery of Brazil and Madagascar.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_161


Year: 1501, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 165 (D8A5AE1D)

Date: 1501
Location: Between Urbino and Gubbio, central Italy
Description: In 1501, a phenomenon described as a "horrible appearance in the stormy sky" was witnessed between Urbino and Gubbio. This event was reported by the Florentine physician Antonio Benivieni, who noted that it caused many abortions. The description of this event as a "monstrous" occurrence is reminiscent of historical UFO sightings, suggesting a possible connection to unidentified flying objects.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_162


Year: 1504, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 166 (9E200E79)

Date: 9/29/1504
Location: Tirano, Val Poschiavo, Italy
Description: Mario Omodei experienced a remarkable event in his garden at dawn. He was surrounded by a bright light, heard a voice calling his name, and was lifted from the ground. He found himself transported to a location owned by Alojsio Quadrio, where he encountered an even more dazzling vision that he interpreted as the Virgin Mary. This luminous apparition, resembling a 14-year old girl, instructed him to build a temple dedicated to her. The temple was eventually completed in 1513 and consecrated in 1528, following this extraordinary encounter.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_163


Year: 1509, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 167 (B60184D4)

Date: 3/19/1509
Location: Villefranche-du-Rouergue
Description: A man named Collongis encountered an extraordinary event while attempting to free a stuck cart in a river. After praying, he witnessed a being surrounded by blinding light, accompanied by twelve other figures that he interpreted as the Virgin Mary and the Apostles. These figures walked on thirteen stones used for crossing the river and then disappeared to the West. Miraculously, as they vanished, Collongis found that his cart had been freed from the mud. This event led to the establishment of the Chapel of the Thirteen Stones on July 1, 1510, following an investigation by the bishop of Rodez.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_164


Year: 1513, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 168 (248A688E)

Date: 1513
Location: Rome, Italy
Description: The renowned sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti reported sighting a triangular light with three distinct tails of varying colors. This remarkable event, witnessed on a calm night, led Michelangelo to paint an image of the phenomenon. Unfortunately, the painting has not survived over time. According to the account in Benedictine chronicler Benedetto Lushino's book "Vulnera Diligentis," the triangular sign resembled a star with a silvery tail, a red tail, and a fiery and bifurcated third tail.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_165


Year: 1517, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 169 (AB62F8E8)

Date: 11/8/1517
Location: Moldavia, Romania
Description: A significant event occurred when a prominent blue sign resembling a human face appeared in the sky. The 17th-century Moldavian chronicler Grigore Ureche documented this occurrence, describing the face-like object shining brightly in the sky. After a period of remaining motionless, the object eventually concealed itself once more within the sky.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_166


Year: 1518, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 170 (C3E72F5E)

Date: 4/1518
Location: Yucatan, Mexico
Description: Spanish conquistador Juan de Grijalva reported a remarkable event where a star-like object appeared above their ship in the evening. The object exhibited movement and emitted continuous rays of light as it moved toward a nearby town or village, leaving a visible trail in the air that endured for three hours. This extraordinary sighting, accompanied by other clear signs, led the crew to interpret it as a divine message, signaling the divine will for them to settle in the village of Coatzalcoalco.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_167


Year: 1520, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 171 (90E5B1CF)

Date: 1520
Location: Hereford, England
Description: An anomalous event involving thermal effects occurred in which a massive beam of fire was witnessed in the sky. As it descended towards the Earth, its intense heat caused damage to various objects. Subsequently, the fiery beam ascended back into the sky, transforming its appearance into that of a circular ring of fire. This unusual sighting, documented by Lycosthenes in his Prodigiorum ac Ostentorum Chronicon, left an impression of both wonder and mystery.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_168

Event 172 (6B07D666)

Date: 1/1520?
Location: ERFURT, PRUSSIA
Description: Round glow. Rotating beam scorches ground. Also 2 fiery spheres. / r8 p??
Type: sighting
Reference: WILKINS, Harold T.: FLYING SAUCERS UNCENSORED; Citadel 1955 & Pyramid Books, NY PB 1967. (Index 178)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_27

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, DRT: Dirt/soil traces/marks/footprints etc., VEG: Plants affected or sampled/crop circles, TCH: New technical details/clues, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Germany", Credibility: "4", Duration: "15", HatchDesc: "ERFURT,PRUSSIA:ROUND GLOW:ROTATING BEAM SCORCHES GND:+2 FIERY SPHERES:/r8 p??", LatLong: "50.983336 11.066667", LatLongDMS: "50:59:00 N 11:04:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "THR", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1521, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 173 (6B08BD57)

Date: 1521
Location: Cuenca, Spain
Description: Dr. Eugenio Torralba had a remarkable encounter with an entity named "Zekiel" who imparted secrets and knowledge to him. This being allegedly flew Torralba to Rome, leading to his fame and medical success. Cervantes even mentioned Torralba in Don Quijote for his extraordinary journey. However, Torralba's association with Zekiel attracted the attention of the Inquisition, which accused him of heretical practices. Torralba was arrested in 1528, subjected to torture, and imprisoned. Despite his release and the condition to avoid contact with Zekiel, the episode remained a mixture of blessing and curse in his life.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_169


Year: 1523, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 174 (624D3397)

Date: 1523
Location: Changsu, Jiangsu Province, China
Description: A fascinating account is documented in the Chinese book "Stories in a Summerhouse of Flowers" by Qiu Fuzuo. The story tells of a teacher named Lii Yu who witnessed two large ships flying over the clouds during incessant rain. These ships carried two tall men, each twelve feet tall, dressed in multicolored clothes and holding poles. The men's actions left observers speechless, and they even turned the scholars' mouths black with a gesture. A figure resembling an old scholar emerged on one of the ships, escorted by a bonze, and the ships eventually departed, leaving a lasting impression on those who witnessed the event.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_170


Year: 1526, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 175 (15E72103)

Date: 1526
Location: Rome, Italy
Description: Inquisitor Paulus Grillandus recounted a tale of demonic transportation involving a countryman in Rome. The man's wife participated in a witch gathering and later transported him through two he-goats. At the gathering, he witnessed famous individuals pledging allegiance to the Devil, engaging in dances and banquets. When he accidentally uttered the word "God" and requested salt, everything vanished. He found himself naked near Benevento, far from Rome, and eventually returned home. This account illustrates the complex beliefs surrounding supernatural experiences and the differing perspectives of medieval demonologists, from skeptics attributing such events to mental illusions to "true believers" embracing the supernatural. Some contemporary researchers speculate that similar phenomena might occur in altered states of consciousness rather than the physical world.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_171


Year: 1528, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 176 (8F4DBF6D)

Date: 1528
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Description: A yellow object with a cross-like appearance was observed in the sky during the siege of Utrecht. This phenomenon created panic among the town's inhabitants while the attackers interpreted it as a positive omen for their impending success. The sky sign, resembling a cross of a yellowish color, had a terrible aspect and was associated with the symbol of Burgundy. This event illustrates how celestial occurrences could influence the emotions and beliefs of people during historical conflicts, shaping their perceptions and expectations.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_172

Event 177 (4F4DEBBF)

Date: 10/9/1528
Location: Westrie, Northern Germany
Description: A terrifying and unusual sighting was recorded by Pierre Boaistuau in his Histoires Prodigieuses. Ambroise Paré described a blood-red 'comet' that emerged from the east and was visible for about an hour and fifteen minutes, disappearing towards midday. This object caused panic and illness among the populace, leading to deaths due to fear. The 'comet' had a distinctive appearance with an arm holding a great sword pointing downwards, accompanied by stars and a multitude of axes, blades, and repulsive human faces.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_173


Year: 1533, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 178 (EF2461E0)

Date: 8/1533
Location: Peru
Description: Garcilaso de la Vega, the Incan, documented the sighting of an unusual greenish-black 'comet' in his work Historic General del Peru. This comet had distinctive features, being narrower than a man's body and longer than a pike, and was observed by many witnesses on multiple occasions at night. The sight of this mysterious object intensified Tupac Huallpa's fear of his own death, as a similar phenomenon had been seen before his father's death. Despite being accustomed to heavenly phenomena, Huallpa found this 'comet' to be different from the ordinary kind. Tragically, Tupac Huallpa was executed on 29 August 1533.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_174


Year: 1535, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 179 (C0A4DC09)

Date: 4/20/1535
Location: STOCKHOLM, SWD
Description: Many observer(s). '7 suns' circle city. Same over Weimar, Germany / same date.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 24)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_28

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Scandanavian and Finland", Credibility: "11", Duration: "5", HatchDesc: "STOCKHOLM,SWD:MANY OBS:'7 SUNS' CIRCLE CITY::SAME OVR WEIMAR,GERMANY/SAME DATE", LatLong: "59.350003 18.000001", LatLongDMS: "59:21:00 N 18:00:00 E", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Sweden", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1536, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 180 (8A28B2E3)

Date: 5/31/1536
Location: Monte Stella, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy
Description: Antonio de' Antoni, a deaf-mute shepherd from Gardone Val Trompia, was reciting the rosary when he witnessed an intense light. Within this light, the Virgin Mary appeared, holding Jesus in her arms. She appeared dressed simply and conveyed a message to the shepherds that they should build a temple at that location. Antonio shared the experience with others, and upon his return, the site was illuminated by the beams of an overhead star. Pope Paul III granted the location a consecrated status, and a temple was constructed there by 1539.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_175


Year: 1537, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 181 (E37D315B)

Date: 1537
Location: Near Florence, Italy
Description: Benvenuto Cellini, a renowned artist, recounts an incident in his autobiography. While he was riding back to Florence from Rome, a large and brilliantly shining object of fire was seen in the sky. People observed this extraordinary phenomenon and were amazed by its dazzling splendor.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_176


Year: 1538, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 182 (9664591F)

Date: 1/16/1538
Location: In Franconia, Thuringia, Germany
Description: A significant sighting was recorded where a large "star" was observed in the sky. This celestial object descended gradually, transforming into a large white circle. It emitted whirlwinds and clumps of fire that fell to the earth. These fiery fragments had the remarkable effect of melting the tips of spears, irons, and even horses' bits, without causing harm to people or buildings.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_177


Year: 1544, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 183 (C26D75EC)

Date: 5/15/1544
Location: In Nay, Beam, France
Description: An anomalous event occurred involving an object resembling a fiery sword or described as three fireballs. This object hovered over the town before crashing down with a terrifying noise, ultimately demolishing a house upon impact.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_178


Year: 1546, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 184 (4C6A8C5E)

Date: 1546
Location: In Caranza near La Spezia, Italy
Description: Farmers reported witnessing a peculiar event involving a disk that changed colors from yellow to red. This disk was accompanied by red fireballs shining beneath it. The phenomenon was observed in multiple areas, including the village of Caranza near Passo del Bocco, occurring intermittently. Chronicler Father Antonio Cesena recorded this event, interpreting it as a sign of the impending death of Count Luigi Fieschi, the governor of Varese Ligure, which occurred later that year.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_179


Year: 1547, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 185 (6D37B1B7)

Date: 4/24/1547
Location: In Halberstadt, Saxony, Germany
Description: Witnesses reported sighting a black ball-shaped object that appeared to emerge from the middle of the moon. This mysterious object then rapidly flew towards the North.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_180

Event 186 (9213707F)

Date: 11/13/1547
Location: Near Rome, Italy
Description: At 3 P.M., witnesses observed a rod and a cross in the sky, accompanied by a bird-like object situated above them. The sky was clear and calm, and these objects remained visible for three consecutive days. This event was depicted in a German broadsheet found in the Johann Jacob Wick's collection, preserved by the Zurich Zentralbibliothek.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_181

Event 187 (047D9906)

Date: 12/15/1547
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Description: Mariners in the port of Hamburg, Germany, see a fireball moving to the south. Its rays are so hot that passengers cannot remain inside the ships. Thinking the vessels are about to burn, they hide and take cover.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Simon Goulart, Thrésor d’histoires admirables et mémorables de nostre temps, Geneva, 1600, vol. 1, p. 55
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_1

Event 188 (233D6881)

Date: 12/15/1547
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Description: At midnight, sailors in Hamburg witnessed a luminous globe with intense heat, resembling the Sun, moving northward through the sky. The globe emitted scorching rays that were so powerful that they compelled ship passengers to seek shelter, fearing their vessels might ignite."
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_182


Year: 1548, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 189 (23AB235E)

Date: 6/28/1548
Location: Oettingen, Bavaria
Description: The sky darkened as approximately twenty flying "vehicles" accompanied by red flames were observed maneuvering above the houses. This unusual spectacle occurred on multiple occasions, specifically on 28 June and 26 July 1548 in Oettingen, Bavaria.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_183


Year: 1550, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 190 (B2CB7FE3)

Date: 6/19/1550
Location: Near Trebnitz, Saxony, Germany
Description: Residents of Saxonia, close to Wittemberg, were witness to an extraordinary event as described in Histoires Prodigieuses. A sizable cross materialized in the sky, encircled by two large warring armies generating cacophonous sounds. The heavens released blood-like rain, while the sun appeared to fracture into two segments, with one portion seemingly descending toward the earth. Despite some discrepancies in details, a contemporary 1550 broadsheet corroborated Fincelius' account, validating the occurrence of this remarkable phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_184

Event 191 (CF1FEB87)

Date: 10/15/1550
Location: Biubiu River, Chile
Description: Pedro de Valdivia, a conquistador who played a prominent role in the conquest of Chile, documented an anomalous event in an instruction to his representatives. He recounted that Mapuche Indians encountered two enigmatic figures preceding an attack. The beings, a beautiful woman and an old man on a white horse, both attired in white garments, appeared to warn the Indians against retaliating. The woman disappeared, and the devil subsequently reiterated the message. Valdivia's report also included an account of a comet falling with exceptional brightness three days prior, from which the woman emerged, while the devil followed to instruct the Indians to gather a large force. This encounter and its prophetic nature prompted Valdivia to reflect on the divine cult and the displacement of devilish worship.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_185


Year: 1551, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 192 (B9C5B2DC)

Date: 1551
Location: Morbecque, France
Description: Approximate data. Jacquemine Deickens, wife of Hirache, faced accusations of sorcery after encountering a being believed to be the Devil while milking cows. Allegedly engaging in intimate relations with the entity, she bore a mark on her back beneath her left shoulder blade as evidence of her wrongdoing. This woman, known as a flying contactee, was said to have flown out of her house every few weeks to rendezvous with fellow witches at a crossroads near Pierre Depours' residence. They engaged in dancing and feasting with numerous demons. Eventually, in 1557, she stood trial, found guilty, and was executed for these purported activities.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_186

Event 193 (E5D4F4AD)

Date: 1551
Location: Near Waldstadt, Germany
Description: Following a drinking party, a woman who had spoken blasphemies was reportedly lifted into the air by the devil while onlookers observed. Spectators hurried outside to track her flight, witnessing her suspended in the sky above the village. To their astonishment, she then plummeted from the heavens and was discovered lifeless in a field, marking a bizarre occurrence that illustrated the dramatic consequences believed to be linked to her interaction with the devil.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_187

Event 194 (0C548653)

Date: 1/3/1551
Location: LISBON, PORTUGAL
Description: Flying red cylinders and fireballs terrify population. 'Rain of blood'(?)
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 24)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_29

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Portugal", Credibility: "6", Duration: "10", HatchDesc: "LISBON,PORTUGAL:FLYING RED CYLs+FBLS TERRIFY POPULATION:'RAIN OF BLOOD'(?)", LatLong: "38.683335 -9.066667", LatLongDMS: "38:41:00 N 09:04:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "EST", Strangeness: "6"

Event 195 (C31508D2)

Date: 1/3/1551
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Description: Reports of flying red cylinders in the sky spread fear among the population. It's worth mentioning that another account mentions a "fiery meteor" sighted on 28 January, coinciding with a significant earthquake. However, due to the lack of a specific source, it's uncertain whether these two reports might be conflated or confused with each other.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_188

Event 196 (50D4D3C4)

Date: 3/1551
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Description: A remarkable celestial event unfolded as three suns appeared in the sky, prompting Emperor Charles Quint to cease the siege of the city. Although details are limited, this occurrence could possibly be attributed to parhelia, also known as "sun dogs." Historians note that despite the initial siege by Emperor Charles V, he was persuaded to retreat his forces in exchange for a substantial sum of money.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_189


Year: 1553, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 197 (1DD514EE)

Date: 1/13/1553
Location: Porco, Peru
Description: An extraordinary atmospheric event unfolded, leaving a deep impression on the people. Above Porco, three suns and two moons appeared within a great ring, along with two blue and red arches. Concurrently, a comet with a fiery and blood-red appearance emerged outside the ring, marked by a distinct, curly head and tail. Despite its cometary description, this phenomenon was not consistent with a typical comet or aurora borealis, occurring at 7 A.M. The indigenous reactions to this event were intense, marked by astonishment and utterances signifying apprehension and impending catastrophe. This occurrence's social impact and its connection to subsequent events, including the demise of key figures, further fueled its mystique. The multifaceted nature of the phenomena indicates an intricate interplay of highly unusual atmospheric conditions.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_190


Year: 1554, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 198 (73BE3E98)

Date: 2/1/1554
Location: Salon de Provence, France
Description: Dr. Nostradamus, along with numerous witnesses, reported an astonishing celestial occurrence between 7 and 8 P.M. A large "bright burning rod" manifested in the sky, displaying remarkable behavior for two hours. The phenomenon, initially resembling a blazing staff or torch, emitted intense brightness and fiery spurts akin to a smith's forge. It traveled rapidly with roaring thunderous sounds, possibly propelled by strong winds, and eventually altered its course over a span of 20 minutes. The object transitioned southward, releasing a fiery stream that lingered. Nostradamus perceived it as an ominous omen, foretelling potential calamities for Provence and its ruler, potentially involving war, fire, famine, or foreign subjugation. This perplexing event was witnessed by over a thousand people and left an indelible mark on its observers, prompting Nostradamus to communicate its significance to the Duke of Tende.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_191

Event 199 (DB449C6D)

Date: 6/10/1554
Time: 18:00
Location: SALON-DE-PROVENCE AND ST. CHALMAS, FR
Description: 'Lance' wobbles east going quickly west. Flames all over. Seen / 2 hours.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 24)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_30

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "8", Duration: "120", HatchDesc: "SALON-de-PROVENCE+St CHALMAS,FR:'LANCE' WOBBLES E>>W:FLAMES ALL OVR:SEEN/2hrs", LatLong: "43.650002 5.100000", LatLongDMS: "43:39:00 N 05:06:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Bouches-du-Rhône", Strangeness: "6"

Event 200 (BE8FCAD5)

Date: 6/13/1554
Location: Iena, Germany
Description: A significant sighting occurred as numerous spheres and disks traversed the skies over the city of Iena. These objects displayed rapid changes in speed and, notably, shifted in color to red while heading northward, creating an enigmatic and memorable phenomenon for observers in the area.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_192


Year: 1555, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 201 (6114A0E3)

Date: 3/5/1555
Location: Buendia, Cuenca, Spain
Description: On Tuesday, March 5th, 1555, a significant sighting took place in Buendia, Cuenca, Spain. Numerous witnesses observed an immense cross-shaped object suspended in the sky beside a newly constructed calvary, a representation of a crucifix on elevated ground. This hovering cross remained stationary, prompting the involvement of the Inquisition of Cuenca, who dispatched an investigator. A total of nineteen individuals recounted the event to notaries, underscoring its relevance as an unidentified aerial phenomenon, albeit within a religious context.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_193


Year: 1557, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 202 (7C14E4E7)

Date: 12/5/1557
Time: 07:00
Location: NEAR TUBINGEN, GERM
Description: Many large colored 'hats' exit odd clouds. Small humanoids (or Greys) too? / Belgian UFO Society (SOBEPS) IFS#24.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: DIMENSIONS, A Casebook of Alien Contact Ballentine, NY 1989. PB (Index 13)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_31

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, FIG: Undefined or poorly seen figure/entity, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Germany", Credibility: "4", Duration: "20", HatchDesc: "nr TUBINGEN,GERM:MANY LRG CLRD 'HATS' EXIT ODD CLOUDS:OIDS TOO?:/SOBEPS IFS#24", LatLong: "48.550002 9.083334", LatLongDMS: "48:33:00 N 09:05:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Bade-Wurtemberg", Strangeness: "7"

Event 203 (82FB3902)

Date: 12/5/1557
Description: Above Tubingen, Germany fiery clouds circled in the sky around seven o'clock in the morning, from which emerged "large, tall and wide" hat-shaped objects. The glow cast upon the ground was yellow and "bloody". The hat-shaped flying objects were multicolored: black, red, blue, and green.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case # 33; Jacques Vallee, Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact, p. 13
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_8190


Year: 1561, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 204 (9EC8C3DD)

Date: 4/4/1561
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Description: Dusk. A “frightening vision” is seen in the sky above Nuremberg, Germany, said to be observed by many. Printer Hans Glaser describes in his broadside many blood-red, blue, and black balls or discs near the Sun. “They were three alongside each other, sometimes four in a square, and several alone, and between these balls blood- colored crosses” are seen. Two “great pipes” (cannon) are also observed, and everything starts to “fight against each other.” The battle lasts about one hour, then the burning balls fall to the earth and vanish on the ground. Although cited as a possible early UFO report, the narrative is simply about a battle in the sky by phantom armies told as an allegory of what awaits an unrepentant humanity on Judgment Day.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Hans Glaser, Himmelserscheinung über Nürnberg am 14. April 1561, Holzschnitt, 1561; Carl Jung, Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies, Mentor ed., 1969, pp. 103–104, between pp. 120–121; Ulrich Magin, “A UFO in the Year 1561,” Fortean Times 283 (February 2012): 40–42
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_2

Event 205 (7071AD15)

Date: 4/14/1561
Time: 06:00
Location: NUREMBURG, GERM
Description: Spheres and disks exit cylinder/cylindrical object / sky. Gone in flames. 'Common event' / r2p12.
Type: sighting
Reference: LUMIERES DANS la NUIT (LDLN), Paris. Bimonthly since 1957. LDLN B.P.3; 77123 Le Vaudoue, FRANCE. (Index 186)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_32

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Germany", Credibility: "4", Duration: "15", HatchDesc: "NUREMBURG,GERM:SPHERES+DISKS EXIT CYL/SKY:GONE in FLAMES:'common event'/r2p12", LatLong: "49.450002 11.116667", LatLongDMS: "49:27:00 N 11:07:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Bavaria", Strangeness: "7"

Event 206 (620AAB87)

Date: 4/14/1561
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Description: At sunrise, a remarkable phenomenon unfolded, captivating the observers. Numerous red, blue, and black spheres and disks emerged from two vertical cylinders, initiating an apparent aerial battle. These objects traversed the sky across the Sun's face, creating a spectacle akin to conflict. A contemporary engraving portrays some of these spheres landing on a hill near the city, accompanied by rising smoke. The imagery includes an elongated form resembling a large black spear in a horizontal position. The report describes not just spheres and disks but also two large pipes within which smaller and larger pipes contained three or more balls. This aerial skirmish persisted for about an hour before culminating in a dramatic descent toward the Earth, accompanied by intense smoke and apparent combustion.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_194


Year: 1564, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 207 (9728EA2C)

Date: 3/1/1564
Location: Near Brussels, Belgium
Description: A startling event transpired between Mechelen and Brussels, documented in Gilbert's Annalen for 1806. Initially clear, the sky's complexion shifted around 9 o'clock to a fiery hue, casting a yellowish tint over the surroundings. Amidst this, three regally adorned figures with crowns atop their heads emerged in the sky, remaining visible for nearly three-fourths of an hour before gradually converging and vanishing over the following 15 minutes. Subsequently, a distressing phenomenon ensued as stones of varying sizes, some as heavy as five or six pounds, rained down from the heavens. Notably, no evidence of these stones entering collections has been reported.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_195


Year: 1566, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 208 (68B34B9A)

Date: 8/7/1566
Time: 06:00
Location: BASEL, SWZ
Description: Large tilted cylinder/cylindrical object and many black disks. Aerial combat? / IFS#24+/ r221p14.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 12)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_33

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Switzerland", Credibility: "4", Duration: "30", HatchDesc: "BASEL,SWZ:LRG TILTED CYL+MANY BLACK DISKS:AERIAL COMBAT?:/IFS#24+/r221p14", LatLong: "47.500002 7.583334", LatLongDMS: "47:30:00 N 07:35:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Basel", Strangeness: "7"

Event 209 (7BA31E33)

Date: 8/7/1566
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Description: An extraordinary occurrence unfolded as the sun rose. A multitude of sizable black spheres streaked through the sky, rapidly approaching the Sun and subsequently reversing course, seemingly engaged in aerial combat, colliding as if locked in battle. During this encounter, a number of spheres transformed into fiery red objects before undergoing disintegration and extinguishment. A contemporary engraving captures this event, portraying the spheres above the "Munster" cathedral alongside the Antistitium.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_196


Year: 1567, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 210 (53566690)

Date: 4/7/1567
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Description: A mysterious event unfolded as a black sphere manifested in the sky, effectively obscuring the Sun's face. This enigmatic object remained visible throughout the entire day, leaving observers perplexed by its presence and its impact on the natural illumination.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_197


Year: 1568, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 211 (56B2FF82)

Date: 9/26/1568
Location: Tournai, Belgium
Description: Remarkable celestial phenomena unfolded between the seventh and twelfth hours in the evening. Initially, luminous circles resembling fire with sun-like rays emitting water-like trails captured observers' attention. Subsequently, a dark cloud materialized, followed by the appearance of substantial lights. Following their departure, an intriguing scene unfolded as figures on horseback engaged in combat, resembling skirmishing musketeers. The ground was illuminated by sparkling fire, creating a striking spectacle. While a potential interpretation could involve an aurora borealis, insufficient information is available to confirm, necessitating a cautious approach to understanding this event.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_198


Year: 1571, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 212 (86FE2F80)

Date: 7/20/1571
Location: Prague, Czechoslovakia
Description: Around midnight, an extraordinary event unfolded in the skies above Prague. A powerful wind resembling an earthquake roused the populace, leading them to their windows. From the direction of the cattle fair, witnesses observed what appeared to be a marching army advancing along Spalena Street. These soldiers, armed and eerie in appearance, were followed by an unusual round object, akin to a "chariot," being drawn by oxen. The metallic, wheel-less object emitted loud noises and was accompanied by eight human figures with no faces but wearing large spurs on their feet, adding to the commotion. As the procession crossed the square, a fire materialized near the Church of the Sacred Heart, adjacent to numerous boxes and barrels resembling containers for gunpowder. The chariot converged with the fire, consuming the boxes and barrels. Subsequently, a wind and fiery rain arose, leading to the vanishing of the unsettling scene, leaving behind a luminous circle of fire that persisted until dawn. The year was marked by a great famine and significant mortality.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_199

Event 213 (168CF59F)

Date: 9/20/1571
Location: Lepanto, Italy
Description: During the night of September 20th, a remarkable phenomenon occurred over Lepanto. A colossal flaming column, radiating light and fire, traversed the sky for an extended duration. Alberto Guglielmotti, the official historian of the papal fleet of Rome, documented this event based on the accounts of witnesses Sereno and Caracciolo. This celestial display was perceived as a miraculous sign, evoking awe and admiration among observers. Many interpreted the fiery column as a positive omen, guiding the Christian fleet's course at sea, analogous to the biblical narrative of the Israelites' desert journey. On October 7th, the Christian fleet achieved a significant victory over Selim II, the Sultan of Turkey, near Lepanto's shores, aligning with the sensed premonition of triumph.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_200


Year: 1572, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 214 (E8C7F071)

Date: 2/16/1572
Location: Constantinople, Turkey
Description: The inhabitants of Constantinople were astonished by the presence of cross-shaped objects flying above their city, forming a perplexing phenomenon. These crosses, believed to bring comfort to captive Christians and bewilderment to the Turks and Jews, appeared consecutively for three days over different Turkish mosques. Witnessed by all in the vicinity, the crosses hovered above mosque roofs, undergoing continuous color changes. While Christians found joy and wonder in the sight, the Turks experienced confusion and unrest. Attempts by the Turks to interpret the event led to suspicions of Christian magic. In response, they engaged in violent combat against Christians, even shooting at the crosses. However, the crosses would vanish temporarily when threatened, only to swiftly reappear, adding to the mystique surrounding the event.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_201

Event 215 (76236A50)

Date: 11/15/1572
Location: Romerswil, Switzerland
Description: Hans Buchmann, a Swiss farmer, experienced an extraordinary incident in which he vanished from his village of Romerswil. His absence led his family to believe he had been murdered by a family rival, Klaus Buchmann. However, four weeks later, it was revealed that Hans Buchmann had reappeared in Milan, Italy, two and a half months after his disappearance. His return shocked his family, as he was devoid of hair on his head, face, and chin, with a swollen face rendering him almost unrecognizable. During his interrogation, he recounted his unsettling experience of hearing strange music in a forest and subsequently losing consciousness as he was lifted into the air. He found himself in Milan after two weeks, weak and disoriented, having undergone an abduction that defied explanation.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_202


Year: 1574, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 216 (F275110F)

Date: 1/29/1574
Location: Japan
Description: An unexplained event took place in an undisclosed location in Japan, where a significant umbrella-shaped object was observed flying through the sky. This object emitted light that illuminated both the sky above and the ground below. The occurrence repeated itself on two distinct occasions, contributing to the enigmatic nature of the phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_203


Year: 1576, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 217 (D7138558)

Date: 12/21/1576
Location: Mount Kasuga in Japan
Description: An hour-long sighting of a wheel-shaped object flying over the castle occurred. Regrettably, no historical sources are available for this intriguing incident, underscoring the need for additional examination by experts acquainted with Japanese chronicles.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_204


Year: 1577, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 218 (6EC5583E)

Date: 12/5/1577
Location: Near Tubingen, Germany
Description: A remarkable celestial event unfolded as numerous black clouds formed around the Sun, reminiscent of storm clouds. Subsequently, clouds resembling blood and fire emerged from the Sun, followed by others that were saffron yellow. These celestial manifestations gave rise to luminous effects that resembled large, broad hats in various colors including red, blue, green, and notably, black. The landscape itself took on a remarkable appearance, appearing yellow, bloody, and covered with these enigmatic hats. The event was interpreted as a divine sign, prompting contemplation, repentance, and penance among observers.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_205


Year: 1578, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 219 (191C1DA3)

Date: 12/21/1578
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Description: An intriguing pamphlet titled "Marvellous and terrifying discourse of the signs and prodigies that appeared over the city of Geneva the 21 day of December 1578," penned by G. Stadius, a prominent mathematician and astronomer affiliated with the Duke of Savoy, chronicles a range of extraordinary occurrences. These peculiar phenomena encompass a comet adorned with a small cross, alluding to a comet that appeared over the city during this time. The pamphlet's contents underscore the awe-inspiring and unsettling nature of these events that captured the attention and imagination of the populace.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_206


Year: 1579, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 220 (6033886C)

Date: 2/18/1579
Location: Paris, France
Description: An event of curiosity unfolded as a "great and wondrous flying serpent or dragon" made an appearance, as documented in a contemporary leaflet or "canard." This remarkable sighting captured the attention of numerous individuals in Paris, commencing at two o'clock in the afternoon and continuing until evening. The peculiar nature of this aerial phenomenon stirred intrigue and wonder among those who witnessed the spectacle.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_207


Year: 1580, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 221 (A3916F8D)

Date: 2/7/1580
Location: Straits of Magellan
Description: In Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa's account titled "Viajes al Estrecho de Magallanes," a captivating sighting is detailed from his travels to the Strait of Magellan in 1579 and 1581. At 1:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 7th, 1580, a remarkable event occurred as a red, fiery object resembling a shield emerged in the sky to the south-southeast. This object gradually transformed, elongating as it moved over a mountain, eventually adopting the appearance of a half-moon, with shades of red and white. Sarmiento de Gamboa likened the object to an "adarga," a type of shield used in the era of Don Quijote.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_208


Year: 1586, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 222 (3DB78237)

Date: 1586
Location: Grangemuir, Scotland
Description: Alison Pearson, a woman, admitted to encountering the "Good Neighbors," supernatural beings who bestowed upon her a potent healing salve with the ability to cure all ailments. She recounted an encounter with a green-clad man and a group of merrymaking men and women accompanied by music. Subsequently, she claimed to have been taken away by these beings. Her confessions led to her trial and execution in the same year. Notably, despite her fate, she had applied the salve to the Archbishop of Saint Andrews, who attested to its efficacy.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_209

Event 223 (F33BC4BC)

Date: 1586
Location: Beauvais sous Matha near Tors, France
Description: The poet Theodore Agrippa d'Aubigne and the Marquis de Tors witnessed an unusual event. They observed a brown cloud in the sky resembling a hat with a disturbing red coloration. The cloud descended over the hamlet of Beauvais-sous-Matha, close to the steeple, shortly before sunset. The cloud's appearance was described as resembling a hat with an ear in the middle, the color akin to the throat of an Indian rooster. The cloud eventually reached the steeple and dissipated.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_210


Year: 1589, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 224 (65FFC2A1)

Date: 1/12/1589
Location: Saint-Denis, France
Description: A text published around 1599 recounts an extraordinary sighting. Two large clouds were observed between Paris and St. Denis at night, emitting intense light. These clouds moved towards each other, joined briefly, and then separated, giving rise to numerous fiery arrows and spears that engaged in a prolonged celestial combat. Eventually, they retreated and continued their journey southwards, passing over the City of Paris. Additionally, on January 13, a remarkable sight was witnessed, consisting of a large crescent shape in the sky with a star above it, resembling a bright comet. The populace was astonished, and prayers were offered for divine protection.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_211


Year: 1590, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 225 (29580AF1)

Date: 1590
Location: Scotland
Description: Peasants reported to the shire reeve that they had observed a sizeable tubular object hovering over their town. The object remained stationary in the sky for a few minutes before disappearing. While there are numerous references to this event, an original source for this account has not yet been identified.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_212


Year: 1592, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 226 (BB204373)

Date: 1592
Location: Pinner, Middlesex, England
Description: Farm worker Richard Burt encountered a being he described as a "large black cat" and was transported magically to Harrow through what seemed to be a mysterious event.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_213


Year: 1595, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 227 (5C6D861F)

Date: 10/15/1595
Location: Targoviste, Wallachia, Romania
Description: During the siege of Targoviste by Prince Michel the Brave against the occupying Turks, a large comet-like object was reported to have appeared above the military camp and remained stationary for approximately two hours. This event is described in an Italian report that was redacted in Prague. Interestingly, there is no corresponding record of this comet-like object in astronomical records. Subsequently, three days after the appearance of the object, the Turks were defeated by Prince Michel's forces.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_214


Year: 1600, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 228 (C5A905E6)

Date: 1600's
Description: Significant sightings
Type: ufo sightings
Reference: Charles Fort
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_2


Year: 1603, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 229 (155EC333)

Date: 1/23/1603
Location: Besançon, France
Description: During the evening hours, a peculiar phenomenon occurred over the city. Witnesses reported a great light in the sky, forming a heavy, round-shaped cloud with a reddish hue. The cloud remained nearly motionless above Mount Saint Etienne, then descended slowly, casting its light on nearby streets and buildings. The phenomenon persisted for approximately two hours, traversing various parts of the city, including over the Saint Vincent Abbey and the cathedral, before eventually disappearing. The source of this event is an account by a visitor to Sainte Claire monastery in Besançon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_215


Year: 1606, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 230 (26E3471E)

Date: 5/1606
Location: Kyoto, near Nijo Castle, Japan
Description: Witnesses, including samurais, reported seeing balls of fire flying over Kyoto during this period. On one particular night, a red wheel-shaped object was observed hovering above Nijo Castle. However, no original Japanese source for this intriguing event has been found.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_216

Event 231 (E4A1D2C2)

Date: 5/1/1606 (approximate)
Location: KYOTO, JAPAN
Description: May. Many fireballs. Flaming wheel spins near Nijo Castle. / Belgian UFO Society (SOBEPS) IFS#24.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: DIMENSIONS, A Casebook of Alien Contact Ballentine, NY 1989. PB (Index 12)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_34

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Japan", Credibility: "8", Duration: "15", HatchDesc: "KYOTO,JAPAN:MAY:MANY FBLS:FLAMING WHEEL SPINS nr NIJO CASTLE:/SOBEPS IFS#24", LatLong: "35.000002 135.766673", LatLongDMS: "35:00:00 N 135:46:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Honshu Island", Strangeness: "3"


Year: 1608, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 232 (B6786755)

Date: 1608
Location: Between Angoulême and Cognac, France
Description: A clear and calm day turned unusual when a multitude of small, thick clouds appeared and descended to the ground. These clouds transformed into an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 warrior-like figures, tall and handsome, clad in blue armor and marching behind red and blue banners. This spectacle caused both peasants and nobility to gather and observe the procession. As the figures approached a dense forest, they ascended above the trees and resumed their orderly march on the ground, eventually disappearing into another forest. This account is based on a manuscript report by the late M. Prévost, curate of Lussac-les-Églises.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_217

Event 233 (F96F4698)

Date: 8/1/1608
Location: Genoa Harbor, Italy
Description: Two human-like figures were observed engaging in a battle over the sea, gripping what appeared to be flying snakes. Although only their torsos were visible above the waves, their cries were so terrifying that several witnesses were physically affected by fear. This unsettling spectacle persisted over the course of several weeks, during which these entities were repeatedly seen. Despite the efforts of firing approximately 800 cannon shots to deter them, the creatures remained unfazed. It's worth noting that this incident is sometimes conflated with unrelated atmospheric phenomena involving "bloody rains" reported between Nice and Lambesc in France.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_218

Event 234 (993A48AE)

Date: 8/15/1608
Location: Genoa Harbor, Italy
Description: Three coaches materialized above the sea, each pulled by six fiery creatures resembling dragons. Accompanying these coaches were the aforementioned signs, still carrying their serpents, emitting eerie cries. The coaches approached the city of Genoa, causing a substantial portion of the spectators to flee in terror. Despite making three trips along the harbor and emitting powerful screams that echoed across the nearby mountains, the coaches eventually vanished over the sea, never to be seen again. This event inflicted significant distress upon the citizens of Genoa, leading to various adverse effects, including the death of individuals such as the son of Sr. Gasparino de Loro and the brother of Sr. Anthonio Bagatello, as well as several women who were deeply affected by the fear induced by the phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_219


Year: 1609, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 235 (10EAC26A)

Date: 2/15/1609
Location: Tiannin Mountain, China
Description: The walls of a temple were illuminated by intense lights originating from a celestial phenomenon described as resembling either a ship or a luminous eye. The sky bore witness to this blinding spectacle, leaving observers in awe and wonder.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_220


Year: 1612, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 236 (2D00CA87)

Date: 7/3/1612
Location: Switzerland
Description: Between July 3rd and 6th, 1612, a series of extraordinary celestial phenomena unfolded over Switzerland. Notable occurrences included the appearance of three suns, three rainbows, and a prominent white cross. However, the most remarkable sight was the sighting of two armies seemingly engaged in battle in the skies. A contemporary broadsheet, written in rhymed strophes, urged Christians of all ages to take these signs seriously as omens of impending turmoil and danger, emphasizing the need for repentance in the face of the extraordinary events.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_221


Year: 1613, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 237 (F3E5B772)

Date: 1613
Location: Perth, Scotland
Description: Isobel Haldane recounted a bewildering experience of being mysteriously taken from her bed, unsure whether by divine or malevolent forces. She found herself transported to a hillside that inexplicably opened before her. Inside, she spent three days in what she described as the "fairy kingdom." She was eventually led out by a man with a grey beard, who imparted upon her the knowledge of curing illnesses and predicting the future. During the 17th century, such tales of encounters with supernatural beings and abductions were relatively common, often giving rise to suspicions of connections with the Devil. Unlike many similar stories, this one includes a specific date and location – Perth, Scotland.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_222


Year: 1614, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 238 (478D5326)

Date: 3/4/1614
Location: Kinki, West Japan
Description: an unidentified four-sided object was observed in the sky. Unfortunately, detailed information from an original source is currently unavailable.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_223

Event 239 (411060C2)

Date: 5/10/1614
Time: 18:00
Location: WESTLEY, ENGLAND
Description: Church records. 3 'suns' hover / one hour. Back again 18 Mar. '1639. No further details.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 399)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_35

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "8", Duration: "60", Elev: "61", HatchDesc: "WESTLEY,ENGLAND:CHURCH RECORDS:3 'SUNS' HVR/1hr:back again 18MAR1639:NFD", LatLong: "52.250002 0.666667", LatLongDMS: "52:15:00 N 00:40:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1619, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 240 (F09E1E57)

Date: 1619
Location: Near Fluelen on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Description: Herr Christophorus Schere, the prefect of Uri County, reported witnessing a remarkable event. He observed a fiery and bright dragon-like object flying across the night sky from a cave in Mount Pilatus to another cave known as Flue. The creature had wings that moved rapidly, a long body, tail, and neck, and a serpent-like head with teeth. As it flew, it emitted sparkles similar to those from incandescent iron struck on an anvil. Herr Schere initially mistook it for a meteor but upon closer observation, he concluded that he had witnessed a genuine dragon, leading him to share this extraordinary account.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_224

Event 241 (9E5C3329)

Date: 1619
Location: Prague, Czechoslovakia
Description: A series of fiery globes are sighted in the sky. These globes, some of which break into multiple parts, cause astonishment among the villagers, who were already on edge due to the presence of soldiers in the country. At around 10:00 in the evening, the village priest joins the villagers in observing the spectacle. One of the globes transforms into a bloody crucifix before gradually fading away along with the other globes. This mysterious occurrence, featuring cycles of globe formations and disappearances, is witnessed multiple times before everything vanishes.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_225


Year: 1620, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 242 (B283E9F1)

Date: 2/1/1620
Location: Quimper-Corentin, France
Description: A green flying creature and destructive fire. Witnesses in the town experience a catastrophic event as lightning strikes the bell tower of the cathedral, causing it to catch fire. Amidst a fierce hailstorm, a frightening green demon with a long tail is observed clinging to the top of the tower. The demon's presence remains visible throughout the day, with smoke eventually billowing from the structure. Despite efforts to extinguish the flames and the use of holy relics, water, and even a consecrated host, the fire continues to burn. Finally, a ritual involving a loaf of rye bread containing a consecrated host and other sacred elements forces the demon to depart, ending the ordeal and saving the town from further damage.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_226

Event 243 (5D26E6FD)

Date: 4/9/1620
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Description: Astonishing celestial phenomena and mysterious figures. Observers witness the appearance of two suns, red and yellow, colliding with each other. Following this, a long cloud emerges from one of the suns, carrying a multitude of people dressed in black attire, resembling warriors. Additional saffron-hued clouds release tall, hat-like objects, and the earth takes on a yellow and bloody hue. The sun's duplication and a final rupture, described as a "rift of blood," mark the conclusion of this extraordinary occurrence.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_227


Year: 1621, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 244 (F245F418)

Date: 9/11/1621
Description: Contrails and white "crowns" moved in groups over Paris, France at 10:00 p.m.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Lumieres dan la Nuit, issue 125
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_5847

Event 245 (82A09183)

Date: 9/12/1621
Time: 22:00
Location: PARIS AND ST. DENIS, FR
Description: Separate observer(s). Contrails and white 'crowns' move in groups. / r186#24.
Type: sighting
Reference: LUMIERES DANS la NUIT (LDLN), Paris. Bimonthly since 1957. LDLN B.P.3; 77123 Le Vaudoue, FRANCE. (Index 125)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_36

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "10", Duration: "120", HatchDesc: "PARIS+St DENIS,FR:SEP.OBS:CONTRAILS+WHT 'CROWNS' MOVE in GROUPS:/r186#24", LatLong: "48.816669 2.316667", LatLongDMS: "48:49:00 N 02:19:00 E", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Paris", Strangeness: "6"

Event 246 (FC2ED3B1)

Date: 10/13/1621
Location: Nimes, France
Description: Radiant celestial display above the amphitheater. At approximately 9 to 10 P.M., observers in Nimes witness the presence of a brilliant, sun-like object hovering over the city. This luminous spectacle is accompanied by numerous other shining torch-like lights. The phenomenon gives the impression that the main sun-like object is heading directly towards the Roman Tower. In the vicinity of the tower, fiery chariots with dazzling stars encircling them are also observed, creating a remarkable and awe-inspiring scene in the night sky.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_228


Year: 1624, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 247 (6867A3EC)

Date: 5/12/1624
Location: Anhalt, Germany
Description: Skyborne procession of men and chariots. Between the hours of 6 to 8 in the evening, an unusual phenomenon unfolds over Gierstedt (Bierstedt), Anhalt. Spectators witness a multitude of men and chariots emerging from the clouds, creating a surreal and unexpected spectacle in the skies.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_229


Year: 1634, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 248 (F03F59E2)

Date: 1634
Location: Wiltshire, England
Description: Bewitched encounter with dancing elves. In the year 1633 or 1634, Mr. Hart, a curate from a Wiltshire "Latin Schoole," experienced a baffling incident. While walking across the "downes," he stumbled upon a multitude of diminutive beings, akin to pigmies, engaged in a peculiar dance within a fairy ring. Despite his amazement, Hart found himself unable to flee and was seemingly entranced by the sight. The tiny creatures surrounded him, inflicting pinches and emitting curious humming sounds. The encounter left Hart paralyzed, and when he regained consciousness, he discovered he had been transported to the center of the fairy ring. This tale of elvish mischief and enchantment was recounted by Aubrey based on his conversation with Hart.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_230


Year: 1635, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 249 (450BDB33)

Date: 1635
Location: Port-Louis, Brittany, France
Description: Approximate date. Heavenly procession witnessed. Jean Le Guen, a resident of Riantec near Port-Louis, reported an extraordinary sighting. He claimed to have witnessed a celestial procession of beings he identified as "angels" moving through the sky. This ethereal spectacle was observed as these beings traveled from Port-Louis to Caudan, leaving an indelible impression on the 60-year-old man and those who heard his account.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_231


Year: 1637, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 250 (709126A5)

Date: 5/28/1637
Location: Between Chartres and Paris, France
Description: Enigmatic celestial display. Travelers on this date observed a puzzling occurrence involving three prominent 'stars' accompanied by smaller ones. Additionally, a prolonged line of other 'stars' was also witnessed. While lacking specific details such as duration and trajectory, skeptics might posit that the travelers might have witnessed a sequence of bright meteors, given the available description.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_232


Year: 1638, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 251 (95D96328)

Date: 1638
Location: Moon
Description: English clergyman and philosopher John Wilkins writes The Discovery of a World in the Moone, in which he highlights the similarities of the Earth and the Moon (seas, mountains, atmosphere) and concludes that the Moon is likely to be inhabited by living beings, whom the calls “Selenites.”
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Maria Avxentevskaya, “How 17th Century Dreamers Planned to Reach the Moon,” Real Clear Science, December 2, 2017
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_3

Event 252 (CE4E7B24)

Date: 1638
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Description: Night. John Everett and two companions are crossing the Muddy River near Boston, Massachusetts, in a boat when a “great light” appears above them. It darts back and forth across the river, sometimes hovering and “flaming up,” for about 2–3 hours. After they stop watching it, they discover that their boat has moved about one mile against the current to the place where they had embarked.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: John Winthrop, The History of New England from 1630 to 1649, Little, Brown, 1853, vol. 1, pp. 349–350
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_4

Event 253 (B344E254)

Date: 3/1638
Location: Muddy River near Charlton, Massachusetts
Description: Puritan's encounter with a luminous phenomenon and missing time. Puritan James Everell, accompanied by two others, experienced a startling event as they observed a luminous mass hovering over Muddy River. This mass exhibited erratic movements and changed in shape, at times resembling a swine. The phenomenon persisted for several hours, during which the observers' boat was unexpectedly carried upstream against the tide. After the light vanished, they realized they had returned to their starting point, a mile away. The event's duration and the peculiar boat movement prompt speculation about potential gaps in their memory, akin to contemporary claims of alien abduction in abduction literature.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_233


Year: 1639, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 254 (A76227DE)

Date: 4/1639
Location: Yuan, Fengxian, Shansi province, China
Description: Aerial spectacle during a funeral procession. While villagers were paying their respects to Yuan Yingta, a fallen war minister of the Ming dynasty, a remarkable event unfolded. A luminous object resembling a multi-colored star—red, white, yellow, and blue—appeared above the funeral gathering. This radiant phenomenon remained airborne, encircling the village for an extended period before ascending into the sky once more. Its brilliance was so intense that it could be seen from a distance of five kilometers, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle during the solemn proceedings.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_234

Event 255 (DE2F4E57)

Date: 7/1639
Location: Santiago, Spain
Description: Unexplained aerial ships and sounds. A pamphlet from Seville, published in 1639, recounts an intriguing occurrence near the town of Santiago in Galicia. The pamphlet, titled "An Account of the Prodigious Visions of Armies of Men, Standards, Flags, Vessels, and Other Things," describes the sighting of three ships in the sky accompanied by the sound of drums and a gathering of people. While details are sparse, this enigmatic event adds to the collection of anomalous sightings during that period.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_235


Year: 1641, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 256 (B86210AD)

Date: 4/13/1641
Location: Aragon, Spain
Description: Domingo Sanchez, a gardener at the Monastery of Maria de Aragon, who had taken a vow of chastity and was contemplating marriage, experienced a series of apparitions. On the night of April 13th, as he lay in bed, he witnessed a demonic figure that forcibly took him out of bed and dragged him around his living quarters, subjecting him to physical blows. In his distress, Domingo sought solace from the Virgin Mary. To his aid, the Virgin Mary appeared surrounded by luminous lights, providing him with assistance and support until dawn.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_237

Event 257 (1D3D97F9)

Date: 5/4/1641
Location: Madrid, Spain
Description: At 9:00 P.M., an unusual and unexplained event occurred. Despite clear skies, an exceedingly dark cloud emerged from the east or north, expanding and contracting as it moved between the western and midday directions. Jose Pellicer observed this strange phenomenon and noted its similarity to modern descriptions of "cloud cigars." Additionally, Pellicer reported a mysterious sound eruption in the sky above Molina de Aragon, with residents hearing loud and eerie noises resembling bugles and drums. These sounds conveyed a sense of an invisible and intense battle, although no visual evidence accompanied the auditory disturbance.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_238

Event 258 (290C8B2D)

Date: 5/9/1641
Location: Braga, Portugal
Description: A flying disk resembling a flat "wafer" and accompanied by two human-like figures described as "angels" was observed in the sky. The event took place in the city of Braga at the lodgings of Reverend Doctor Jao d'Abreda Rocha, an ecclesiastic judge and general vicar. Witnesses included D. Gastao Coutinho, a provincial general, who alerted the judge about many people reporting signs on the moon depicting the unusual scene. The Reverend Doctor ordered the creation of a written record and collected testimonies from witnesses, including Father Simao Alvares, the apostolic notary.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_236

Event 259 (30319D7B)

Date: 9/14/1641
Location: Akhaltsike, Georgia
Description: At sunset, Armenian chronicler Zacharia Sarcofag witnessed an extraordinary event. The eastern sky tore open, revealing a large dark-blue light that descended towards Earth, casting a brighter illumination than the sun. This descending light resembled a wide and long wheel, exhibiting red and white hues as it rotated northward. Positioned about an open hand's distance ahead of the light was a star of Venus-like size. The luminous spectacle persisted until Sarcofag's father sang six sharakans, short prayers that took about two to three minutes each. The event's total duration lasted at least 15 minutes, with reports indicating that the miraculous light was observed in Akhaltsike and beyond.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_239


Year: 1642, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 260 (0CD584DB)

Date: 7/3/1642
Location: Olesa de Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain
Description: Joseph Aguilera and a group of witnesses in Olesa de Montserrat reported an anomalous sighting. They observed a globe-like object that underwent a transformation, appearing as "three moons." Subsequently, an immense light illuminated the area for a duration of one hour. The witnesses' account suggests a series of unexplained changes in the appearance of the object, followed by the presence of a substantial and persistent luminous phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_240


Year: 1644, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 261 (97648291)

Date: 1/18/1644
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Description: Three individuals arriving in Boston from the sea witnessed the emergence of two human-shaped lights rising from the ocean. Around 8 P.M., residents of a coastal area of Boston observed a moon-sized light ascending in the northeast, followed by another light in the east. These two lights engaged in a playful and evasive interaction. Meanwhile, aboard a boat between Dorchester and Boston, several credible and devout individuals claimed to hear a chilling voice from the sky repeatedly uttering the words "Boy, boy, come away..." The calls, which originated from different directions, occurred approximately 20 times during this mysterious celestial display.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_241

Event 262 (DE0F138D)

Date: 1/25/1644
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Description: Witnesses reported sighting sparkling and flame-emitting luminous objects. Similar to the previous week's occurrence, an airborne display resembling a ballet was observed. Once again, a voice was heard emanating from the phenomena, repeating the words "Boy, boy, come away." This event seems to be a continuation of the earlier anomalous sightings with the presence of luminous objects, aerial maneuvers, and the mysterious vocalizations.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_242


Year: 1645, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 263 (6137AC64)

Date: 4/1645
Location: Caudan, Brittany, France
Description: Jean Coachon, a resident of Calan near Lanvodan and Vannes, reported an extraordinary occurrence. He claimed to have observed a celestial procession of beings he described as "angels" encircling the church, with the Virgin Mary among them. This account was conveyed by the Lord of Lestour, who was known for gathering similar narratives of unusual events. Coachon's testimony speaks of a remarkable sighting involving a heavenly gathering of angelic figures, further emphasizing the widespread nature of such accounts during that period.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_243

Event 264 (7F34123C)

Date: 11/11/1645
Location: Naples, Italy
Description: Astronomer Francesco Fontana from Naples observed an unidentified celestial body resembling a satellite in close proximity to Venus. Subsequent observations on December 25th, 1645, and January 22nd, 1646, confirmed the presence of this enigmatic "satellite." The celestial object was later named "Neith" by Jean-Charles Houzeau, the director of the Royal Observatory of Brussels, in the 1880s. Fontana's initial sighting marked the discovery of an unidentified planetoid near Venus, a phenomenon that garnered attention and intrigue among astronomers.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_244


Year: 1646, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 265 (421467B5)

Date: 4/1646
Location: St. Teath, Cornwall
Description: Anne Jefferies, a woman from the parish of St. Teath, experienced a transformative event that led to her becoming a healer. At the age of nineteen, while serving as a maid for Mr. Moses Pitt's family, she suffered a sudden loss of consciousness, after which she exhibited unusual behavior. She claimed to have been abducted by six "small people" dressed in green, which caused her great fright and illness. During her sickness, she began to display healing abilities. Anne's healing powers became known when she successfully treated her employer's mother for a broken leg. Word spread, and people from various places came to Anne seeking her magical healing. She described her encounters with the small people and the circumstances of their visits, often occurring in groups of even numbers. However, Anne's reputation as a seer and faith healer attracted the attention of local authorities who questioned her interactions with supernatural beings. Despite her rational explanations, she was deemed deluded by the devil and arrested for her activities. After spending three months in jail, Anne was released and continued her healing work, living with various relatives and eventually marrying. Anne Jefferies' story is a remarkable account of a woman who claimed to have been in contact with otherworldly beings and acquired healing abilities after a mysterious experience, leading to her becoming a renowned faith healer in her time.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_245

Event 266 (221EAC42)

Date: 5/1646
Location: The Hague, Netherlands
Description: An extraordinary event occurred where unknown individuals and animals were observed in the sky over The Hague. This sighting involved a fleet of airships emerging from the southeast, carrying numerous occupants. The airships approached the scene, resulting in a substantial aerial conflict. When the phenomenon eventually dissipated, witnesses noticed the emergence of what appeared to be a massive cloud, materializing in a location that was previously devoid of any visible presence. This mysterious occurrence entailed a series of otherworldly elements, including airborne vehicles, occupants, and a subsequent transformative cloud-like phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_246

Event 267 (4B6340BF)

Date: 5/21/1646
Location: NEWMARKET TO/FROM THETFORD, ENGL
Description: Vertical cloud-cylinder/cigar-shape goes going down. Rises. Changes shape and gone.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 25)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_37

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "8", Duration: "90", HatchDesc: "NEWMARKET><THETFORD,ENGL:VERTICAL CLOUD-CGR GOES↓:RISES:CHANGES SHAPE+GONE", LatLong: "52.366669 0.550000", LatLongDMS: "52:22:00 N 00:33:00 E", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "6"

Event 268 (A9D8921F)

Date: 5/21/1646
Location: Newmarket & Thetford, England
Description: Between Newmarket and Thetford in Suffolk, witnesses reported an unusual occurrence. A vertical pillar or cloud emerged from the ground, displaying the appearance of a sword's bright hilts at its base. This pillar transformed into a pyramidal shape resembling a spire or steeple. Simultaneously, a form resembling a sharp-headed pike or lance descended from the sky. This extraordinary display persisted for an hour and a half, marking a distinct event of anomalous sightings involving the convergence of terrestrial and celestial phenomena.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_247


Year: 1648, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 269 (D6176FFF)

Date: 1648
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Description: In the spring of 1670, Major Thomas Weir, the Captain of the Town Guard and a respected preacher, along with his sister Jane Weir, confessed to a series of offenses that included sex crimes and witchcraft. Thomas recounted that he and his sister had dealings with demons and fairies, selling their souls in the process. They claimed to have been transported by strange entities on various occasions, including a fiery "coach" that took them between Edinburgh and Musselburgh, as well as a fiery "chariot" between their house in West Bow and Dalkeith. Thomas Weir's confession stemmed from his guilt for consorting with devils, driven by his strict Protestant beliefs. Both he and his sister were eventually convicted and met grim fates – Jane was hanged and burnt at the stake, and Thomas was executed, both remaining unrepentant till the end. Their confessions and punishments reflect a belief in their supernatural interactions and their deep remorse for their actions.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_248


Year: 1650, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 270 (A8E0119A)

Date: 1650
Location: Limerick, Ireland
Description: A remarkable event occurred where a luminous globe, radiating light brighter than the moon, was observed in the sky. This globe projected a vertical beam of light onto the city of Limerick before gradually fading away as it moved over the enemy camp. This sighting of a luminous globe with a focused light beam suggests an otherworldly phenomenon that attracted the attention of witnesses and could have held significance in the context of the events of that time.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_249

Event 271 (1D3C869C)

Date: 1650
Location: Fisherton Anger, Wiltshire, England
Description: Approximate date. Anne Bodenham, a former servant to Dr. Lamb of London, was accused of witchcraft and communicating with devils. She was executed in 1653 at the age of 80. During her trial, a maid testified that she had witnessed Anne invoking the Devil. Anne created a circle with burning coals and two spirits resembling boys with shaggy hair appeared beside her. Anne pricked the maid's finger, mixed her blood with ink, and had the maid write in a book. One of the spirits laid its hand over Anne's hand while the maid wrote, and they all said "Amen" together. The maid noted that the spirit's hand felt cold as it touched hers. This account provides insight into the accusations of witchcraft and supernatural interactions during that era.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_250


Year: 1651, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 272 (626E93B8)

Date: 12/22/1651
Location: Almerdor, Holland
Description: Dutch sailors witnessed an extraordinary sight as they reported seeing a fleet of ships suspended in the sky. The aerial ships were accompanied by numerous people and soldiers. This sighting of ships in the air, often referred to as "flying Dutchmen," showcases an anomalous occurrence where maritime elements were seemingly replicated in the skies, capturing the attention and amazement of those who observed it.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_251


Year: 1652, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 273 (5F2E41E6)

Date: 5/1652
Location: Near Rome, Italy
Description: Witnesses reported the sighting of a massive luminous object measuring 80 meters in size hovering in the air. During this event, a peculiar occurrence took place as a mass of "gelatinous matter" was observed falling from the sky and landing on the ground. This unusual sighting involved both the presence of a sizeable aerial object and the release of an unfamiliar substance, suggesting a remarkable and unexplained phenomenon that left witnesses intrigued and puzzled.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_252


Year: 1656, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 274 (CA769104)

Date: 1656
Location: Cardiganshire, Wales
Description: In 1656, John Lewis recounted a peculiar account from an acquaintance in Cardiganshire. The man shared an unusual nighttime experience where he observed a light entering his room just after midnight. Around a dozen small beings resembling men, women, and children entered the room, causing it to appear illuminated and wider. These entities engaged in dancing and feasting, inviting the witness to partake in the food. This enchanting scene lasted for four hours, accompanied by intermittent whispers in Welsh that urged silence. The man was unable to wake his sleeping wife during the event. Eventually, the spirits moved to another room and departed, leaving the man unable to find the door or return to bed until he woke his family. John Lewis vouched for the honesty of the witness, describing him as an honest and reputable individual who was willing to take an oath to confirm the truth of the account. This event narrates a mystical and captivating visitation involving ethereal beings and mysterious actions within a private space.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_253


Year: 1659, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 275 (4AAEA100)

Date: 1659
Time: 13:00
Location: Leicester and Nottinghamshire, England
Description: Beginning at 1 P.M., numerous witnesses reported observing a peculiar object resembling a black coffin with a fiery dart and a flaming sword. This airborne coffin-like object maneuvered back and forth in the sky, captivating the attention of hundreds of people who witnessed it with astonishment. The phenomenon continued until 3:15 P.M., at which point it disintegrated with a remarkable display of brilliance. This unusual sighting of a flying coffin accompanied by fiery elements presents an intriguing and unexplained event that held the gaze of many onlookers.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_254


Year: 1660, 13 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 276 (7E23991E)

Date: 1660
Location: New England, American Colonies
Description: In response to remarkable aerial phenomena observed in the sky, including a spear-like form descending towards the setting sun, the colonial magistrates and clergy seized the opportunity to harness the impact of these signs to promote a moral revival among the population. The phenomena, potentially including the zodiacal light, left a deep impression on the people. The authorities capitalized on this by publishing a list of prevalent vices, such as neglecting child education, vanity in hairstyling, excessive clothing adornment, immodesty in attire, lack of respect in church behavior, disobedience to parents, profanity, idleness, excessive visits to taverns, and the price-gouging tendencies of shopkeepers. This convergence of unusual atmospheric events with a religious and moral agenda reflects a notable episode where natural occurrences were used to inspire societal change.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_255

Event 277 (59BC474F)

Date: 3/14/1660
Time: 20:00
Location: LONDON
Description: Bright white cloud 'drops fire' / Westminster Hall and parliament.
Type: sighting
Reference: The UFO REGISTER. CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK. (annual sightings catalog.) (Index 77)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_38

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, NWS: News media report, MID: Likely mis-identification, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, HUM: Humans affected: Injury/burns/marks/abduction/death, BLD: Building/man-made structure/roads/power lines, TCH: New technical details/clues, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "5", Duration: "10", HatchDesc: "LONDON:BRITE WHT CLOUD 'DROPS FIRE'/WESTMINSTER HALL+PARLIAMENT.", LatLong: "51.500002 -0.133333", LatLongDMS: "51:30:00 N 00:08:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "4"

Event 278 (13D97C44)

Date: 3/14/1660
Location: London (Westminster), England
Description: Passengers on a boat reported a peculiar atmospheric phenomenon. They observed a dark cloud initially, followed by a bright white cloud that emitted enough light to clearly see the windows of the Parliament House and people on Westminster Bridge. This bright cloud descended fire multiple times onto Westminster Hall and then moved over Parliament Hall, continuing to drop fire on it as well. This anomalous sighting of a cloud emitting fire over significant buildings in Westminster during the evening presents a mysterious event that captured the attention of witnesses.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_256

Event 279 (F47C7DD1)

Date: 8/1660
Location: Stratford Row, near London, England
Description: Witnesses reported observing an unusual sight resembling a "great ship" suspended in the air. The airborne ship gradually decreased in size until it eventually vanished from view. The account is supported by the testimony of an able minister living nearby, who received information directly from the witnesses themselves. This sighting of a ship-like object in the sky, followed by its gradual disappearance, offers a short but intriguing narrative of an anomalous event that left an impression on those who witnessed it.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_257

Event 280 (75883F43)

Date: 9/1660
Location: London, England
Description: A gentleman of significant stature, once an Officer of Eminency in the late King's army and presently a Justice of the Peace, reported witnessing a sighting of unknown lights. The observer saw a bright light in the Southwest accompanied by six smaller lights. As he and several others watched with amazement, all the lights suddenly descended vertically and disappeared. This account describes an unexplained phenomenon involving a formation of lights that captured the attention of the witness and onlookers before swiftly vanishing, contributing to the growing records of pre-industrial anomalous sightings.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_258

Event 281 (E141874F)

Date: 10/3/1660
Location: Hull, England
Description: Soldiers stationed at the South Blockhouse reported a significant sighting of a large fiery object with a tapering shape at one end, leaving a narrow trail behind. The object emitted such intense brilliance that it enabled them to read fine print or even pick up a pin from the ground by its light. This remarkable aerial presence persisted for half an hour. A traveler arriving in Hull from Lincolnshire on the same night confirmed the sighting, describing a very bright light in the sky that illuminated his way through the darkness. Several reputable individuals in Hull, including eyewitnesses and informed inhabitants of London, attested to the incident, contributing to the reliability of this account of an unexplained flying object that left a profound impact on those who witnessed it.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_259

Event 282 (D20F7D63)

Date: 10/11/1660
Location: Hertford, England
Description: An individual of high reputation and credibility woke up at 4 A.M. due to a flashing light resembling fire against their window. Concerned that a nearby house might be on fire, they got up to investigate. What they saw was a sizable object surrounded by a circle, with two appendages situated above and below it. These appendages emitted significant flashes of light. The unusual object remained visible for several hours and was also witnessed by other individuals in the town. This account details an unexplained sighting of an object with distinct features and remarkable luminous emissions, leaving multiple witnesses intrigued by the sight.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_260

Event 283 (838001CB)

Date: 10/12/1660
Location: London, England
Description: At approximately 4 P.M., observers reported the sighting of an object moving through the air from west to east accompanied by a significant noise. Witnesses described its shape as resembling a "broomstick" or "broom." Soon after this sighting, another object of the same shape but smaller followed the same path in the sky. This account presents a peculiar incident involving the observation of two objects with distinct shapes and a shared trajectory, leaving those who saw them intrigued by the mysterious phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_261

Event 284 (676B1C43)

Date: 10/30/1660
Location: Austy, England
Description: Travelers en route to Ware Market witnessed an astonishing event. Following a sudden and intense flash of lightning, the night sky progressively brightened until a large fiery object emerged in the East and ascended. From this large object, three star-like objects descended vertically. The primary object transformed into a crescent shape and remained visible until dawn. A similar occurrence was observed by five individuals traveling from Hertford to London, where the flash of lightning was so luminous that it made their surroundings appear as bright as noonday. Contradicting the notion of a fireball or meteor, the story describes the large fiery body rising again into the air with a tail extending about the length of a pole. Eventually, it moved eastward and became fixed in the sky, resembling a star. This account presents an enigmatic event involving multiple celestial phenomena that left witnesses captivated by the spectacle's extraordinary nature.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_262

Event 285 (D08E045E)

Date: 10/30/1660
Location: Yelden, England
Description: A bright celestial object caught the attention of a reliable observer. This prominent star-like object emitted such intense light that inhabitants were able to conduct household tasks indoors using its illumination. One credible individual reported observing the object for a continuous period of two hours. Towards the end of the sighting, the object transformed into the shape of a perfect Roman 'S'. Subsequently, it divided in the middle, with one half moving towards the northeast and the other towards the southwest, gradually fading away. This account describes a compelling event where a luminous object displayed intriguing transformations and movements before gradually disappearing, captivating the attention of those who witnessed it.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_263

Event 286 (75A9F0F1)

Date: 11/10/1660
Location: Oxford, England
Description: A scholar named Allen, from Magdalen College, Oxford, experienced an unusual encounter. While in bed, he heard a noise resembling geese and went to look out of a window on a bridge side, but saw nothing. Upon returning to bed, he noticed a peculiar figure resembling a bishop at the door. Initially not too frightened, he called out to the figure and demanded it to speak. However, as the bishop-like figure approached his bed, he became terrified and cried out for help, causing the entity to vanish. The scholar later mentioned that he had witnessed and heard something he was unwilling to disclose to anyone. This account narrates a mysterious experience involving an enigmatic humanoid figure that left a lasting impression on the witness.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_264

Event 287 (0E538DE0)

Date: 11/30/1660
Location: Ilford, Essex, England
Description: During the early hours of the morning, two individuals witnessed a remarkable phenomenon. They observed a fiery cloud in the southwest sky, from which emerged two luminous objects comparable in size to the moon. These objects engaged in a dynamic aerial maneuver akin to a dogfight. Over time, one of the objects dimmed while the other grew larger, persisting in view for approximately two hours. During this period, the observers reported streams of fire and streams of blood emanating from the object. Eventually, the object reduced in size until it resembled an ordinary star. This account narrates an extraordinary sighting of luminous aerial objects engaging in an otherworldly interaction, leaving witnesses awe-inspired by the enigmatic display.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_265

Event 288 (07E99ED1)

Date: 12/1/1660
Location: Hounsditch, England
Description: At 5 A.M., a resident of Hounsditch reported sighting a mysterious and radiant object resembling the size of the moon in the eastern part of the sky.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_266


Year: 1661, 8 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 289 (18F14675)

Date: 1661
Location: Goult, Vaucluse, France
Description: Antoine de Nantes, an ailing messenger from Goult, witnessed a radiant and captivating child-like figure surrounded by a fiery halo. Miraculously, the sight of this luminous being led to his complete recovery. Subsequently, a chapel was consecrated within two years, marked by a surge in reported miracles.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_267

Event 290 (E107BDC7)

Date: 2/1661
Location: Darken, Surrey, England
Description: During the evening, an observant gentleman witnessed an unusual cloud formation. He described two cathedral or church-like objects within the cloud, adorned with magnificent spires and streamers. One object brightened over time while the other remained darker. The larger entity emitted vapor and vanished, while the smaller one increased in brightness. Unfortunately, the witness was summoned indoors and couldn't observe the conclusion of the phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_268

Event 291 (CF9FEE09)

Date: 3/20/1661
Location: Canterbury, England
Description: A significant celestial event transpired, as a remarkably large "star" was observed in the sky, featuring a distinctive opening beneath it. This aperture emitted streams of fiery light, captivating the observers for a duration of thirty minutes.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_269

Event 292 (370AC71C)

Date: 4/1661
Location: Chard, Somersetshire, England
Description: Several witnesses observed a narrow, long dusty cloud from which three very bright spots descended and merged together.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_270

Event 293 (9DB2385E)

Date: 4/1661
Time: 22:00
Location: Between Ilford and Romford, England
Description: Around 10 P.M. - Captain Chelmford of Ipswich and a companion witnessed a maneuvering fiery light with a green-white glow that altered its course. The light swiftly approached, emitting beams, then abruptly changed direction directly above them before vanishing at the horizon. Notably, upon reaching London, the witnesses formalized their encounter by having a notarial deed documenting the experience created.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_271

Event 294 (C479A09A)

Date: 4/23/1661
Location: Bednall-Green, England
Description: Observers witnessed a significant pillar of fire encompassing smaller objects resembling "burning coals." At around 10 o'clock that night, individuals near Pickadilly also reported seeing unsettling fiery clouds and other alarming objects. These details were relayed by witnesses who were greatly affected by the sight.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_272

Event 295 (3FCCF953)

Date: 6/29/1661
Location: Eastberry, Berkshire, England
Description: Numerous dark balls obscured the Sun, moving across its path, while additional objects resembling crosses were also observed.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_273

Event 296 (62F0AC0D)

Date: 10/1661
Location: Bristol, England
Description: A cloud emerged from the river, splitting open on three occasions to unveil various discernible figures within.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_274


Year: 1662, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 297 (217D5C9A)

Date: 4/1662
Location: Tedworth, Wiltshire, England
Description: Multiple occurrences of bedroom visitations, accompanied by knocks and accounts of witnesses experiencing paralysis due to lights and humanoid entities.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_275

Event 298 (1ACDFCFE)

Date: 5/11/1662
Location: Near Salt Ash, Cornwall, England
Description: A "very great star" with the appearance of two red "legs" and a black square object was observed near St. Stephens. The star exhibited an unusual back-and-forth motion.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_276


Year: 1663, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 299 (7B0C1663)

Date: Late 7/1663
Location: Saint Martin, Brittany, France
Description: Francois Carre of Bodeau witnessed a flying red cross near Saint Martin church. The cross appeared to move away from the church towards the direction of the Saint Michel chapel. Seeking confirmation, Carre called his wife to observe, and she also reported seeing the red cross heading towards the chapel of Saint-Michel.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_277

Event 300 (4BB36054)

Date: 8/15/1663
Locations: church in a village near Lake Zarobozero, Vologda Oblast, Russia; Lake Zarobozero, Vologda Oblast, Russia
Description: 12:00 noon. The faithful gathered in a church in a village near Lake Zarobozero, Vologda Oblast, Russia, hear a loud noise outside and see a large ball of fire descend from the north and then head south following the lake, low over its surface. The fireball seems to measure about 140 feet across and has blue smoke issuing from its sides. Two fiery rays extend from its front part. Less than an hour later, a similar fireball reappears over the same lake. Moving from south to west, the object again disappears. It reappears a third time a short while later, this time larger than before, and stays over the lake for an hour and a half. Peasants in a boat try to get close to it, but the heat is too intense. The water of the lake is illuminated to a depth of 30 feet, and fish are seen swimming away from the object, which then flies off to the west.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Akty istoricheskie, sobranye i izdanye Arkheografischeskaia Kommissiia, Vol. 4, Saint Petersburg, 1842, pp. 331–332; Hobana and Weverbergh 54–61; Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, Wonders in the Sky, Tarcher, 2009, pp. 215–217; Thomas E. Bullard, “Defending UFOs,” IUR 34, no. 2 (March 2012): 31; Stonehill and Mantle, Russia’s USO Secrets, Flying Disk, 2020, pp. 157–161
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_5

Event 301 (AF0E80F4)

Date: 8/15/1663
Description: At noon on this day a large ball of fire, 45 meters in diameter, descended toward Lake Robozero, Bieloziero, Russia. Two beams of light came from the object and was directed onto fisherman in a boat on the lake. The water in the lake was illuminated to a depth of 30 feet. The fisherman were burned by the heat from the beams, and the water became covered with a "rust" material.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Ion Hobana & Julien Weverbergh, UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain, pp. 54-55; John W. Spencer, World Atlas of UFOs, p. 128 ; Jacques Vallee, UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat, p. 135
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_5027

Event 302 (9E7C26C2)

Date: 8/15/1663
Location: Roboziero near Bieloziero, Russia
Description: Farmer Levko Federov and others witnessed a fiery object approximately 40 meters in diameter, accompanied by burning beams. The object reappeared an hour later, moving across the sky in different directions. The event was reported by Ivachko Rievskoi to Saint Cyrille Monastery. The object's appearance led to fervent prayers among the gathered people, and its illumination affected the lake's waters. The reported phenomenon, observed over water, caused disruption to nearby boats and wildlife, leaving a lasting impression on the witnesses.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_278


Year: 1665, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 303 (E06F1729)

Date: 2/1665
Location: Vienna, Austria
Description: A flying object with a box-like appearance, described to resemble a coffin, was observed in the sky, leading to widespread anxiety among witnesses.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_279

Event 304 (97C821AB)

Date: 4/8/1665
Locations: Stralsund, Germany; St. Nicholas Church
Description: 6:00 p.m. Numerous wonders are seen in the sky over Stralsund, Germany, including ships, large flocks of birds, fire, and smoke, as well as a dark “round flat form like a plate and like a big man’s hat” that hovers above St. Nicholas Church for one hour. Witnesses include several fishermen who later complain of tremors in their hands and feet.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Eine abgebildete Beschreibung von dem wunderbarlichen Stralsundischen Lufft-Kriege und Schiff-streite, Leipzig, 1665; Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough, Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History, Anomalist, 2015, pp. 23–38
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_6

Event 305 (245E882B)

Date: 4/8/1665
Location: Stralsund, Germany
Description: Witnesses in Stralsund reported anomalous sightings involving aerial ships and a saucer-shaped object with a dome flying over the town's church near the Baltic Sea. The saucer-like object, resembling a large man's hat, remained stationary above the St. Nicolai church until evening. The observers, including fishermen who initially saw a swarm of starling birds that transformed into battling ships, experienced feelings of sickness and trembling, possibly due to radiation. The event was documented in various historical accounts, including Erasmus Francisci's writings, and later discussed by researcher Illobrand Von Ludwiger, acknowledging skepticism but indicating the significance of the sighting in relation to historical conflicts between the Swedes and the Prussians.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_280


Year: 1666, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 306 (26D08CEB)

Date: 5/26/1666
Location: Tokyo (Edo), Japan
Description: A baffling sighting occurred as a luminous entity, resembling a human and measuring around "20 feet long," was witnessed flying toward the East. The event offers an intriguing account from Asia, though further comprehensive details are required for a deeper understanding.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_281


Year: 1667, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 307 (418A7463)

Date: 1/20/1667
Location: Gjov, Faeroe Islands
Description: Jacob Olsen, 24, encountered an extraordinary event where he was awakened by a radiant being. This luminous visitor reportedly had healing abilities and made a subsequent appearance descending from the sky. The incident remains a remarkable account of an otherworldly encounter on the Faeroe Islands.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_282

Event 308 (40034580)

Date: 11/15/1667
Location: Mittelfischach, Germany
Description: A remarkable sighting occurred at sunrise, lasting several hours, where a "terrible sign of wonder" was observed in the sky over Mittelfischach. An engraving captures the scene, depicting the sun shining through cloud gaps as onlookers witnessed a display of round lights forming a battle scene in the sky. Notably, three crosses were visible amidst dark nebulosities, while intricate details of the village, including the church and a few houses, were shown on the left side of the image. This event has been preserved as a vivid historical record of the unusual phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_283

Event 309 (6E91F97A)

Date: Late 12/1667
Location: Bayarcal, Spain
Description: Procession of lights: In the midst of the inquisition's attention, Juan Munoz, a tailor from Santander, testified about an anomalous sighting in Bayarcal. Around Christmas time at midnight in 1667, he observed a cross followed by a banner, and four wick-like lights that flickered on and off. Initially assuming it to be the Viaticum carried by a priest, the lights appeared exceptionally bright. Munoz walked closer as the lights moved, eventually reaching a point fifteen steps away. Anxious about what he saw, he went home, only to witness the lights passing by the church as he closed the door. Despite his initial reluctance, he shared the experience with neighbors who revealed similar sightings in the past, often interpreted as signs commemorating local martyrs' lives. The event was considered significant due to Munoz's unfamiliarity with the phenomenon upon his arrival, indicating its existence beyond imagination, and similar light processions were reported across Spain and Europe, varying in size and location.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_284


Year: 1670, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 310 (57AD82CE)

Date: 4/1670
Location: Countryside near London, England
Description: Jane Lead's contact: Jane Lead, a British Christian mystic born in 1623, had a transformative encounter in April 1670. During a moment of contemplation about Wisdom, she experienced an overshadowing bright Cloud from which emerged the figure of a woman adorned in radiant gold. Although the woman's appearance was both awe-inspiring and gentle, Lead was initially astonished. This encounter marked the beginning of a life filled with visionary experiences for Jane Lead. Her subsequent writings detailed various sightings and abductions by enigmatic beings, neither angels nor demons, which she referred to as 'Transports' in her diaries. Jane Lead's mystical journey led her to delve into theology, philosophy, and alchemy, as evident in her works, particularly the book "A Fountain of Gardens."
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_285


Year: 1671, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 311 (B57F746E)

Date: 8/18/1671
Location: Regensburg, Germany
Description: Signs in the clouds: An intriguing event occurred in Regensburg as witnessed on 18 August 1671. An engraving depicts a mesmerized crowd gazing at an array of unusual occurrences in the sky, including ships, mythical creatures, and armies poised for battle. This engraving, featured in the 1672 edition of "The Relationis historicae semestralis vernalis continuatio" authored by Jacobus Francus and Sigismundus Latomus, captures a moment of awe-inspiring celestial phenomena that captivated the observers.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_286


Year: 1672, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 312 (ADD645BC)

Date: 1/25/1672
Location: Paris Observatory, France
Description: Unknown planetoid orbiting Venus: Giovanni Domenico Cassini, the renowned astronomer and director of the Paris Observatory, noted an enigmatic finding on this date. He observed what appeared to be a potential satellite orbiting Venus, but he refrained from publicizing this discovery until its confirmation in 1686 upon seeing the object again. The mysterious satellite was subsequently identified as "Neith," marking a significant observation in the history of planetary exploration.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_287

Event 313 (71A3EB39)

Date: 2/8/1672
Time: 13:00
Location: OFF CHERBOURG, FR
Description: Dark 'flying ship' hovers still / wind. No sails. Going quickly south. / r186#25.
Type: sighting
Reference: LUMIERES DANS la NUIT (LDLN), Paris. Bimonthly since 1957. LDLN B.P.3; 77123 Le Vaudoue, FRANCE. (Index 186)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_39

Attributes: CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, SEA: Observer(s) at sea, MIL: Observer(s) military, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "8", Duration: "33", Elev: "0", HatchDesc: "off CHERBOURG,FR:DARK 'FLYING SHIP' HVRS STILL/WIND:NO SAILS:>>S:/r186#25", LatLong: "49.833336 -1.750000", LatLongDMS: "49:50:00 N 01:45:00 W", Locale: "Offshore", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Manche", Strangeness: "6"

Event 314 (AEF12A1F)

Date: 2/8/1672
Description: A dark "flying ship" hovered in place over the ocean near Cherbourg, France during a wind. It had no sails, and eventually flew off to the south after 33 minutes.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Lumieres dans la Nuit, issue # 186
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_751

Event 315 (B88834AE)

Date: 2/8/1672
Location: Off Cherbourg, France
Description: Triple sky ships: Captain Isaac Guiton recounted an extraordinary sighting at sea. A "star" descended and divided into two distinct "ships," with a third vessel emerging later. The description details how the star initially appeared overhead, then descended towards the north, leaving a trail of smoke that transformed into two ships, each featuring lights and furled sails. These ships sailed southward, spaced around four feet apart, and eventually a third ship emerged between them, appearing larger and entirely black. This middle ship, without sails but with masts and ropes, assumed a northward orientation as if at anchor. The entire spectacle lasted over half an hour before the ships vanished without a trace, leaving the witnesses in awe.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_288

Event 316 (DE457FA4)

Date: 11/16/1672
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Description: Flying lantern: A sighting in Tokyo involved the observation of an object that bore a resemblance to a lantern. This object took flight and moved towards the east, sparking curiosity and intrigue among the witnesses.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_289


Year: 1674, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 317 (B707EDE4)

Date: 1674
Location: Japan
Description: Fast flying "dark cloud": In an unspecified location in Japan, an anomalous sighting occurred. Witnesses observed a swift-moving, elongated "dark cloud" traveling in a direction from the north to the southeast, akin to an arrow's trajectory. The description provided distinguishes this sighting from typical meteors, which are luminous and often described as "fiery," suggesting that this particular occurrence did not conform to the characteristics of a meteor.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_290


Year: 1676, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 318 (B4605CE4)

Date: 5/23/1676
Location: London, England
Description: Spiritual writer Jane Lead recorded a peculiar experience in her diary, recounting the presence of three enigmatic figures in her bedroom. The first figure, appearing as a youthful presence, startled her, rendering her speechless. A second, more mature and masculine figure, sought familiarity but remained silent before vanishing. Lastly, a comely and attractive figure emerged, though her spiritual constraints prevented interaction. Though some might interpret this as a manifestation of schizophrenia, today's perspective could liken it to a classic "bedroom visitation" by extraterrestrial beings found in contemporary abduction literature.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_291

Event 319 (E3F55207)

Date: 7/16/1676
Location: London, England
Description: Spiritual writer Jane Lead observed a remarkable celestial event, describing it as an azure blue firmament with an extraordinary eye at its center, radiating flaming streams. She found it challenging to depict the exact form, but conveyed an image of a flaming eye within a circular rainbow, accompanied by countless stars in the sky. Although her language is reminiscent of 17th-century mysticism, her account appears to detail a luminous, eye-shaped object with radiant streams that traversed the London sky on a sunny day. Her drawing suggests an oval or eye-like object emitting fiery light, encircled by a substantial "Globe of Light," possibly distinct from a simple ring or rainbow.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_292

Event 320 (17030995)

Date: 9/20/1676
Location: Uffington Fields, England
Description: An extraordinary event unfolded as witnesses in Northamptonshire observed a peculiar fiery meteor resembling a dart. The meteor exhibited an unusual wavy and vibrating movement as it traveled across the sky, with its stem initially appearing to be around a foot and a half in length and emitting a slender stream of light, akin to a cord. The sighting, reported around 7 P.M., lasted approximately one minute. Mr. Gibbon, an observer from Peterborough, detailed the meteor's distinctive behavior and appearance, noting its motion towards Uffington Fields after he spotted it at the zenith.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_293


Year: 1677, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 321 (0476318D)

Date: 3/22/1677
Location: London, England
Description: Spiritual writer Jane Lead recounted a nocturnal experience in which she felt transported into a wilderness during a magical sleep. Initially surrounded by tranquil nature, the serenity was disrupted by the presence of three entities, including a fierce female who pricked her skin akin to a sharp needle. Seeking celestial aid, Lead managed to ward off these beings and the encounter concluded. She later learned through the vision that there was no need for concern, as such an event would not recur.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_294

Event 322 (03CB10AA)

Date: 12/30/1677
Location: At sea West of Granada, Spain
Description: Pierre Boutard, an officer on the ship La Maligne, documented an extraordinary sighting in the ship's logbook. Around 4 in the morning, a brilliant "star" appeared in the northwest, moving to the southeast, emanating intense light that deceived the crew into thinking there was a widespread fire. The celestial object was accompanied by over 200 rays, intensifying the dazzling effect and causing distress among the crew. The ship eventually anchored in Grenada's small bay between 9 and 10 in the morning.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_295


Year: 1678, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 323 (509F8577)

Date: 2/9/1678
Location: London, England
Description: Jane Lead's diary entry describes an anomalous sighting where she awoke in a disoriented state and found herself surrounded by unfamiliar figures in a silent place. She experienced a sense of detachment from her corporeal body and observed a gold-colored craft resembling a large ship with four golden wings descending swiftly. Although Lead questioned the figures about what she saw, they claimed not to see it. The ship landed, and Lead felt herself leaping and dancing with joy. Eventually, the ship ascended and disappeared, after which Lead returned to her physical senses. This account bears similarities to modern UFO abduction experiences, challenging the notion that such stories are confined to contemporary times.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_296


Year: 1680, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 324 (CCD59E2A)

Date: 9/17/1680
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Description: A significant incident occurred where a dark cloud-like mass descended and landed in a field. From this mysterious mass emerged a large, hairy entity whose appearance seemed to materialize and vanish.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_297


Year: 1684, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 325 (725271A2)

Date: 11/17/1684
Time: 10:00
Location: Saint Aubin, Brittany, France
Description: At approximately 10 A.M., a priest from Lannion reported witnessing an unusual event. He observed a tear-shaped object resembling a flame descending from the sky. The object's slow movement took around seven to eight minutes to reach the horizon. It displayed a bluish hue and emitted sparks from its tail. Notably, the object's location was opposite to that of the sun.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_298


Year: 1685, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 326 (226FF48C)

Date: 12/10/1685
Time: 22:30
Location: MOON
Description: Astronomer Bianchini. Reddish ray / light crosses crater Plato during eclipse.
Type: sighting
Reference: PINDEVIC, Thierry: Le NOEUD GORDIEN ou la FANTASTIQUE HISTOIRE des OVNI. Editions France-Empire, Paris 1979. (Index 51)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_40

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NFO: No craft seen, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "The Moon", Credibility: "7", Duration: "2", HatchDesc: "MOON:ASTRONOMER BIANCHINI:REDDISH RAY/LITE CROSSES CRATER PLATO DURING ECLIPSE", LatLong: "90.000004 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "90:00:00 N 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "PLT", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1686, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 327 (0C27C05D)

Date: 1686
Description: French philosopher Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle writes Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds, in which he speculates on extraterrestrial life. He imagines Venusians to be “little black people, scorched with the Sun, full of fire, very amorous.”
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Wikipedia, “Conversations on the Plurality of WorldsSource: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_7

Event 328 (2E1A64CA)

Date: 7/9/1686
Time: 01:30
Location: LEIPZIG, GER
Description: Astronomer Kirch and more/others. Moon-size fireball hovers / 8 minute(s). Altitude = 50km. Same / 22 Mar. '1680.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 144)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_41

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Germany", Credibility: "9", Duration: "8", HatchDesc: "LEIPZIG,GER:ASTRONOMER KIRCH++:MOONSIZE FBL HVRS/8min:ALT=50km:SAME/22MAR1680", LatLong: "51.333336 12.400001", LatLongDMS: "51:20:00 N 12:24:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Saxony", Strangeness: "5"

Event 329 (41DE29EB)

Date: 7/9/1686
Time: 01:20
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Description: At around 1:20 A.M., the late Mr. Gottfried Kirch, a knowledgeable observer of astronomy, documented a remarkable sighting. He observed a brilliant object in the sky, about half the apparent size of the Moon, suspended motionless for a duration of 15 minutes. The object was described as having the characteristics of a fireball with a tail. Its initial brightness was so intense that reading could be done by its light. The phenomenon was witnessed simultaneously in various locations, including Schmitza. Kirch's notes indicated the object's position and its oblique trajectory before eventually fading away, leaving behind unseen nodes or globules.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_299

Event 330 (FA001ABC)

Date: 8/28/1686
Location: Paris Observatory in France
Description: Cassini made a notable observation of a mystery planetoid in close proximity to Venus. This sighting occurred while Venus was situated as a morning "star," positioned at a heliocentric longitude of 59° and an elongation of 38°. The enigmatic object, later named "Neith," appeared to be roughly 1/10th the diameter of Venus and displayed a similar phase. This marked Cassini's second sighting of the object, sparking intrigue in the scientific community.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_300


Year: 1688, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 331 (E42BF5D7)

Date: 6/1688
Location: Yunan Province, China
Description: Approximate date. an anomalous sighting occurred involving a sizable yellow "umbrella-like" entity. This object ascended from a ridge, emitting numerous lights, and subsequently descended again. According to an account from that time, during the 27th year of Emperor Kangxi's reign in the Qing dynasty, a person named Bixilin observed this phenomenon while in the mountains near Kunmin. Regularly around noon, under clear weather conditions, the object, resembling a brilliant yellow canopy, gradually rose above the ridge, emitting dazzling lights. Due to its radiance, direct viewing was challenging. The object would rise and then vanish into the clouds, only to reappear later, repeating its ascent and descent. Interestingly, the object's luminosity diminished after sunset, eventually fading away completely in the darkened sky.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_301


Year: 1689, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 332 (6101E4B1)

Date: 12/20/1689
Time: 04:45
Location: In England
Description: An unusual event took place at approximately 4:45 AM. A fiery object, resembling a half-moon, transformed into a radiant sword-like shape and swiftly traveled in a westerly direction.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_302


Year: 1692, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 333 (D718C6A1)

Date: 5/6/1692
Time: 12:00?
Location: EDO = TOKYO, JAPAN
Description: 3 objects in formation. Type unknown. 6 wheels and 2 flying barns in Wales / 1694.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 25)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_42

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Japan", Credibility: "8", Duration: "2", HatchDesc: "EDO=TOKYO,JAPAN:3 OBJs/FORMn:type unk::6 WHEELS+2 FLYING BARNS in WALES/1694", LatLong: "35.683335 139.766673", LatLongDMS: "35:41:00 N 139:46:00 E", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Honshu Island", Strangeness: "6"

Event 334 (6EFAB9B9)

Date: 5/6/1692
Time: 12:00
Location: Edo (now Tokyo), Japan
Description: A striking incident occurred during daylight hours. Three luminous objects, resembling the sun, the moon, and a star, emerged in the sky. These objects exhibited a remarkable and otherworldly sparkle.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_303


Year: 1693, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 335 (A823EF32)

Date: 1693
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Description: An intriguing event unfolded involving a highly luminous circular "machine." This machine featured a central sphere and was observed as it traversed across the sky.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_304

Event 336 (8A783969)

Date: 9/1693
Location: Bowden Parva, Northampton, England
Description: A complex and unfamiliar object was witnessed. The upper part of the object resembled the letter "W," with a luminous string of light extending from the lower section of the "W," measuring about a yard and a half in length. This enigmatic formation persisted for a duration and was observed by multiple individuals across the surrounding region.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_305

Event 337 (293E8C68)

Date: 12/1693
Location: Egryn, Merionethshire, Wales
Description: An unexplained fiery incident occurred. A "fiery exhalation" emerged from the sea and ignited the hay with a subdued blue flame. Despite being easily extinguishable, the fire displayed an unusual nature. Men who intervened to save the hay noticed that, although distinct from regular fire, it did not harm them even when they approached or entered it.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_306


Year: 1694, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 338 (47685A60)

Date: 7/23/1694
Location: London, England
Description: An event was documented by Jane Lead, involving a phenomenon she termed an "enclosed Principle" encircled by fire. Within this space, luminous Beryl Bodies were observed moving in a manner akin to a mirror's reflection. A spherical representation of the regal glory of their powerful King accompanied them in their movements. The ground they tread upon was adorned with sparkling stones and veins of gold, emitting a profound radiance.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_307


Year: 1696, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 339 (C6727671)

Date: 11/25/1696
Location: Tobolsk, Russia
Description: A remarkable sighting occurred in the sky. An object divided into four radiant segments, with a central region that appeared dark, revealed the outline of a human form within. This celestial occurrence was reported as follows: "On Sunday, at 2 P.M., there appeared in Tobolsk a sign in the sun: it split into four parts, as it were, and the rays from the sun were light, but in the middle it was dark. And among these parts one could see in the darkness something like a man with extended arms."
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_308

Event 340 (05919F9C)

Date: 11/28/1696
Time: 05:00
Location: Tobolsk, Russia
Description: An anomalous sighting involved a double object descending from a dark cloud in the east. Resembling an iron clamp with a bright shining fire, the objects descended to the ground, creating a remarkable spectacle.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_309


Year: 1697, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 341 (57C013B2)

Date: 11/4/1697
Time: 06:00
Location: Mecklenburg & Hamburg, Germany
Description: At 6-7 P.M., an event of pre-industrial anomalous sightings featured two massive glowing wheels in the sky. The spectacle, witnessed by crowds, included a fiery cannonball-shaped object and a cross-shaped entity with sulfur-gleaming, bright and terrible lightning. After about 15 minutes, the fiery ball emitted a bang and vanished from sight, followed by the departure of the cross-shaped entity, leaving a lasting impression on the many thousands of spectators.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_310


Year: 1699, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 342 (714EFE9C)

Date: 1699
Location: St
Description: Didier, Vaucluse, near Avignon, France. A priest recounted an unusual event where he witnessed a large light and three fire globes descending from the sky and subsequently merging. The globes, with one in the center and two flanking, appeared to hover at different heights. As the priest observed in awe, two additional lights emerged, slightly higher in the sky, and ultimately combined with the central globe before disappearing, prompting the priest to express gratitude for the remarkable marvel he had witnessed.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_311


Year: 1700, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 343 (8E3A3D71)

Date: 1700's
Description: Significant sightings
Type: ufo sightings
Reference: Charles Fort
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_3

Event 344 (C173D668)

Date: 8/1700
Location: Sahalahti, Eastern Finland
Description: In a peculiar incident, an elderly blacksmith named Tiittu allegedly vanished following the appearance of a flying disk over the village. Tiittu's son embarked on a search and encountered a being resembling a "bear," who informed him that his father had flown away. Subsequently, the villagers observed a large hovering disk above the village, which stirred fears of an impending apocalypse. For two days, the villagers engaged in religious practices, expressing their anxieties. Later, Tiittu's son encountered the "bear" again, who reassured him that his father had been taken to a superior world by the sky ship. The event sparked community discussions, yet a new priest dismissed it as a product of drunken imaginations and urged the villagers to forget the incident.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_312


Year: 1701, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 345 (EF8B7E1B)

Date: 1701
Location: Cape Passaro, Sicily, Italy
Description: Witness C. De Corbin reported a remarkable sighting of a luminous light in the sky that remained suspended for a duration of two hours, defying strong winds.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_313


Year: 1702, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 346 (5C396C20)

Date: 9/1702
Location: Japan
Description: A sun-like object with a red hue was observed in the sky, releasing cotton-like filaments as it hovered.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_314


Year: 1704, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 347 (9E95FBE3)

Date: 1704
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Description: In an intriguing occurrence, individuals witnessed the sky adorned with sparkling boat-like objects that weaved, pursued, combined, and separated from one another, seemingly multiplying in clear sight. The nature of the phenomenon remains ambiguous, and there's insufficient data to definitively attribute it to an aurora borealis.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_315


Year: 1707, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 348 (39BEB0BC)

Date: 10/28/1707
Location: Hidaka County, Wakayama, Japan
Description: Amid a coastal tsunami, a luminous white ball-like object manifested within the waves, adding to the extraordinary events of the moment.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_316

Event 349 (D923A232)

Date: 12/18/1707
Time: 20:00
Location: SEVERAL COS / SOUTH ENGL
Description: Huge cylinder/cylindrical object and odd cloud and night lights move together. Low / horizon. / Rev. John Morton.
Type: sighting
Reference: AWARENESS (Quarterly) CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK: listed by year. (Index 77)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_43

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "10", Duration: "10", Elev: "60", HatchDesc: "SVRL cos/S.ENGL:HUGE CYL+ODD CLOUD+NLTS MOVE TOGETHER:LO/HRZN:/Rev.John Morton", LatLong: "52.000002 -2.000000", LatLongDMS: "52:00:00 N 02:00:00 W", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "6"

Event 350 (08AA1B9F)

Date: 12/18/1707
Location: Southern coast of England
Description: A massive cylindrical object accompanied by an unusual cloud was observed moving alongside nocturnal lights near the low horizon. According to the account of "the Worshipful Charles Kirkham, Esq.," the phenomenon appeared as a horizontally oriented, dark cylindrical cloud that divided the sky's brightness into roughly equal halves. Despite brisk winds, the cloud remained relatively stationary until a sudden brightening occurred within it, culminating in the emergence of pale-colored flames. The flames subsided within half a minute, leaving the cloud's original position unchanged, creating a profoundly eerie and astonishing spectacle.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_317


Year: 1710, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 351 (0BD5DD36)

Date: 5/11/1710
Time: 02:00
Location: London, England
Description: At 2:00 A.M., several witnesses reported a peculiar sighting involving a "strange comet" being trailed by two black clouds. Following this, an account describes the appearance of a figure resembling a man within a fiery cloud, holding a sword, and moving in conjunction with the clouds. This remarkable spectacle continued for almost fifteen minutes, leaving the observers greatly astonished. A visual representation of the event was captured through a woodcut illustration.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_318


Year: 1716, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 352 (50716DC7)

Date: 3/1/1716
Time: 21:00
Location: OFF NORTHWEST SPAIN
Description: British ship. Glowing cloud divided / beams of light. Seen / 15 hours and vanishes.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 24)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_44

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, MIL: Observer(s) military, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, VEH: Vehicle affected: Marks/damage/EME effects

Extra Data: Country: "Atlantic Ocean + islands", Credibility: "9", Duration: "132", Elev: "3", HatchDesc: "OFF NW SPAIN:BRIT.SHIP:GLOWING CLOUD DIVIDED/BEAMS OF LITE:SEEN/15hrs+VANISHES", LatLong: "45.600002 -10.000000", LatLongDMS: "45:36:00 N 10:00:00 W", Locale: "High Seas", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "NAT", Strangeness: "6"

Event 353 (0A561639)

Date: 3/6/1716
Time: 19:00
Location: LONDON
Description: Astronomer Edmond Halley. UFO / 2 hours. 'Bright enough to read'. Type unknown.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 12)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_45

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "10", Duration: "120", HatchDesc: "LONDON:ASTRONOMER EDMOND HALLEY:UFO/2hrs:'BRIGHT ENOUGH TO READ':TYPE UNK", LatLong: "51.500002 -0.100000", LatLongDMS: "51:30:00 N 00:06:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "4"

Event 354 (3FF05EA8)

Date: 4/2/1716
Location: Tallin, Baltic Sea
Description: An extraordinary event unfolded during the evening hours near Tallinn, where two large dark clouds were observed engaging in a unique form of combat. Numerous smaller swift clouds were also present. The incident, documented in official records and ship logbooks, occurred on the second day of Easter around 9:00 P.M. The sky featured a dense black cloud with a broad base and pointed top that ascended rapidly, creating an angle of elevation of almost half a right angle in less than three minutes. Concurrently, a brilliant comet emerged towards the west-northwest at an angle of about 12 degrees above the horizon. Another dark cloud emerged from the north and converged with the first cloud, generating a luminous column between them. This column remained stationary for several minutes before the second cloud swiftly traversed through it, resulting in a collision that produced fiery smoke lasting around fifteen minutes. The phenomenon concluded with the emergence of numerous bright arrows reaching an altitude of 80 degrees above the horizon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_319


Year: 1717, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 355 (3F2BE980)

Date: 3/6/1717
Location: Southwest of Martinique (at sea)
Description: An intriguing incident occurred where a solid object resembling a ship's mast was observed hovering approximately two feet above the water's surface. Captain Chevalier de Ricouart, commanding the frigate La Valeur, recorded the event in his log. The sighting took place around 2:00 in the morning as the ship was heading southeast. The object's presence, resembling a mast, was notable for its unusual behavior as it moved alongside the ship at a low elevation above the water.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_320


Year: 1719, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 356 (61BFD56E)

Date: 3/19/1719
Location: Oxford, England
Description: A perplexing sight unfolded in the night sky, as a remarkably bright object with whitish and blue hues was observed moving from the west in a straight path at 8:15 P.M. The object's motion, slower than that of a typical meteor, caught the attention of multiple witnesses across England. Notably, physicist Sir H. Sloane, the Vice-President of the Royal Society, reported seeing the object traverse more than 20 degrees of the sky in "less than half a minute." Despite its classification as a meteor, the object's unusually leisurely speed adds an intriguing dimension to the phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_321


Year: 1721, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 357 (223D33EE)

Date: 1/16/1721
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Description: At night, a towering Pillar of Fire was observed above the nearby mountains to the west of the city. Gradually approaching the city, the pillar eventually burst with minimal noise. Subsequently, three distinct Fire Globes emerged from the burst, each choosing a unique path before vanishing.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_322


Year: 1726, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 358 (18F9F290)

Date: 10/19/1726
Time: 19:30
Location: ATH, BELGIUM
Description: Large glowing clouds collide. Fireballs and light circles. Same / Vilvoorde later.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 26)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_46

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Belgium, Netherlandsand Luxembourg", Credibility: "8", Duration: "90", HatchDesc: "ATH,BELGIUM:LRG GLOWING CLOUDS COLLIDE:FBLS+LITE CIRCLES::SAME/VILVOORDE LATER", LatLong: "50.622225 3.772222", LatLongDMS: "50:37:20 N 03:46:20 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Belgium", Strangeness: "6"

Event 359 (3FF767A9)

Date: 10/29/1726
Location: Vilvoorde, Brabant, Belgium
Description: At around nine o'clock in the evening, a series of alarming and peculiar meteors were witnessed in the sky. These meteors, resembling lightning, emerged from the clouds and swiftly vanished. Their appearance evoked a strong sense of terror. While the possibility of an aurora borealis cannot be ruled out due to limited details, the nature of the sighting remains enigmatic.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_323


Year: 1729, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 360 (56DC9CE0)

Date: 1729
Location: Finis Terrae Cape, Galicia, Spain
Description: According to a local account, three individuals descended from a cloud, visited a market to partake in a meal, and then departed by flying southward. The incident presents a peculiar narrative of strangers arriving from the sky, adding to the realm of unexplained phenomena.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_324

Event 361 (44A7154C)

Date: 10/1/1729
Location: Noes, Uppland, Sweden
Description: Approximately two hours before sunrise, M. Suen-Hof witnessed red vapors in the sky forming expansive bands from north to south. Subsequently, these vapors coalesced into a fiery globe measuring around two feet in diameter. Emitting sun-like brightness and sparks, the globe followed the path of the earlier red vapors. Covering a quarter of the sky, the globe vanished suddenly, accompanied by dense black smoke and a cannon-like sound. The incident stands as a remarkable account of an anomalous fiery phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_325


Year: 1730, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 362 (F8A914AA)

Date: 11/2/1730
Location: Salamanca, Spain
Description: Witnessed by Torres, an astonishing event occurred at 11:30 P.M. An enormous building-sized Globe of fire manifested, accompanied by two luminous beams on either side. These beams exhibited dynamic movements, growing brighter as they fluctuated, and transitioned in color from green to red. The phenomenon's radiant light illuminated the vicinity, and by 2:00 A.M., the columns converged. Despite debates categorizing the event as a UFO, it is often attributed to an aurora borealis due to its similarities. The incident remains an intriguing blend of natural wonder and unexplained occurrence.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_326


Year: 1731, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 363 (887DF15A)

Date: 12/9/1731
Location: FIRENZE, ITALY
Description: 'Luminous cloud' going quickly [to] overhead at high velocity. / Charles Fort / news.
Type: sighting
Reference: ALDRICH, Jan J.: Private research papers. A huge mass of hard-won information. (Index 0)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_47

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), NWS: News media report, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Italy", Credibility: "8", Duration: "1", Elev: "50", HatchDesc: "FIRENZE,ITALY:'LUMINOUS CLOUD' >> OVHD AT HIGH VELOCITY:/CHARLES FORT/NEWS", LatLong: "43.783335 11.250001", LatLongDMS: "43:47:00 N 11:15:00 E", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Firenze", Strangeness: "6"

Event 364 (9A657197)

Date: 12/9/1731
Location: Florence, Italy
Description: An unexplained luminous cloud attracted attention as it moved with noticeable force from east to west, eventually vanishing beyond the horizon. Bianchini, a contemporary writer, further described the incident, noting the presence of peculiar luminous spheres emitting a whirring sound. This event, marked by its mysterious characteristics, adds to the historical record of inexplicable phenomena in the skies above Florence.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_327


Year: 1733, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 365 (D7FEB48A)

Date: 12/8/1733
Time: 11:40
Location: FLEET, DORSET
Description: 1+2 observer(s). Silver saucer darts to and fro. Going quickly northwest. Same Berks to/from Kent / 11 Dec. '1753.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 26)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_48

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "6", Duration: "60", HatchDesc: "FLEET,DORSET:1+2 OBS:SLVR SCR DARTS to+fro:>>NW::SAME BERKS><KENT/11DEC1753", LatLong: "51.283336 -0.833333", LatLongDMS: "51:17:00 N 00:50:00 W", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1735, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 366 (CA726FDC)

Date: 3/17/1735
Location: London, England
Description: Dr. John Bevis witnessed an unexplained stationary light in the sky, which persisted for an hour.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_328


Year: 1737, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 367 (BCE24C4F)

Date: 12/5/1737
Locations: Sheffield, England; Venice, Italy; Kilkenny, Ireland
Description: 5:00 p.m. Physician Thomas Short witnesses a blood-red luminous display in the sky around Sheffield, England, which moves from west to north and then to the east. The cause seems to be one or more clouds in which are embedded brilliant lights as bright as the full moon that give off slow-moving streamers or rays. The display is accompanied by unseasonable heat and lasts until 10:30 p.m. Short hears that a similar phenomenon is seen at the same time in Venice, Italy, and Kilkenny, Ireland, where it appears as a bursting fireball.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Thomas Short, “An Account of Several Meteors,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 41 \(1741\): 625–627
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_8

Event 368 (530BA691)

Date: 12/5/1737
Description: An astronomer in Sheffield, England saw a dark red, luminous cloud that emitted intense beams of light (solid light). The light beams moved slowly, then stopped. He suddenly felt so hot that he had to remove his shirt outdoors.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of Phenomenon, p. 9; Illobrand von Ludwiger, Best UFO Cases--Europe, p. 3
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_8191

Event 369 (0683DB42)

Date: 12/5/1737
Location: Sheffield, England
Description: Astronomer Thomas Short reported a distinctive event around 5 P.M. A dark red cloud emerged with a luminous body beneath it, emitting intense beams of light that moved slowly before halting. The phenomenon's heat became so intense that Short had to remove his shirt despite being outdoors. This occurrence differed from aurora borealis due to the nature of the luminous beams and the subsequent rise in temperature.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_329

Event 370 (975E169D)

Date: 12/6/1737
Locations: Bucharest; Wallachia; Banat region
Description: Afternoon. A large, blood-red object is seen in the western sky at Bucharest, Wallachia [now Romania]. It lingers for two hours before splitting up then reuniting once again. The phenomenon is said to have occurred at night in the Banat region.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Hobana and Weverbergh 222; Romania 4
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_9

Event 371 (0FEBE036)

Date: 12/6/1737
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Description: During the afternoon, a blood-red "Symbolic form" appeared in the sky from the west. This enigmatic object persisted for two hours before dividing into two segments, which soon reconnected and retreated westward.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_330


Year: 1740, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 372 (CC936522)

Date: 2/23/1740
Location: Toulon, France
Description: During the night, a rising purple globe resembling fire was observed. The orb ascended slowly, descending into the sea with a rebound effect. Upon reaching a specific altitude, it detonated, emitting multiple fireballs over the sea and mountains. The explosion produced a sound akin to a powerful thunderclap or a bomb blast. The occurrence was reported to the Marquis de Caumont by witnesses.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_331

Event 373 (5EA18CC9)

Date: 10/23/1740
Location: England
Description: Renowned astronomer James Short, celebrated for crafting telescopes, documented an intriguing sight. He believed to have witnessed an unidentified planetoid he initially considered a Venusian satellite. This celestial body, eventually dubbed "Neith" by Hozeau, was observed during Venus' heliocentric longitude of 68° and an elongation of 46°.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_332


Year: 1741, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 374 (A0495A0E)

Date: 9/21/1741
Locations: Selborne, Hampshire, England; New Alresford; Bradley
Description: Dawn. Parson-naturalist Gilbert White wakes up at his vicarage in Selborne, Hampshire, England, and finds the neighboring clover fields matted all over with a thick coat of cobwebs, laced with dew. The dogs are blinded by it when they attempt to hunt. At 9:00 a.m. more cobwebs fall from the sky and continue until dusk. They are “perfect flakes or rags; some near an inch broad, and five or six long, which fell with a degree of velocity that showed they were considerably heavier than the atmosphere.” The fall extends to the neighboring villages of New Alresford and Bradley.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Gilbert White, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789), Letter XXIII
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_10

Event 375 (79ECBEAA)

Date: 12/11/1741
Time: 12:50
Location: HERTSFORDSHIRE AND LONDON, ENG
Description: 20cm fireball falls. Levels going quickly ESE and away. / r186#26+/ r34p85.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 387)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_49

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, MID: Likely mis-identification, WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "8", Duration: "1", HatchDesc: "HERTSFORDSHIRE+LONDON,ENG:20cm FBL FALLS:LEVELS >>ESE+AWAY:/r186#26+/r34p85", LatLong: "51.500002 -0.066667", LatLongDMS: "51:30:00 N 00:04:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "4"


Year: 1742, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 376 (5BC0C89C)

Date: 12/16/1742?
Locations: St. James’s Park; Westminster; London; England
Description: 8:40 p.m. Physician Cromwell Mortimer, secretary of the Royal Society, is walking through St. James’s Park in Westminster, London, England, when he sees a light ascend from behind the trees and houses in the southwest. When it reaches 20° against the sky, it takes a horizontal path with an undulating motion before disappearing in the northeast after a full 30 seconds. The front part is luminous with a frame-like structure behind it, and it has a faint trail. The date is questionable since Mortimer calls this a “Thursday” and December 16 was a Sunday.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: [A Note by Cromwell Mortimer], Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 43 (1745): 524–525
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_11


Year: 1743, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 377 (8EFB94FE)

Date: 12/16/1743
Time: 20:40
Location: LONDON
Description: M. Cromwell. Flaming red-glowing cylinder/cylindrical object rises. Going northeast / slow wavy trajectory. / MJ#148.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 278)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_50

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "7", Duration: "1", HatchDesc: "LONDON:M.CROMWELL:FLAMING RED-GLO CYL RISES:>NE/SLOW WAVY TRAJECT:/MJ#148", LatLong: "51.500002 -0.050000", LatLongDMS: "51:30:00 N 00:03:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "6"

Event 378 (7B32D666)

Date: 12/16/1743
Location: London, England
Description: An observer from the Royal Society documents an uncommon sighting of a slow-moving, waving light resembling a rocket. At 8:40 PM, while in St. James Park, the observer witnessed a light emerging from the southern horizon behind trees and houses. The light ascended to around 20 degrees, exhibiting a wavering motion parallel to the horizon, before proceeding towards the northern point over houses. The observer described the light as resembling a flame with a bright, charcoal-like core encased in an opaque, iron-banded structure. A tail of light flame trailed from the object. The observer's detailed account and the object's unusual characteristics challenge the notion of a regular meteor, leaving it difficult to classify the phenomenon, especially considering the lack of satellite re-entry in 1743.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_333


Year: 1744, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 379 (2498C335)

Date: 6/6/1744
Location: HRADEC-KRALOVY, CZK
Description: 2 brilliant disks seen. No further details. / Lumieres dans la Nuit (monthly, Paris) #326p34.
Type: sighting
Reference: LUMIERES DANS la NUIT (LDLN), Paris. Bimonthly since 1957. LDLN B.P.3; 77123 Le Vaudoue, FRANCE. (Index 326)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_51

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Czech and Slovak Republics", Credibility: "6", Duration: "1", HatchDesc: "HRADEC-KRALOVY,CZK:2 BRILLIANT DISKS SEEN:NFD:/LDLN #326p34", LatLong: "50.200002 15.833334", LatLongDMS: "50:12:00 N 15:50:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "VYC", Strangeness: "6"

Event 380 (ECF61301)

Date: 6/23/1744
Location: Knott, Scotland
Description: A group of twenty-six witnesses, including a judge, reported an astonishing occurrence where they observed a troop of armed men in the sky above a hill. At around 7 o'clock in the evening, D. Stricket, a servant to Mr. Lancaster, spotted a procession of horse-mounted figures moving leisurely along Souter Fell in Cumberland. After alerting his master, Mr. Lancaster, the aerial figures became visible near a location known as Knott. The inexplicable spectacle continued for a duration of two hours, during which all twenty-six individuals, residing within a mile's radius, had the chance to witness the phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_334


Year: 1745, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 381 (314B6B9F)

Date: 7/14/1745
Locations: Standlake Broad; Oxford, England
Description: Astronomer George Costard observes a meteoric stream of fire that persists for at least one hour at Standlake Broad west of Oxford, England.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: “Part of a Letter from the Reverend Mr. Geo. Costard to Mr. John Catlin, concerning a Fiery Meteor Seen in the Air on July 14, 1745,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 43 (1745): 522–524
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_12

Event 382 (3FFCF5AF)

Date: 7/14/1745
Location: London, England
Description: Reverend George Costard witnessed an anomalous event where he observed a trumpet-shaped object flying over Stanlake Broad at approximately 8:00 PM.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_335


Year: 1748, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 383 (AD1DB25A)

Date: 8/5/1748
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Description: Eleven witnesses reported seeing three globes of light along with the appearance of twelve tall men and armies in the sky at 2 P.M. in a valley located west of the city. Initially believed to be meteorological phenomena, the intensity of the lights increased, revealing the figures and armies dressed in bright clothing. The entities seemed to re-enact the battle of Culloden, which had occurred near Inverness on 16 April 1746. Notably, the sighting's timing during the early afternoon ruled out the possibility of an aurora being responsible for the anomalous occurrence.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_336


Year: 1749, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 384 (92B5BCE6)

Date: 1/2/1749 (approximate)
Location: JAPAN / LOCATION UNKNOWN
Description: 3 moonlike objects / 4 days. Later they line up. Days later 2 more show.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: DIMENSIONS, A Casebook of Alien Contact Ballentine, NY 1989. PB (Index 12)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_52

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Japan", Credibility: "6", Duration: "128", HatchDesc: "JAPAN/LOC UNK:3 MOONLIKE OBJS/4 DAYS:LATER THEY LINE UP:DAYS LATER 2 MORE SHOW", LatLong: "36.050002 140.000007", LatLongDMS: "36:03:00 N 140:00:00 E", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Honshu Island", Strangeness: "6"

Event 385 (0C0E1DEA)

Date: 11/4/1749
Locations: North Atlantic Ocean; Cape Finisterre, Spain
Description: 11:50 a.m. The crew of the HMS Montagu watches a large blue fireball, apparently low on the water, head directly toward them from the northeast and explode some 150 feet away from the ship, causing some damage to the mast, before it continues on toward the southwest. The incident takes place in the North Atlantic Ocean some 240 miles west of Cape Finisterre, Spain.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Chalmers, “An Account of an Extraordinary Fireball Bursting at Sea,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 46 \(1752\): 366–367; Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough, Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History, Anomalist, 2015, pp. 67–75; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 2, Anomalist, 2021, pp. 105–114
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_13


Year: 1752, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 386 (90507DD7)

Date: 1752
Location: Kazan, Russia
Description: A man named "Yashka" claimed to have encountered a person dressed in white who transported him to a flying cauldron. Yashka described his experience as a journey to another world before ultimately returning to Earth.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_337

Event 387 (D22F19E1)

Date: 4/15/1752
Location: STAVANGER, NORWAY
Description: 'Octagonal star' seen. / Charles Fort / Book of the Damned and IFS#26.
Type: sighting
Reference: ALDRICH, Jan J.: Private research papers. A huge mass of hard-won information. (Index 0)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_53

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, NWS: News media report, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Scandanavian and Finland", Credibility: "7", Duration: "1", HatchDesc: "STAVANGER,NORWAY:'OCTAGONAL STAR' SEEN:/CHARLES FORT/BOOK OF THE DAMNED+IFS#26", LatLong: "58.950003 5.716667", LatLongDMS: "58:57:00 N 05:43:00 E", Locale: "Coastlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Norway", Strangeness: "5"

Event 388 (0646411A)

Date: 4/15/1752
Location: Stavanger, Norway
Description: An octagonal luminosity was observed in the sky, emitting fireballs from its corners.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_338

Event 389 (14E5D1AE)

Date: 6/1/1752?
Location: AUGERMANLAND, SWD
Description: Luminous spheres exit bright cylinder/cylindrical object in sky. Coordinates approximate. / IFS#26.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 13)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_54

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Scandanavian and Finland", Credibility: "6", Duration: "10", HatchDesc: "AUGERMANLAND,SWD:LUM SPHERES EXIT BRITE CYL.IN SKY:COORDS APRX:/IFS#26", LatLong: "60.000003 15.000001", LatLongDMS: "60:00:00 N 15:00:00 E", Locale: "Forest", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Sweden", Strangeness: "6"

Event 390 (03B65864)

Date: 6/1/1752
Time: 04:00
Location: Angermannland, Sweden
Description: Between 4 and 5 A.M., luminous "balls of fire" were seen emitting from a bright streak in the sky that stretched for approximately 12 to 13 miles along the coast from northeast to southwest.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_339


Year: 1754, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 391 (E9097CAC)

Date: 8/15/1754
Location: Amsterdam and Chiswick, England
Description: Following sunset, a peculiar sphere with a diameter similar to the full moon's was witnessed emitting intense, blinding beams of light as it descended near ground level.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_340


Year: 1755, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 392 (B416ECB4)

Date: 3/1755
Location: Jupiter
Description: German philosopher Immanuel Kant publishes Universal Natural History and Theory of the Heavens, in which he theorizes that distance from the Sun determines the intelligence level of a world’s inhabitants; thus, the people who live on Mercury are the stupidest, and the Venusians are only dimly brighter—making any Jupiterians and Saturnians much smarter than earthlings.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Wikipedia, “Universal Natural History and Theory of the HeavensSource: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_14

Event 393 (3278F6C0)

Date: 8/15/1755
Time: ~21:00
Location: CHISWICK, LONDON
Description: Odd sphere shoots brilliant beams. Drops and hovers just over ground.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 26)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_55

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "7", Duration: "5", HatchDesc: "CHISWICK,LONDON:ODD SPHERE SHOOTS BRILL.BEAMS:DROPS+HVRS JUST OVR GROUND", LatLong: "51.483336 -0.266667", LatLongDMS: "51:29:00 N 00:16:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", RelAlt: "2", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "7"


Year: 1756, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 394 (942D1F0C)

Date: 1756
Description: Scottish astronomer James Ferguson writes Astronomy Explained upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles, proclaiming the certainty of a plurality of inhabited worlds “peopled with myriads of intelligent beings, formed for endless progression in perfection and felicity.”
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: James Ferguson, Astronomy Explained upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles, 8th ed., London, 1790, p. 6; Matthew Goodman, The Sun and the Moon, Basic Books, 2008, pp. 189–190
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_15

Event 395 (5B594964)

Date: 1/2/1756
Time: 16:00
Location: TORINO, ITL
Description: Blast shakes sky. Blue object shoots flames / 20 minutes passing. No further details.
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 26)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_56

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), MID: Likely mis-identification, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), SND: UFO sounds heard or recorded

Extra Data: Country: "Italy", Credibility: "6", Duration: "20", Elev: "239", HatchDesc: "TORINO,ITL:BLAST SHAKES SKY:BLUE OBJ SHOOTS FLAMES/20 MINUTES PASSING:NFD", LatLong: "45.083335 7.750000", LatLongDMS: "45:05:00 N 07:45:00 E", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Torino", Strangeness: "5"


Year: 1758, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 396 (F7FBDE28)

Date: 1758
Locations: Jupiter; Mars; Moon; Planets beyond the solar system
Description: Swedish theologian and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg writes in The Earths in the Universe that that he has conversed with spirits from Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Venus, and the Moon, as well as spirits from planets beyond the solar system. From these encounters, he concludes that the planets are all inhabited and that such an enormous undertaking as the universe cannot have been created for just one race on one planet.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Emanuel Swedenborg, The Earths in the Universe, London, 1875; Richard Smoley, “Is There Really Life on Other Planets?” Swedenborg Foundation, February 15, 2019
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_16

Event 397 (DE7CA21E)

Date: 11/26/1758
Location: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Description: Fast conical object flies over. Offloads 3 small disks and flies away!
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 26)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_57

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "8", Duration: "1", Elev: "32", HatchDesc: "EDINBURGH,SCOTL:FAST CONICAL OBJ FLIES OVER:OFFLOADS 3 SML DISKS+FLIES AWAY!", LatLong: "55.950003 -3.233333", LatLongDMS: "55:57:00 N 03:14:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Scotland", Strangeness: "6"

Event 398 (44306C87)

Date: 12/29/1758
Time: 20:00
Location: Colchester, Essex, England
Description: Around 8:00 P.M., a large oval object resembling a football was observed descending from the sky. The object disappeared suddenly, akin to a squib without any sound.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_341


Year: 1759, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 399 (689C074C)

Date: 4/27/1759
Location: Longdon, Somerset, England
Description: 4:00 p.m. Following a clap of thunder, a flat, pale object is seen “dancing” in the sky over Longdon, Somerset, England. It is joined by three similar objects, all of which move from west to east for 30 seconds and disappear in a cloud.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: London Universal Chronicle, May 5, 1759; Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough, Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History, Anomalist, 2015, pp. 83–96
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_17

Event 400 (E9B06E89)

Date: 5/20/1759
Location: Unexplained satellite of Venus
Description: Astronomer Andreas Mayer reported observing a planetoid object in orbit around Venus, although the specific location of the observation remains unknown.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_342

Event 401 (0150C51C)

Date: 9/16/1759
Location: Lonmora, Sweden
Description: Man abducted for four days. On the evening of September 16, 1759, Jacob Jacobsson, a 22-year-old crofter from Lonmora, Sweden, crossed Lake Vastra Kiolsjon to deliver a food packet. Upon returning, he encountered an inexplicable phenomenon. A road appeared before him, leading him to a large red mansion where he found himself in the company of short-statured people, including a chubby man with a red cap and a taller maiden. They offered him food and drink, which he declined, expressing his desire to return home. The man with the red cap ordered his removal due to Jacob's refusal, and suddenly, he was back by the lake shore. Four days had passed, leaving Jacob without food or sleep, though he perceived it as only a brief absence. The incident left an uneasy feeling in him, and he recounted the experience to others, known for his simple, pious nature.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_343


Year: 1761, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 402 (1BC6F171)

Date: 5/7/1761
Location: France
Description: Prominent astronomer J. L. Lagrange spotted a planetoid in apparent orbit around Venus. The object's orbital plane, as described by Lagrange, appeared to be perpendicular to the ecliptic. This observation occurred while Venus was positioned as an evening "star" at 207° heliocentric longitude and 34° elongation from Earth.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_344

Event 403 (02745A07)

Date: 6/6/1761
Location: Unknown observation location
Description: Astronomer Scheuten observed a planetoid alongside Venus as he tracked Venus during its transit across the Sun's disk. The planet was accompanied by a smaller dark spot on one side, which moved in tandem with Venus during the transit.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_345

Event 404 (9ACFA12F)

Date: 12/26/1761
Location: Weyloe, Denmark
Description: During a stormy night, an observer in Weyloe noticed a sudden light resembling lightning around 2:04 AM. As the storm intensified, at around 4:00 AM, a distinct horizontal ray of light emanating from the moon became visible, roughly nine feet in length and as thick as a man's arm, emitting rays on each side. Following this, a pale ball of fire, initially resembling a cloud-covered sun, moved slowly from south to north, gradually turning redder and smaller. The phenomenon concluded after approximately two minutes without any noise or smoke. Despite the storm's intensity, the weather's unusual behavior and the presence of multiple beams make the possibility of globular lightning less likely.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_346


Year: 1762, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 405 (F6B90724)

Date: 2/1762
Location: Nuremberg, Germany
Description: Mr. Staudacher observed an unfamiliar astronomical occurrence, describing it as a "black round spot" moving across the Sun. The following day, the object was no longer visible, leading him to speculate whether it might be a new planet.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_347

Event 406 (3E71FE38)

Date: 8/9/1762
Location: BASEL AND SOLETHURN, SWZ
Description: 2 astronomers. Huge cylinder/cigar-shape crosses solar disk. Outer edge glows.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 13)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_58

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), PHT: Photos/movies/videos taken

Extra Data: Country: "Switzerland", Credibility: "8", Duration: "30", HatchDesc: "BASEL+SOLETHURN,SWZ:2 ASTRONOMERS:HUGE CGR CROSSES SOLAR DISK:OUTER EDGE GLOWS", LatLong: "47.516669 7.566667", LatLongDMS: "47:31:00 N 07:34:00 E", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Basel", Strangeness: "7"

Event 407 (4CD676DE)

Date: 8/9/1762
Locations: Lausanne, Switzerland; Solothurn, Switzerland; Paris, France
Description: 12:00 noon. An amateur astronomer named de Rostan is observing the Sun at Lausanne, Switzerland, when he notices a large, spindle-shaped body moving across the solar disc from east to west at a slower rate of speed than sunspots move. It is surrounded by a thin “nebulosity.” An observer named Croste in Solothurn, Switzerland, also observes the object, but French astronomer Charles Messier, who is also taking solar measurements in Paris, France, does not see it. It remains visible until September 7, when it passes the Sun’s western limb.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Observation Astronomique,” Histoire de l’Académie Royale des Sciences, 1766, pp. 106–107; “An Account of a Very Singular Phaenomenon Seen in the Disk of the Sun,” Annual Register, 1766, pp. 120–122; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 2, Anomalist, 2021, pp. 33–45
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_18

Event 408 (D1235726)

Date: 8/9/1762
Location: Basel and Solothurn, Switzerland
Description: Two witnesses, Monsieur de Rostan in Basel and Croste in Solothurn, observed a spindle-shaped object resembling a cigar slowly flying in front of the Sun. Monsieur de Rostan, an astronomer from Basel, traced its outline with a camera obscura and sent the image to the Royal Academy of Sciences in Paris. The object appeared for almost a month and moved gradually from the eastern to the western limb of the Sun. This mysterious phenomenon was observed by multiple astronomers but remained unexplained, as it didn't resemble a typical solar spot, planet, or comet.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_348

Event 409 (60983EAC)

Date: 11/19/1762
Location: Location unknown
Description: An anomalous sighting of a planet-like object passing in front of the Sun was reported. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg observed a greenish round spot, roughly one twelfth the diameter of the Sun, moving across a 70° chord in a span of 3 hours. The exact location of this observation remains unspecified.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_349


Year: 1764, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 410 (2C568CE2)

Date: 3/4/1764
Location: Unknown location
Description: A mysterious satellite attributed to the planet Venus was observed once more while Venus was visible in the evening sky. Positioned at a heliocentric longitude of 59° with an elongation of 30°, this enigmatic object garnered a total of eight observations throughout the year 1764. The exact location of these observations remains undisclosed.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_350

Event 411 (7AF639FD)

Date: 3/28/1764
Location: Unknown location
Description: A mystery satellite was sighted near planet Venus. The object, resembling a planetoid, was observed orbiting Venus with a heliocentric longitude of 98° and an elongation of 35°. This sighting adds to the collection of reliable observations of such phenomena during the pre-industrial era.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_351

Event 412 (35D3726B)

Date: 5/1764
Location: Near Gotha, Germany
Description: Mr. Hoffmann reported an anomalous sighting of a large round object, roughly 1/15th the size of the Sun, moving slowly from north to south across the sun's path. The incident involved a single unidentified object passing in front of the sun, casting a distinct spot on the solar surface.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_352


Year: 1765, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 413 (3ACB7DFE)

Date: 6/13/1765
Location: Mount Prospect, Inishannon, Ireland
Description: A remarkable phenomenon dubbed the "Sky throne" was observed by numerous individuals around 8 to 9 PM. The spectacle, visible for approximately 30 minutes, featured a majestic throne situated in the Northern Sphere. Enclosed by a broad golden circle, the throne was adorned with a lion at its forefront, seemingly guarding it. The incident took place against a serene evening backdrop, with the sky appearing dark everywhere else, and its authenticity was confirmed by trustworthy witnesses.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_353


Year: 1767, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 414 (58B4B5A2)

Date: 9/1767
Location: COUPAR ANGUS, SCOT
Description: Pyramid. Lifts cart. Knocks man / horse. Damages buildings. / r186#28.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 256)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_59

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), NWS: News media report, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), ANI: Animals affected or injuries/marks, HUM: Humans affected: Injury/burns/marks/abduction/death, VEH: Vehicle affected: Marks/damage/EME effects, BLD: Building/man-made structure/roads/power lines, TRC: Physical traces, INJ: Injuries, illness/death, mutilations

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "9", Duration: "1", Elev: "59", HatchDesc: "COUPAR ANGUS,SCOT:PYRAMID:LIFTS CART:KNOCKS MAN/HORSE:DAMAGES BLDGs:/r186#28", LatLong: "56.550003 -3.266667", LatLongDMS: "56:33:00 N 03:16:00 W", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", RelAlt: "2", State/Prov: "Scotland", Strangeness: "8"

Event 415 (74906FE3)

Date: 9/8/1767
Location: Perthshire, Scotland
Description: A peculiar event unfolded near Cupor Angus on the water of Isla. Preceded by a dense dark smoke, a substantial luminous entity resembling a blazing house emerged. It swiftly transformed into a pyramid-like shape and surged forward, traversing towards the water of Erick with remarkable speed before vanishing near Blairgowrie. The effects were astonishing: it displaced a large cart across a grassy field, unseated a man from his horse rendering him unconscious, demolished half of a house, and undermined an arch of a newly constructed bridge at Blairgowrie before its disappearance.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_354

Event 416 (B71CF74B)

Date: 9/9/1767
Locations: Coupar Angus, Perth, Scotland; River Isla; River Ericht; Blairgowrie
Description: A cloud “like a house on fire” that soon takes on a pyramidal form is seen traveling along the course of the River Isla near Coupar Angus, Perth, Scotland. It moves northeast to the confluence of the River Ericht and follows that stream to the west toward Blairgowrie where it disappears. It is accompanied by strong winds that destroy two houses.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Annual Register 1767, pp. 127–128
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_19


Year: 1768, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 417 (951EC1DB)

Date: 1/4/1768
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Description: Astronomer Christian Horrebow documented an unusual sighting of a "small light, that was not a star," seemingly orbiting Venus. Referred to as "Neith" by M. Hozeau of the Brussels observatory, this object remained enigmatic and was never definitively identified. It was confirmed that Neith was not a natural satellite of Venus.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_355

Event 418 (2E746B2A)

Date: 9/1/1768 (approximate)
Location: NEAR LEIPZIG, GERMANY
Description: Goethe. Ballet of miniature lights / roadside hollow. / IFS#28.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: DIMENSIONS, A Casebook of Alien Contact Ballentine, NY 1989. PB (Index 20)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_60

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCI: Scientist involvement, MID: Likely mis-identification, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Germany", Credibility: "6", Duration: "5", HatchDesc: "nr LEIPZIG,GERMANY:GOETHE:BALLET of MINIATURE LITES/ROADSIDE HOLLOW:/IFS#28", LatLong: "51.300002 12.400001", LatLongDMS: "51:18:00 N 12:24:00 E", Locale: "Pasture", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Saxony", Strangeness: "5"


Year: 1769, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 419 (1138DA03)

Date: 10/24/1769
Location: Oxford, England
Description: An unusual incident involved the sighting of an object resembling a blazing house in the sky, lasting for about an hour. This object exhibited vertical movement, resembling hovering as it moved up and down. Notably, it emitted jets of gas and produced rumbling sounds during its presence.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_356


Year: 1775, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 420 (6260EE1B)

Date: 5/8/1775
Time: 20:30
Location: Waltham Abbey, Hertfordshire, England
Description: Around 8:30 PM, a gentleman in Waltham Abbey witnessed an extraordinary event. A meteor, taking on the appearance of a hazy star, emerged slightly above the moon's position. It moved unhurriedly towards the east, maintaining a parallel trajectory with the ecliptic, covering an arc of approximately 5 to 6 degrees before fading away. The meteor's size was about 6 or 7 minutes of arc, boasting a brightness and hue akin to that of the moon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_357


Year: 1777, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 421 (B0ED6E4F)

Date: 6/17/1777
Location: Hôtel de Cluny in Paris, France
Description: 11:46 a.m. French astronomer Charles Messier views a large number of round, dark-brown globules passing in front of the disc of the sun for 5 minutes from west-southwest to east-northeast. He sees them through an achromatic refractor at the naval observatory located in the Hôtel de Cluny in Paris, France. His estimate of their size (one-600th the size of the solar disc) puts them near the limit of resolution for his telescope, but Messier claims the objects are far away and in focus.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Charles Messier, “Observation singulaire d’une prodigieuse quantité de petits globules qui ont passé devant le disque du soleil, le 17 juin 1777,” Mémoires de l’Academie Royale des Sciences, 1777, pp. 464–472; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 1, Anomalist, 2019, pp. 7–18
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_20

Event 422 (60E65AA1)

Date: 6/17/1777
Location: France
Description: During a lunar eclipse, astronomer Charles Messier witnessed a peculiar event involving unidentified objects moving in parallel paths. He likened these objects to a combination of ships and bells due to their size and swift movement. Messier speculated that these anomalies might have been airborne hailstones or seeds, but he leaned toward the possibility of them being small meteorites.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_358


Year: 1780, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 423 (F6C7E6E5)

Date: 1780's
Description: Coulomb’s law of electrostatics
Type: scientific advanced
Reference: Wikipedia
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_4

Event 424 (13B85F25)

Date: 2/5/1780
Time: 07:00?
Location: BUSSIERES, FR
Description: Civil records. Flaming 'dragon' going [to] overhead / 15 minute(s). Lights all below brightly.
Type: sighting
Reference: LUMIERES DANS la NUIT (LDLN), Paris. Bimonthly since 1957. LDLN B.P.3; 77123 Le Vaudoue, FRANCE. (Index 338)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_61

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "8", Duration: "15", HatchDesc: "BUSSIERES,FR:CVL RECORDS:FLAMING 'DRAGON' >OVHD/15min:LITES ALL BELOW BRIGHTLY", LatLong: "48.927780 3.238889", LatLongDMS: "48:55:40 N 03:14:20 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Seine-et-Marne", Strangeness: "4"

Event 425 (CCA0F51A)

Date: 2/5/1780
Time: 18:00
Location: Bussieres, France
Description: Around 6 P.M. - A flaming "dragon" appeared in the sky, emitting light that illuminated the area and lasted for approximately 15 minutes, captivating those below.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_359


Year: 1783, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 426 (CB7C73A2)

Date: 1783
Location: Bath, England
Description: British astronomer William Herschel has been observing the lunar surface since the mid-1770s in Bath, England, and writes journal entries in which he details sightings of immense trees, forests, and pastures, comparing it to the English countryside. By 1778, he is seeing circular formations that he thinks are towns and villages. He also notes canals, roads, and patches of vegetation, but never writes about it publicly, since he knows that telescopic observations can be tricky.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: George Basalla, Civilized Life in the Universe, Oxford University, 2006, pp. 51–52
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_21

Event 427 (9E8A11CC)

Date: 3/1783
Location: Japan
Description: Over the course of several days, there were reports of luminous objects flying from north to south at low altitudes, seemingly passing just above rooftops.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_360

Event 428 (C3B5452B)

Date: 8/18/1783
Time: 21:30
Location: GREENWICH, ENGL AND BELGIUM
Description: Cloud cylinder/cigar-shape and 8 spheres all going southeast slow. Meteors? / r2p13+IFS#28.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 145)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_62

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, MID: Likely mis-identification, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "9", Duration: "20", HatchDesc: "GREENWICH,ENGL+BELGIUM:CLOUD CGR+8 SPHERES ALL >SE SLOW:meteors?:/r2p13+IFS#28", LatLong: "51.466669 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "51:28:00 N 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "2"

Event 429 (626D65C3)

Date: 8/18/1783
Locations: British Isles; North Sea; east coast of Scotland; England; English Channel; southwestern France; northern Italy; Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England
Description: 9:15–9:30 p.m. An unusually bright bolide is observed in the British Isles on a clear, dry night. Analysis indicates that the meteor has entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the North Sea, before passing over the east coast of Scotland, England, and the English Channel; it finally breaks up, after a passage within the atmosphere of around 1,000 miles, over southwestern France or northern Italy. Perhaps the most prominent witness is Tiberius Cavallo, an Italian natural philosopher who happens to be among a group of people on the terrace at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England, at the time the meteor appears.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Wikipedia, “1783 Great Meteor”; Tiberius Cavallo, “Description of a Meteor, Observed Aug. 18, 1783,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 74 \(1784\): 108–111; Charles Blagden, “An Account of Some Late Fiery Meteors,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 74 \(1784\): 202–232; Martin Beech, “The Great Meteor of 18th August 1783,” Journal of the British Astronomical Association 99 \(1989\): 130–134; Kaushik Patowary, “The Great Meteor of 1783,” Amusing Planet, September 8, 2021
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_22


Year: 1784, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 430 (7BA4F1FC)

Date: 6/24/1784
Location: China
Description: In an unspecified location, a significant event occurred involving an oscillating 'star.' This star emerged suddenly in the southeast, displaying scintillating characteristics. It underwent a repeated pattern of rising and descending three times. Another star replicated this peculiar motion, and reportedly, the latter star descended and impacted a village.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_361


Year: 1787, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 431 (816E7D94)

Date: 9/11/1787
Time: 20:30
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Description: Around 8:30 P.M. - Observers witnessed a remarkable event involving a fiery globe exceeding the size of the sun. This celestial object moved from north to east at an elevation of 15 to 20 degrees, later descending to the horizon. The globe then ascended once more, exhibiting short waves in its path, and ultimately shifted westward before disappearing behind a cloud, where it seemed to detonate.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_362


Year: 1788, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 432 (B0935D6E)

Date: 6/12/1788
Time: 04:00
Location: Zamora, Spain
Description: Between 4 and 5 A.M., two large globes of fire, roughly the size of a Bristol barrel, were observed flying horizontally in the southeastern sky. The globes approached each other and collided before being separated by a centrifugal force, after which they took divergent paths—one moving East Southeast and the other West by North. The event, witnessed by numerous individuals, lasted around twenty minutes. The globe in the southeast eventually burst with a loud crack audible up to ten miles away, while the other descended slowly until disappearing from view.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_363


Year: 1790, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 433 (9A5230B6)

Date: 6/12/1790
Location: Alençon, Normandy, France
Description: 5:00 a.m. Several farmers in Alençon, Normandy, France, see a large globe surrounded by flames and making a whistling sound. The object slows, oscillates, and moves toward the top of a hill, unearthing some plants along the slope. The heat is so intense that grass and small trees start burning. In the evening the sphere is still warm. Witnesses include two mayors, a doctor, and three other authorities in addition to the dozens of peasants who are present. A kind of door opens and a person emerges. He is dressed in a tight-fitting suit and, seeing all the people, says some words that are not understood. He runs into the woods. The sphere explodes silently, throwing pieces everywhere, and these pieces burn until they are powder. The original source is allegedly from a June 17 report by a Police Inspector Liabeuf and forwarded to the French Academy of Sciences. However, the Academy reported in 2006 that it has no knowledge of such a report in its archives. Probable hoax.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Alberto Penoglio, “Antichi Visitatori dal Cielo,” Clypeus 3, n. 3 (1966): 13–14; Vallée, Magonia, pp. 60–61; “1790 UFO Crash or Time Traveller?” Cool Interesting Stuff, June 1, 2014
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_23


Year: 1791, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 434 (9C8597D8)

Date: 11/12/1791
Location: Gottingen, Germany
Description: Astronomer Lichtenberg reports a solitary sighting of an object passing in front of the Sun, observed from his location.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_364


Year: 1793, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 435 (FDA14BC3)

Date: 1/19/1793
Location: England
Description: An unidentified, lengthy opaque object was witnessed by multiple observers, stationed immobile at the center of the sun.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_365

Event 436 (8F2F0A80)

Date: 11/27/1793
Time: ~19:30
Location: FLORESTI, ROM
Description: Earthquake. Next day 'moon' east going west / 30 minute(s) across sky and stops! / LDLN#119.
Type: sighting
Reference: HOBANA Ion & WEVERBERGH,Julien: UFO'S from BEHIND the IRON CURTAIN; Bantam Books,1975. 308pp. (Index 222)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_63

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "Romania", Credibility: "6", Duration: "30", HatchDesc: "FLORESTI,ROM:EARTHQUAKE:NEXT DAY 'MOON' E>W/30min ACRS SKY +STOPS!:/LDLN#119", LatLong: "45.100002 23.850001", LatLongDMS: "45:06:00 N 23:51:00 E", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Bucharest", Strangeness: "7"

Event 437 (7EA093B2)

Date: 12/28/1793
Time: 19:30
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Description: During the evening at approximately 7:30 P.M., a diner in Bucharest noted an enigmatic occurrence where it appeared as though the moon had performed a miraculous feat, traversing the sky in just half an hour.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_366


Year: 1794, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 438 (4AF5151A)

Date: 8/20/1794
Time: 19:45
Location: Balasore, India
Description: At 7:45 P.M., a group of observers witnessed an unusually large meteor, outshining even the planets in brightness. As it descended, it periodically halted, becoming even more brilliant during these pauses. The meteor disappeared momentarily behind hills but reappeared after around two minutes, ascending above the hills and swaying horizontally between North and South directions. This pattern of rising and falling occurred two more times before the object eventually vanished, leaving the surroundings in darkness.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_367


Year: 1795, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 439 (52E6411E)

Date: 1/27/1795
Location: Quangxi Province, Linggui area, China
Description: In the Southeastern sky, a sizable luminous object resembling a star was observed rising and falling three times. Subsequently, another similar object descended and crashed into a village.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_368

Event 440 (FD18A877)

Date: 11/18/1795
Time: 23:00
Location: DERBY, ENGL
Description: Many observer(s). Fireball bounces going up and down. Odd clouds. Sonic booms. No further details. / Periodicals.
Type: sighting
Reference: AWARENESS (Quarterly) CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK: listed by year. (Index 77)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_64

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "11", Duration: "10", Elev: "67", HatchDesc: "DERBY,ENGL:MANY OBS:FBL BOUNCES ↑+↓:ODD CLOUDS:SONIC BOOMS:NFD:/Periodicals", LatLong: "52.938891 -1.466667", LatLongDMS: "52:56:20 N 01:28:00 W", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1796, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 441 (2B74A206)

Date: 10/1796 (approximate)
Time: ~07:00
Location: NEW MINAS, NS
Description: 3 observer(s). 15 airships going quickly east. Man seen / front end / 1 ship. / r54p18.
Type: sighting
Reference: LEDGER, Don: MARITIME UFO FILES: 1998 Nimbus Publ. Ltd. Halifax, NS. ISBN 1-55109-269-7 162pp. trade paper. (Index 15)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_65

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, PSH: Pseudo-human: Clone/organic robot/human-like, FIG: Undefined or poorly seen figure/entity

Extra Data: Country: "Canada", Credibility: "6", Duration: "20", Elev: "12", HatchDesc: "NEW MINAS,NS:3 OBS:15 AIRSHIPS >>E:MAN SEEN/FRONT END/1 SHIP:/r54p18", LatLong: "45.072224 -64.472225", LatLongDMS: "45:04:20 N 64:28:20 W", Locale: "Coastlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Nova Scotia", Strangeness: "8"

Event 442 (95EC2F66)

Date: 10/12/1796
Location: New Minas, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia
Description: Fifteen airborne "ships" moving eastward, each featuring ports on their sides, were observed in the sky. On one of the ships, a man was seen extending his hand. The event was documented by Simeon Perkins in his five-volume diary. A girl at Mr. Ratchford's residence in New Minas reported the sighting around sunrise, prompting two men to verify the phenomenon. Despite skepticism, some individuals believed the account, while Perkins speculated that the sighting might have been a product of imagination, potentially due to clouds at sunrise.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_369


Year: 1798, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 443 (B25D36E7)

Date: 1/18/1798
Location: Tarbes, France
Description: Astronomer D'Angos witnessed an astronomical anomaly, describing a distinct elliptical spot moving across the Sun's surface. The anomaly, positioned midway between the Sun's center and its edge, was observed for approximately 25 minutes before disappearing from view.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_370

Event 444 (245868CA)

Date: 9/10/1798
Time: 22:40
Location: ALNWICK, NORTH ENGLAND
Description: Cylinder/cylindrical object jumps from cloud. Splits going [to] 2 saucers with luminous rays. Vanishes / 5 minute(s).
Type: sighting
Reference: INFORESPACE Journal. SOBEPS Group, Belgium; bimonthly (Index 28)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_66

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "7", Duration: "5", Elev: "61", HatchDesc: "ALNWICK,N.ENGLAND:CYL.JUMPS FROM CLOUD:SPLITS>2 SCRS W/LUM.RAYS:VANISHES/5min", LatLong: "55.077780 -1.716667", LatLongDMS: "55:04:40 N 01:43:00 W", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "6"

Event 445 (5DC22480)

Date: 9/10/1798
Location: Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Description: Before midnight. Schoolmaster Alexander Campbell and one other person observe a “remarkable comet, or meteor” at Alnwick, Northumberland, England. It rapidly increases in brightness, changing from a star-like object to a shape like “two half-moons, back to back, having a short luminous stream between the two backs” over the course of 5 minutes.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Annual Register 1798, p. 83
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_24

Event 446 (F08E379E)

Date: 9/10/1798
Location: Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Description: Schoolteacher Alexander Campbell and a companion reported a remarkable UFO sighting. Initially appearing as a small star in the southwestern sky, the object transformed as it approached, eventually resembling an apothecary's pestle. It shifted shapes multiple times, becoming a hammer or cross, and then forming into two back-to-back half moons with a luminous stream between them. The object grew increasingly bright with each transformation, outshining surrounding stars. The sighting lasted about five minutes before the UFO vanished from view.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_371


Year: 1799, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 447 (5F17D608)

Date: 7/1799
Location: BRUGES, BELGIUM
Description: Unusual meteor goes south. Returns going quickly north. Then makes 45° turn going quickly northwest.
Type: sighting
Reference: The UFO REGISTER. CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK. (annual sightings catalog.) (Index 77)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_67

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCI: Scientist involvement, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Belgium, Netherlandsand Luxembourg", Credibility: "7", Duration: "2", HatchDesc: "BRUGES,BELGIUM:UNUSUAL METEOR GOES S:RETURNS >> N:THEN MAKES 45° TURN>>NW", LatLong: "51.200002 3.200000", LatLongDMS: "51:12:00 N 03:12:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Belgium", Strangeness: "6"

Event 448 (D0BA5BB8)

Date: 7/1799
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Description: An anomalous event occurred involving an object initially perceived as a meteor. This object, however, exhibited extraordinary behavior, deviating from typical meteoric paths. It moved from south to north, then unexpectedly shifted course at a 45-degree angle to the northwest. The unconventional maneuvering of the object ruled out the possibility of it being a natural celestial body like a meteor, raising questions about its true nature and origin.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_372

Event 449 (C7B49304)

Date: 11/13/1799
Location: Gerona, Catalonia, Spain
Description: Numerous brilliant "shooting stars" cluster and then separate in an anomalous display of maneuvering stars.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_373


Year: 1800, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 450 (32481B28)

Date: 1800's
Description: Significant sightings
Type: ufo sightings
Reference: Charles Fort
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_5

Event 451 (873B40F1)

Date: 3/20/1800
Location: Quedlinburg, Germany
Description: Preacher and amateur astronomer Fritsch observes an unidentified object swiftly traversing the sun's disk.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_374


Year: 1801, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 452 (366A8F24)

Date: 9/30/1801
Location: London, England
Description: At around five to six in the morning, a remarkably bright cross-shaped object is sighted in the Eastern sky. Two smaller star-like objects accompany it, one shining brightly to the left and the other faintly below, all moving swiftly towards the South.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_375


Year: 1802, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 453 (1737AA25)

Date: 2/7/1802
Location: Quedlinburg, Germany
Description: Amateur astronomer Fritsch records the passage of an unidentified dark celestial body with swift independent motion across the Sun. The small spot moves from northwest to southeast, exhibiting acceleration during its traversal.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_376

Event 454 (8D4F0C8C)

Date: 10/10/1802
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Description: Astronomer Le Verrier reports an anomalous sighting by Fritsch, who observed an unknown dark object moving rapidly across the sun's disk. The object covered 2 minutes of arc in 3 minutes of time and disappeared after a cloudy interval of 4 hours.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_377


Year: 1803, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 455 (DA42B921)

Date: 2/22/1803
Location: NEAR TOKYO, JAPAN
Description: 6M saucer-ship floats ashore. Young woman exits. Very white skin..
Type: sighting
Reference: RANDLES, Jenny: ALIEN ABDUCTIONS - the Mystery Solved; Inner Light, NJ 1988. (Index 34)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_68

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), MID: Likely mis-identification, HOX: Suspicion of hoax, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, SUB: Submersible: Rises from or submerges into water, PSH: Pseudo-human: Clone/organic robot/human-like, CVS: Conversation/communication, LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground, TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "Japan", Credibility: "2", Duration: "10", HatchDesc: "nr TOKYO,JAPAN:6M SCR-SHIP FLOATS ASHORE:YOUNG WOMAN EXITS:VERY WHITE SKIN..", LatLong: "35.500002 139.666673", LatLongDMS: "35:30:00 N 139:40:00 E", Locale: "Coastlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Honshu Island", Strangeness: "8"

Event 456 (23E6F2B5)

Date: 2/22/1803
Alternate date: 3/24/1803
Location: Hitachi province, Japan
Description: An attractive young woman aged 18–20 years old arrives on a beach aboard a “hollow ship” (Utsuro-bune) that looks like a rice cooking pot or incense burner in Hitachi province, Japan. Fishermen bring her inland to investigate further, but the woman is unable to communicate in Japanese. She is dressed in a foreign fashion made of unknown fabrics and is clutching an ornate box also marked with the unknown script. The vessel is covered in hieroglyphs that no one can decipher. The fishermen return her and her vessel to the sea, where it drifts away. Accounts of the tale appear in three texts: Toen shōsetsu (1825), Hyōryū kishū (1835), and Ume-no-chiri (1844), but no official records mention it.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Wikipedia, “Utsuro-bune”; Kazuo Tanaka, “Did a Close Encounter of the Third Kind Occur on a Japanese Beach in 1803?” Skeptical Inquirer 24, no. 4 (July/August 2000): 37–60; Masaru Mori, “The Female Alien in a Hollow Vessel,” Fortean Times 48 (Spring 1987): 48–50; Junji Numakawa, “On a UFO-Shaped Boat in 1803,” UFO Criticism 1, no 1 (January 2001): 2–3; Tanaka Kazuo, “‘Utsurobune’: A UFO Legend from Nineteenth-Century Japan,” nippon.com, June 26, 2020; Shoichi Kamon [pseud. of Tanaka Kazuo], The Mystery of Utsuro-bune: Ancient UFO Encounter in Japan? Flying Disk Press, 2019
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_25

Event 457 (CE73D439)

Date: 8/15/1803
Location: Ormans near Evilliers, France
Description: Pierre Mille and his three daughters, accompanied by a local craftsman, witness two luminous globes emitting sun-like rays hovering over an oak tree. This event takes place while the family is en route to church for the Feast of the Assumption. Upon investigation, a small statue of the Virgin Mary is found within the oak tree. Notably, the youngest daughter had previously observed the Virgin Mary accompanied by two floating lights at the same location during Easter, along the path between Maizieres and Ornans.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_378


Year: 1804, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 458 (F5963134)

Date: 1804
Location: Mays Landing, New Jersey
Description: Summary: The famous American naval hero Stephen Decatur was said to have briefly skirmished with a bizarre creature known as the “Jersey Devil.” He was test firing a new cannon when the weird winged creature suddenly appeared overhead. Decatur reportedly fired a shot at the thing but missed, and it flew off.
Type: creature sighting
Reference: America’s Nightmare Monsters, Phillip L Rife
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_1013


Year: 1805, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 459 (5C1BCCC0)

Date: 1805 (approximate)
Location: Koyuk, Alaska
Description: Natives told of seeing a silver disc like object that sailed through the air and then landed. Apparently three human-looking “little men” emerged from the object, learned to communicate with the locals, and reportedly stayed in the village for a long time.
Type: landing/interaction
Reference: URECAT
Reference: Mark Chorvinsky, Fate January 1990
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_1012


Year: 1806, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 460 (F1A787A5)

Date: 6/27/1806
Location: Geneva, New York, USA
Description: Astronomer W. R. Brooks, using a two-inch telescope at 1:00 A.M., observes a long, dark object crossing the lunar disk from west to east. The object's swift passage, taking 3 to 4 seconds, rules out the possibility of it being a bird. Despite its relatively small apparent size, approximately one third that of the moon, the nature of the object remains unidentified.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_379

Event 461 (D3E84836)

Date: 7/1806
Location: Maine
Description: Reverend Abraham Cummings, a scholar with a Master's degree from Brown University, investigates a ghostly apparition after initial skepticism. He describes witnessing a white rock-like object in the evening, later transforming into a two-foot-diameter globe with a reddish tint. As he approached, the object quickly transformed into a female figure in attire, growing in size based on his thoughts. This entity, representing a deceased woman, appeared radiant with a sun-like depiction on her head, and Cummings documents over thirty witness affidavits affirming similar encounters. The apparition consistently emerged from a small luminous cloud, taking on the woman's form before departing in a similar manner.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_380

Event 462 (01B561B1)

Date: 8/7/1806
Location: Rutherford, North Carolina
Description: Patsey Reaves, residing near the Appalachian Mountain, reports a remarkable sighting involving her daughter Elizabeth and son Morgan. Elizabeth initially sees a man on Chimney Mountain, followed by Morgan observing a multitude of flying things in the air. More witnesses, including Polly and a Negro woman, join in, and Mrs. Reaves herself sees a vast crowd of white-clad beings resembling humans of various sizes. These beings rise off the mountain, moving towards Chimney Rock in a northern direction. The spectacle continues for about an hour, witnessed by many, including Mr. Robert Siercy, who initially doubts the strangeness but later perceives the radiant entities moving in groups and forming a semi-circular pattern before gradually disappearing from sight, leaving an indelible impression.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_381


Year: 1807, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 463 (AFF612B1)

Date: 12/22/1807
Time: evening
Location: Middleton Cheney
Description: An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed.
Type: sighting
Reference: Contact U.K.
Reference: ThinkAboutIt
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_1014


Year: 1808, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 464 (18B819ED)

Date: 5/16/1808
Time: ~15:00
Location: SKANNINGE, SWEDEN
Description: Sky turns red. Brown hat-crown size objects pass overhead going quickly east. / Charles Fort.
Type: sighting
Reference: ALDRICH, Jan J.: Private research papers. A huge mass of hard-won information. (Index 0)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_69

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, NWS: News media report, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "Scandanavian and Finland", Credibility: "7", Duration: "1", HatchDesc: "SKANNINGE,SWEDEN:SKY TURNS RED:BROWN HAT-CROWN SIZE OBJS PASS OVHD>>E:/C.FORT", LatLong: "58.394447 15.077778", LatLongDMS: "58:23:40 N 15:04:40 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Sweden", Strangeness: "7"

Event 465 (CC999384)

Date: 5/16/1808
Locations: Biskopsberga; Skänninge; Sweden
Description: 4:00 p.m. Swedish lichenologist Erik Acharius watches a stream of dark-brown spherical objects moving slowly through the sky in a straight line over Biskopsberga, near Skänninge, Sweden. Some hover temporarily and speed up, while others fall to earth. The objects appear in the western sky and stream to the east for 2 hours. Some are apparently linked together in groups of three, six, or eight, and all of them have some kind of trail. A few of them fall in the vicinity of K. G. Wettermark, who has also been observing. They resemble soap bubbles and dissipate quickly, leaving a film like cobweb.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Erik Acharius, “Besynnerligt Meteor-Phenomén,” Konglige Svenska Vetenskapsakademiens Handligar, ser. 2, vol. 29 (July/September 1808): 215–218; “Account of an Extraordinary Meteoric Phenomenon,” North American Review 3 \(1816\): 320–322; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 1, Anomalist, 2019, pp. 18–29
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_26

Event 466 (07F23A97)

Date: 7/22/1808
Location: Maine, USA
Description: School teacher Cynthia Everett's diary entry records an unusual sighting of light originating from the East. Initially mistaken for a meteor due to its motion, the light's behavior distinguishes it from such phenomena. It swiftly darts through the atmosphere, transitioning between ascending and descending while maintaining a consistent distance from the ground. The light moves in a circular pattern across the visible horizon and eventually retraces its path. Dr. Ranlett, a historian, highlights the significance that despite Cynthia Everett's education and familiarity with celestial occurrences, she refrains from attributing this sighting to a natural phenomenon, suggesting its exceptional nature.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_382

Event 467 (0FBF1F39)

Date: 9/1/1808
Location: Moscow, Russia
Description: A radiant "plate" was observed flying over the Kremlin by Alexander Afanasyev, a member of the Russian State History Museum. The event took place at 8:07 after noon in a clear, star-studded sky. The phenomenon, characterized by its exceptional beauty, radiance, and immense size, soared in an arch from 55 to almost 90 degrees on the horizon. The object, resembling a long, flat plate around 6.35 meters in length and 0.35 meters thick, displayed an oval flame on its front edge, emitting a phosphorescent-like radiance. The flame dissipated, leaving a brightly illuminated plate that ascended vertically among the stars, remaining visible for about two minutes before becoming invisible due to its extreme altitude.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_383


Year: 1809, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 468 (1D961CE2)

Date: 8/10/1809
Location: LONDON
Description: Scientist Staveley. Many night lights maneuver / dark cloud cover. No further details. / r2p14.
Type: sighting
Reference: The APRO BULLETIN: Monthly. Jim & Coral Lorenzen: Tucson,AZ (USA. defunct) By volume and number. (Index 403)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_70

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCI: Scientist involvement, MID: Likely mis-identification, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, SIG: Signals/responses to/from/between UFO's/occupants/observers, EME: Electro-Magnetic Effects, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "9", Duration: "10", HatchDesc: "LONDON:SCIENTIST STAVELEY:MANY NLTS MNVR/DARK CLOUD COVER:NFD:/r2p14", LatLong: "51.516669 -0.083333", LatLongDMS: "51:31:00 N 00:05:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "3"

Event 469 (AE6DB093)

Date: 8/10/1809
Location: Hatton Garden, London, England
Description: John Staveley recounts observing a remarkable event where he witnessed a mesmerizing display of luminous lights within a black cloud resembling an aerial ballet. The lights, resembling sparkling specks, danced around the cloud's edge, with one light even expanding to the size and brilliance of Venus. This light moved rapidly along the cloud before fading away. Staveley continued to watch for over three hours, during which the lights multiplied and descended in various sizes, all while no lightning was associated with the active cloud.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_384


Year: 1810, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 470 (301EC574)

Date: 8/1810
Location: Meklong, Thailand
Description: Dr. Jacob Hazlitt, a missionary and physician, reported an anomalous sighting of a silver-clad humanoid along a road near Meklong. The entity, described as having gleaming skin and a single eye, caught his attention. Writer Ahmad Jamaludin further discussed abduction cases in Malaysia and Indonesia involving beings from a coexisting world. Abductees claimed to be transported to a reality beyond ours, experiencing side effects akin to UFO abductees, including amnesia, thirst, fatigue, and emotional distress. These beings, referred to as the Bunian People, dressed similarly to locals, though the origin of the term "Bunian" remains unclear.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_385

Event 471 (102E4CC0)

Date: 9/1810
Location: Thailand
Description: A woman reported an unsettling experience where she was awoken by an unknown force in the middle of the night. Strangely, the usual sounds of animals were absent. Peering out her window, she witnessed a peculiar humanoid figure in her backyard. The entity, characterized by its singular eye and metallic suit-like appearance, caught her attention. The incident culminated with the woman asserting that she had been abducted to a place she referred to as a "palace of lights."
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_386

Event 472 (DEDDCAA2)

Date: 9/19/1810
Location: Brezeau, Holland
Description: A strange event unfolded in the Dutch village of Brezeau. According to the 36th volume of the Philosophical Magazine, witnesses observed a luminous meteor to the south between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM. The meteor seemed to gather and consolidate for about a quarter of an hour, eventually transforming into a significant fireball that moved northward. This phenomenon caused fear among the villagers, who feared their houses would catch fire. The meteor was accompanied by dense fog and notably absorbed water while crossing a river, later releasing the water as rain. The duration of the event, lasting forty-five minutes before becoming a column of fire and ascending into the sky, adds to its mysterious nature.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_387


Year: 1811, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 473 (AC80CEF9)

Date: 11/7/1811
Time: 20:50
Location: LONDON, ENG
Description: T. Forster. Large meteor moves in sudden jumps. Enters cloud. Never exits.
Type: sighting
Reference: AWARENESS (Quarterly) CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK: listed by year. (Index 77)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_71

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "6", Duration: "2", HatchDesc: "LONDON,ENG:T.FORSTER:LRG METEOR MOVES IN SUDDEN JUMPS:ENTERS CLOUD:NEVER EXITS", LatLong: "51.483336 -0.100000", LatLongDMS: "51:29:00 N 00:06:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1812, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 474 (D5BA52D8)

Date: 3/20/1812
Location: Near Manosque, France
Description: A group of seven travelers on the road from Villeneuve to Manosque witnessed an anomalous event. They observed a luminous ball hovering near their coach, which then divided into four distinct lights. These lights contained human-like figures and resembled lanterns. The travelers, frightened by this encounter, decided to halt their journey at the inn of Quatre Tours instead of continuing to Manosque.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_388

Event 475 (AA3455A1)

Date: 4/1812 (approximate)
Time: ~20:00
Location: NORTHEAST / MANOSQUE, FR
Description: 7 observer(s). Luminous globe going [to] over road. 4 figure(s) with lights inside. Volcano active.
Type: sighting
Reference: LUMIERES DANS la NUIT (LDLN), Paris. Bimonthly since 1957. LDLN B.P.3; 77123 Le Vaudoue, FRANCE. (Index 313)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_72

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, FIG: Undefined or poorly seen figure/entity, OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "6", Duration: "2", HatchDesc: "NE/MANOSQUE,FR:7 OBS:LUMn.GLOBE >OVR ROAD:4 FIGs W/LITES INSIDE:volcano active", LatLong: "43.916669 5.916667", LatLongDMS: "43:55:00 N 05:55:00 E", Locale: "Pasture", LocationLink: "Google Maps", RelAlt: "3", State/Prov: "Alpes de Haute Provence", Strangeness: "8"

Event 476 (1B32BD35)

Date: 5/1/1812
Time: 09:00?
Location: BARBADOS ISLAND
Description: 2 large colored clouds hover / 12 hours. Other clouds move. Blasts. Big ash fall.
Type: sighting
Reference: AWARENESS (Quarterly) CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK: listed by year. (Index 76)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_73

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TRC: Physical traces, TCH: New technical details/clues, HST: Historical account, SND: UFO sounds heard or recorded, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Caribbean area", Credibility: "8", Duration: "208", Elev: "3", HatchDesc: "BARBADOS ISL:2 LRG CLRD CLOUDS HVR/12hrs:other clouds move:BLASTS:BIG ASH FALL", LatLong: "13.083334 -59.550003", LatLongDMS: "13:05:00 N 59:33:00 W", Locale: "Islands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "BRB", Strangeness: "5"


Year: 1813, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 477 (A0EEDCE6)

Date: 3/22/1813
Time: 19:20
Location: LONDON AND AREA
Description: Triangular 'meteor' hovers near cloud. Going west. Beams rays all over/all about. Glowing-orbs exit.
Type: sighting
Reference: AWARENESS (Quarterly) CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK: listed by year. (Index 76)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_74

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, NWS: News media report, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "8", Duration: "1", HatchDesc: "LONDON+AREA:TRIANGULAR 'METEOR' HVRS nr CLOUD:>W:BEAMS RAYS ALLO:GLO-ORBS EXIT", LatLong: "51.516669 -0.116667", LatLongDMS: "51:31:00 N 00:07:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "6"

Event 478 (03EB97CF)

Date: 4/8/1813
Location: Atlantic Ocean
Description: The crew of the ship "Niagara," situated at approximately latitude 43 north and longitude 65 west, encountered a peculiar phenomenon. Initially appearing as an overturned ship, the crew soon realized the object was in motion. As they approached, it became evident that the object was a massive creature resembling a fish, with dimensions estimated at around 200 feet in length, 30 feet in width, and 17 to 18 feet in height. The creature's body was covered in a shell, featuring a notable hole or archway with an occasional fin. Despite intending to investigate further, the crew decided against it due to the intimidating nature of the creature.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_389

Event 479 (3946F34B)

Date: 7/25/1813
Location: Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
Description: Carpenter Edward Hansford penned a letter to Thomas Jefferson on July 31, 1813, detailing an extraordinary sighting. Alongside Baltimore resident John L. Clark, Hansford witnessed a luminous object resembling a ball of fire, comparable in size to the midday sun. This object emitted periodic smoke from its own body, all the while maintaining its radiant and distinct form, though with noticeable agitation. The object then transformed into the likeness of a turtle, displaying similar restlessness and being occasionally concealed by smoke. It descended diagonally towards the West and subsequently ascended vertically to its original position at around 75 degrees. Edward Hansford had previously been involved in Revolutionary War efforts and held positions related to harbor management in the Norfolk and Portsmouth regions.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_390


Year: 1814, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 480 (7F2BC307)

Date: 9/5/1814
Time: 11:00
Location: NORTHWEST / AGEN, FR
Description: Small round cloud hovers / strong wind. Spins and shoots going quickly south. Stones fall. Fades.
Type: sighting
Reference: AWARENESS (Quarterly) CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK: listed by year. (Index 77)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_75

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), MID: Likely mis-identification, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), DRT: Dirt/soil traces/marks/footprints etc., TRC: Physical traces, TCH: New technical details/clues, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "8", Duration: "50", HatchDesc: "NW/AGEN,FR:SML ROUND CLOUD HVRS/STRONG WIND:SPINS+SHOOTS>>S:STONES FALL:FADES", LatLong: "44.333335 0.500000", LatLongDMS: "44:20:00 N 00:30:00 E", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Lot-et-Garonne", Strangeness: "7"

Event 481 (4B894506)

Date: 9/5/1814
Time: 11:00
Location: Near Agen, France
Description: At 11 A.M., amidst clear skies and a strong breeze, an unusual event occurred. A slowly moving, circular white object with a grayish center appeared in the northwest sky. Initially thought to be a "cloud," it defied the wind by becoming stationary until noon. Unexpectedly, the object then sped southward while rotating, accompanied by rumbling sounds that crescendoed into an explosion. This explosion led to the release of a shower of stones. Following this, the "cloud" resumed a halt, gradually diminishing until it disappeared. The explosion's impact and the ensuing panic reverberated throughout the region, causing distress among the local population.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_391


Year: 1815, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 482 (EE5DC9AC)

Date: 1815
Time: morning
Location: Ilkley Moor, England
Description: William Butterfield a bath operator at the local White Wells natural springs was about to open the door to the spa and had inserted the keys in the lock when it spun around on its own accord. He looked inside and saw numerous little creatures dressed in green, no more than 18 inches high, making jabbering noises and dipping in the water, apparently taking a bath. Upon noticing the witness, the creatures began bounding over the walls, running madly, heads over heels. They were quickly lost from sight.
Type: creature encounter
Reference: The Truth about UFO Abductions, Peter Hough & Moyshe Kalman
Reference: ThinkAboutIt
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_1016


Year: 1816, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 483 (A7064D42)

Date: 1/15/1816
Time: twilight
Location: Gallardon, Beauce, France
Description: In the fields, 33-year-old ploughman Joseph Martin encountered a mysterious small-caped figure who instructed him to deliver a message to King Louis XVIII. Despite initial disbelief from his wife, Martin was later confronted by the figure again in his cellar, claiming to be "an Angel of God". Given Martin's reputable standing, the story reached higher authorities, and he met the King on April 2. The message remains secret, but the day after their meeting, King Louis XVIII abdicated and went into exile in England.
Type: creature encounter
Reference: Louis Pauwels, “Martin of Gallardon”
Reference: ThinkAboutIt
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_1015


Year: 1817, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 484 (CD84759C)

Date: 9/25/1817
Time: 18:30
Location: LANEJOIS, FR
Description: 3 observer(s). Red-glowing disk disk going [to] near Roman ruins / 2-3 minute(s). / Journal de Lozere.
Type: sighting
Reference: LUMIERES DANS la NUIT (LDLN), Paris. Bimonthly since 1957. LDLN B.P.3; 77123 Le Vaudoue, FRANCE. (Index 326)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_76

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), NWS: News media report, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, BLD: Building/man-made structure/roads/power lines

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "8", Duration: "3", HatchDesc: "LANEJOIS,FR:3 OBS:RED-GLO DISK DISK > nr ROMAN RUINS/2-3min:/JOURNAL de LOZERE", LatLong: "44.500002 3.577778", LatLongDMS: "44:30:00 N 03:34:40 E", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Lozère", Strangeness: "6"

Event 485 (007BDE67)

Date: 9/25/1817
Time: 18:25
Location: Lanuejols, France
Description: Around 6:25 P.M., three travelers who had recently visited a Roman monument near Lanuejols spotted an extraordinary sight. Positioned in the south-southeast direction, towards Villefort, they observed a luminous object with a reddish hue. This object took the form of a disk, measuring three to four times larger than the full Moon. After 2 or 3 minutes, the object vanished. The sky during this time was overcast and marked by a light drizzle.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_392


Year: 1818, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 486 (74A9AB62)

Date: 1/6/1818
Location: Ipswich, England
Description: Mr. Capel Lofft and Mr. Acton, English writers, observed an anomalous event where a small, uniformly opaque, subelliptical spot was sighted near the sun for three and a half hours. The object's rapid movement over the sun, faster than Venus during transit, caught their attention. By sunset, the object, seemingly of cometary or planetary nature, vanished. This well-documented sighting raises intrigue due to its unusual characteristics.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_393

Event 487 (F6DECBD3)

Date: 8/3/1818
Location: Worthing, England
Description: At 11:15 P.M., Mr. Thomas Young observed a remarkable event, describing a bright meteor near Cassiopeia. The object's trajectory began at a point 19 degrees from the pole at 65 degrees in right ascension, shifting to 17 degrees from the pole and 80 degrees in right ascension. Strangely, the object remained stationary for a full minute after its movement. This sighting of a motionless light in the sky adds an enigmatic aspect to the phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_394


Year: 1819, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 488 (DBFE7541)

Date: 6/26/1819
Location: Buchholz, Germany
Description: Astronomer J.W. Pastorff witnessed an intriguing event initially thought to be a "comet" in proximity to the Sun. However, Olbers raised doubts about its comet classification. On the same day, Gruithuisen, observing from Holland, reported the presence of three unidentified objects traversing the Sun's disk. These included one near the Sun's center and two smaller objects lacking nebulosity near the western limb. Notably, this observation, once documented in Reverend Webb's prominent astronomy handbooks, has been omitted from more recent editions, adding a layer of mystery to the account.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_395

Event 489 (80AD7966)

Date: 8/13/1819
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Description: 8:00–9:00 p.m. A brilliant white fireball streaks across the sky at Amherst, Massachusetts. The next morning, Erastus Dewey finds a strange substance 20 feet from his front door and assumes it is residue from the meteorite. It is about 8 inches in diameter, resembles an upside-down salad dish, and consists of buff-colored pulpy substance with an overwhelmingly bad smell. It is covered with a nap that, when removed, causes the interior to liquefy and form a starchy substance. A couple days later, it largely dissipates. Geologist Edward Hitchcock thinks it is some kind of “gelatinous fungus” common to the area in the late summer.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Rufus Graves, “Account of a Gelatinous Meteor,” American Journal of Science 2 \(1820\): 335–337; Edward Hitchcock, “On the Meteors of Nov. 13, 1833,” American Journal of Science 25 \(1834\): 354, 362–363
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_27

Event 490 (25260365)

Date: 10/9/1819
Location: Augsburg, Germany
Description: An anomalous sighting occurred as an immense celestial body transited the Sun. Mr. Stark, a canon from Augsburg, documented this event, later referenced by Le Verrier in February 1877's Monthly Notices of the R.A.S. The observation depicted a distinct circular anomaly, roughly akin in size to Mercury, though it vanished by the subsequent evening.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_396


Year: 1820, 7 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 491 (B8BCB1EA)

Date: 1820
Location: Hopkinton, New Hampshire, USA
Description: At dusk, a young man in the vicinity of "The Lookout" near Putney Hill (Gould Hill) was trailed for nearly two miles by multiple luminous spheres. The spheres mimicked his movements, halting when he turned to observe them, and then recommencing their motion when he continued walking. Despite this, they maintained a distance of around 50 feet and never approached any closer. Comparable radiant orbs had been observed in the area since 1750, drifting slowly through the air, suggesting a plausible natural origin. The specified date is an approximate approximation.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_397

Event 492 (976A8B86)

Date: 2/12/1820
Description: 10:45 a.m. A German astronomer and cleric named Steinheibel watches a clearly defined dark orange-red spot traversing the disc of the Sun in about five hours.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Joseph Johann von Littrow, “Further Note on the Supposed Observation of an Intra-Mercurial Planet on the 12th of February, 1820,” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 22 \(1862\): 276
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_28

Event 493 (B8D27A02)

Date: 2/12/1820
Location: Augsburg, Germany
Description: A distinct round area with an orange-gold hue, which was not witnessed again that night, was reported by two separate witnesses, Stark and Steinhubel. The spot traversed the sun over a span of approximately 5 hours, signifying a peculiar inter-solar journey.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_398

Event 494 (7532F880)

Date: 5/27/1820
Location: Spello (Perugia), Umbria, Italy
Description: During a sermon by Saint Caspar (San Gaspare Del Bufalo) in the town square, an extraordinary event unfolded. Roughly thirty minutes before sunset, observers witnessed the appearance of three stars forming a cross in the eastern sky. These stars moved in unison, creating a triangle with one light positioned above and the other two at lower levels. The celestial display occurred directly over the head of Saint Caspar, leaving the crowd and even Bishop Monsignor Lucchesi in a state of astonishment. However, skepticism surrounds the event as it fails to appear in Gaspar's published correspondence, despite existing letters from various dates in May 1820, including the 27th and 28th. This intriguing phenomenon remains subject to uncertainties about its authenticity.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_399

Event 495 (73F1AE09)

Date: 9/7/1820 (approximate)
Time: 20:00?
Location: EMBRUN, FR
Description: Many observer(s). Saucers maneuver / military precision during lunar eclipse. 90° turns etc.
Type: sighting
Reference: BLUNDELL, Nigel & BOAR, Roger: The WORLDS GREATEST UFO MYSTERIES; Octopus, London 1989 & PB/Berkley Books, NY 1990 (Index 85)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_77

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "8", Duration: "5", HatchDesc: "EMBRUN,FR:MANY OBS:SCRS MNVR/MIL PRECISION during LUNAR ECLIPSE:90°TURNS etc", LatLong: "44.566669 6.500000", LatLongDMS: "44:34:00 N 06:30:00 E", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Hautes Alpes", Strangeness: "6"

Event 496 (C14826F3)

Date: 9/7/1820
Description: At 8:00 p.m. many observers in Embrun, Hautes-Alpes, France watched flying saucers maneuver with military precision during a lunar eclipse, making 90 degree turns and other maneuvers, for five minutes.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Charles Fort, Book of the Damned; Ray Palmer, Flying Saucers magazine, November 1973, p. 36; Desmond Leslie & George Adamski, Flying Saucers Have Landed, p. 24
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_5706

Event 497 (8EB71EC9)

Date: 9/7/1820
Location: Embrun, France
Description: Astronomer François Arago, director of the Paris observatory, documents an anomalous sighting during a lunar eclipse. Witnesses in Embrun observed peculiar objects exhibiting precise military-like formation. These objects, noted for their equidistant spacing and ability to maintain formation even while changing directions, moved along straight trajectories. The event raises questions about unexplained aerial phenomena during the eclipse.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_400


Year: 1821, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 498 (3CC6FADB)

Date: 2/13/1821
Location: Paris, France
Description: After departing a theater, individuals witnessed a luminous globe suspended in the sky, remaining visible until dawn. The account, originating from a French source, highlights the persistence of superstitious beliefs within a seemingly enlightened society, according to a skeptical translator's note. The event underscores the prevalence of unexplained occurrences and their influence on public perceptions even in the face of enlightenment.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_401


Year: 1822, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 499 (CCF07942)

Date: 10/23/1822
Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
Description: Date unknown. Astronomer Pastorff. 2 disks pass sun's face. No further details.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 15)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_78

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Germany", Credibility: "9", Duration: "8", HatchDesc: "BERLIN,GERMANY:DATE UNK:ASTRONOMER PASTORFF:2 DISKS PASS SUN'S FACE:NFD", LatLong: "52.533336 13.400001", LatLongDMS: "52:32:00 N 13:24:00 E", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "BRL", Strangeness: "6"

Event 500 (89B84165)

Date: 10/23/1822
Description: On this day in Berlin, Germany Astronomer Pastorff watched two disc pass in front of the face of the Sun.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Larry Hatch, U computer database, case no. 81
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_7032

Event 501 (A411BA1F)

Date: 10/23/1822
Location: Buchholz, Germany
Description: Astronomer Pastorff observes two round spots moving across the Sun in a sighting that deviates from the norm of the pre-industrial era.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_402

Event 502 (79A8649D)

Date: 12/5/1822
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Description: A peculiar meteorological event unfolds as an unusual luminous object resembling a large moon-sized ball is sighted descending towards the horizon. Transforming into a fiery pillar and then reverting to its initial spherical shape, the object displays an anomalous behavior before ultimately disappearing from view.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_403


Year: 1823, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 503 (FF2B5FA6)

Date: 5/22/1823
Location: Hereford, England
Description: Reverend T.W. Webb, a respected astronomer known for his work "Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes," reports the sighting of a luminous unidentified object in close proximity to Venus. This unexplained bright object garners attention due to its juxtaposition with the planet, intriguing both amateur and professional stargazers.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_404

Event 504 (9D3DF87B)

Date: 8/7/1823
Time: 17:00
Location: NOBLESVILLE, IN
Description: 12M square cloud / clear sky. Spirals going down. Shots heard. Drops meteorite!
Type: sighting
Reference: AWARENESS (Quarterly) CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK: listed by year. (Index 77)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_79

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), DRT: Dirt/soil traces/marks/footprints etc., TRC: Physical traces, TCH: New technical details/clues, SND: UFO sounds heard or recorded, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "USA", Credibility: "7", Duration: "2", Elev: "242", HatchDesc: "NOBLESVILLE,IN:12M SQUARE CLOUD/CLR SKY:SPIRALS↓:SHOTS HEARD:DROPS METEORITE!", LatLong: "40.033335 -86.016671", LatLongDMS: "40:02:00 N 86:01:00 W", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Indiana", Strangeness: "7"


Year: 1824, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 505 (CFD2771A)

Date: 1824
Locations: Munich, Germany; Moon; Schröter crater
Description: Bavarian astronomer Franz von Gruithuisen of Munich, Germany, writes Discovery of Many Distinct Traces of Lunar Inhabitants, Especially of One of their Colossal Buildings, in which he announces his discovery of a city on the Moon in the rough terrain to the north of Schröter crater that he names the Wallwerk. This region contains a series of somewhat linear ridges that have a fishbone-like pattern, and, with the small refracting telescope he is using, can be perceived as resembling buildings complete with streets. His claims are readily refuted using more powerful instruments. Gruithuisen also thinks that the mysterious “ashen light” observed on Venus’s dark side is due to a festival of fire in honor of the “ascension of a new emperor to the throne of the planet.” Later, he speculates that the illumination is caused by burning jungles to create new farmland.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Gruithuisen’s Lunar City,” whatsupinthesky.com; David Dunér, “Venusians: The Planet Venus in the 18th-Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate,” Journal of Astronomical Data 19, no. 1 (2013): 162; Andrew May, “The Lost Ruins of the Moon,” Fortean Times 358 (October 2017): 56
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_29

Event 506 (744B5C95)

Date: 2/11/1824
Location: DARK LIMB OF MOON
Description: Light flashes intermittently / 30 minute(s). / observatory record.
Type: sighting
Reference: LESLIE, Desmond & ADAMSKI,G: Flying Saucers Have Landed; British Book Center, NY 1956 (Index 126)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_80

Attributes: HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), SIG: Signals/responses to/from/between UFO's/occupants/observers, TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "The Moon", Credibility: "5", Duration: "30", HatchDesc: "DARK LIMB of MOON:LIGHT FLASHES INTERMITTENTLY/30min:/OBSERVATORY RECORD", LatLong: "90.000004 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "90:00:00 N 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Unknown", Strangeness: "6"

Event 507 (61EAF593)

Date: 10/20/1824
Time: 05:00
Location: DARK PART / MOON
Description: Astronomer. Bright object 400X200 km. wide! Going quickly [to] Mt. Copernicus.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLAMMONDE, Paris: UFO EXIST!; Ballentine Books, NY 1976. PB 480pp. (Index 67)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_81

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "The Moon", Credibility: "8", Duration: "30", HatchDesc: "DARK PART/MOON:ASTRONOMER:BRITE OBJ 400X200 km. WIDE!:>>MT COPERNICUS", LatLong: "90.000004 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "90:00:00 N 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "MCP", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1825, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 508 (C0175E43)

Date: 1825
Description: Ampère published his "Ampère’s law."
Type: scientific advance
Reference: Wikipedia
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_6

Event 509 (1FAC6EBA)

Date: 8/12/1825
Time: 03:30
Location: SEA NEAR HAWAII
Description: A. Bloxam. Round glowing object rises / sea going up [to] clouds & descends twice.
Type: sighting
Reference: SANDERSON, Ivan: INVISIBLE RESIDENTS; World Publishing HB 1970 & Avon Books PB 1973 (Index 29)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_82

Attributes: CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, SEA: Observer(s) at sea, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, SUB: Submersible: Rises from or submerges into water, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Pacific Ocean and non - Asian islands", Credibility: "5", Duration: "10", Elev: "0", HatchDesc: "SEA nr HAWAII:A.BLOXAM:RND GLOWING OBJ RISES/SEA ↑CLOUDS & DESCENDS TWICE:", LatLong: "21.333334 -158.000008", LatLongDMS: "21:20:00 N 158:00:00 W", Locale: "High Seas", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "HWI", Strangeness: "7"

Event 510 (8E3DCC5C)

Date: 8/12/1825
Location: At sea near Hawaii, Pacific
Description: English naturalist Andrew Bloxam and fellow observers witness a remarkable event where a large red luminous object emerges from the sea, casting a wide-reaching illumination. The object rises and falls twice, exhibiting a behavior that captivates the onboard middle watch crew. Its fiery red hue and intense brightness, akin to a red-hot cannonball, not only astonish the observers but also provide substantial lighting, allowing small details like a pin to be discerned on the deck.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_405


Year: 1826, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 511 (3FE90B18)

Date: 4/1/1826
Locations: Rastpfuhl; Saarbrücken; Germany
Description: 4:00 p.m. Stone mason Johannes Becker hears a noise resembling thunder at Rastpfuhl, northwest of Saarbrücken, Germany, and sees a grayish object “like two pieces of tin” approaching the earth with lightning speed and expanding itself like a sheet before falling to earth, apparently not far away. After one minute there is another sound like thunder and a strong whirlwind, as if coming from an impact. Pastor Köllner collects testimony from other nearby witnesses and visits the supposed landing site but finds no burn marks or meteoritic stones.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Ernst Chladni, “Über eine merkwürdige meteorische Erscheinung, am 1 April 1826, nicht weit von Saarbrücken,” Annalen der Physik und Chemie 7 \(1826\): 373–377; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 1, Anomalist, 2019, pp. 31–38
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_30

Event 512 (B0D1DAEC)

Date: 4/1/1826
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Description: A grayish object, estimated to be larger than 1 meter, descended swiftly toward the ground emitting a thunderous sound and then expanded, resembling a spreading sheet.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_406


Year: 1827, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 513 (BF5EE3C8)

Date: 1827
Location: Tietjerk, Friesland, Holland
Description: Lieuwe Klaasens and a pastor witnessed a fireball descending and transforming into a fiery human figure upon landing, which subsequently flew back up into the sky.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_407


Year: 1828, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 514 (31A81A96)

Date: 3/1828
Location: Mount Wingen, Australia
Description: An enigmatic flying object described as "cigar-shaped with a peculiar silver hue" landed on Mount Wingen, accompanied by a loud banging noise. The impact ignited vegetation and resulted in the death of cattle. Concurrently, tall unidentified individuals emerged in the town, gesturing towards their needs without speaking. The event led to speculations among the locals, linking it to unexplained disappearances of both people and domesticated animals. This unsettling occurrence remained ingrained in local memory, passed down through generations.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_408

Event 515 (3401DC13)

Date: 5/28/1828
Time: 10:00?
Location: NURNBERG, GERM
Description: Kaspar Hauser age 17. Apparently raised / aliens. Amazing. see reference.
Type: sighting
Reference: MICHELL, John: The FLYING SAUCER VISION; Ace-Star Books, NY PB 1967. (Index 66)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_83

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NFO: No craft seen, PSH: Pseudo-human: Clone/organic robot/human-like, MIB: Men in Black, FIG: Undefined or poorly seen figure/entity, ABD: Human or animal abduction, HUM: Humans affected: Injury/burns/marks/abduction/death, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Germany", Credibility: "5", Duration: "15", HatchDesc: "NURNBERG,GERM:KASPAR HAUSER AGE 17:APPARENTLY RAISED/ALIENS:amazing. see ref", LatLong: "49.466669 11.116667", LatLongDMS: "49:28:00 N 11:07:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Bavaria", Strangeness: "9"

Event 516 (E52026A2)

Date: 10/1828 (approximate)
Location: CASSADAGA SWAMP, NY
Description: Man lost. Brilliant 12M square / light guides him back to road twice!
Type: sighting
Reference: MUFON UFO JOURNAL, Seguin, TX USA. Monthly. (Index 140)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_84

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "USA", Credibility: "5", Duration: "50", Elev: "396", HatchDesc: "CASSADAGA SWAMP,NY:MAN LOST:BRILL.12M SQR/LITE GUIDES HIM BACK TO ROAD TWICE!", LatLong: "42.316669 -79.300004", LatLongDMS: "42:19:00 N 79:18:00 W", Locale: "Wetlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", RelAlt: "3", State/Prov: "New York", Strangeness: "9"


Year: 1829, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 517 (B7625F9B)

Date: 7/17/1829
Time: 23:00
Location: Kensington, Pennsylvania, USA
Description: Between 11 P.M. and midnight, an extraordinary event unfolded as a bright red object, akin to a meteor but with distinctive characteristics, emerged from the vicinity of the Schuylkill. Its journey spanned over Kensington and the Delaware River before vanishing behind Jersey's woods. Initially accompanied by a luminous trail, the object exhibited rapid, irregular, and wavering motions, reminiscent of a kite or an air balloon swaying. Radiating a deep red and remarkably brilliant hue, roughly half the size of the moon, it ascended until crossing the Delaware. Afterward, it diminished to a small speck, then suddenly expanded, emitting sparkles before dimming and ultimately disappearing behind the trees. This perplexing spectacle persisted for an estimated fifteen to twenty minutes.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_409

Event 518 (AB804E71)

Date: 8/20/1829
Location: York Road east of Leeds, England
Description: 11:00 p.m. A man on the York Road east of Leeds, England, sees a moon-like object split into two halves, the upper half of which gives off an apparent shaft of light. He sees two human figures visible to the waist, one of which has a red cloth around its head. The object is visible for more than one hour and is seen by others, during which time a cloud passes in front of it.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Celestial Phenomena,” York Herald, August 22, 1829, p. 2; Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough, Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History, Anomalist, 2015, pp. 111–125
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_31


Year: 1830, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 519 (6C89374F)

Date: 7/23/1830
Location: Whinny Park, near Cupar, Fife, Scotland
Description: Reverend Alexander Espline, traveling from Auchtermuchty to Letham, encountered an unusual sight above Whinny Park, owned by James Millie. Initially observing one peculiar light, he discovered two lights with varying brightness levels. The smaller light emitted a beam before both lights began to flash, prompting Espline to flee in fear. Surprisingly, two days later, the body of James Millie was found near the same location. The incident's connection to his murder wasn't initially considered; a report noted that the discovery might not have happened without an accidental circumstance. Such flickering lights, reminiscent of the ignis fatuus phenomenon, often held significance in medieval tales, indicating burial or other important sites.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_410


Year: 1831, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 520 (225017DB)

Date: 1831
Description: Michael Faraday is generally credited with the discovery of induction
Type: scientific advance
Reference: Wikipedia
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_7


Year: 1832, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 521 (49C66361)

Date: 7/4/1832
Location: MOON
Description: Astronomer Webb. Dot and dash flashes / Mare Crisium. Blots and rays / light. / r223p51.
Type: sighting
Reference: PINDEVIC, Thierry: Le NOEUD GORDIEN ou la FANTASTIQUE HISTOIRE des OVNI. Editions France-Empire, Paris 1979. (Index 51)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_85

Attributes: CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), SIG: Signals/responses to/from/between UFO's/occupants/observers, TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "The Moon", Credibility: "6", Duration: "2", HatchDesc: "MOON:ASTRONOMER WEBB:DOT+DASH FLASHES/MARE CRISIUM:BLOTS+RAYS/LITE:/r223p51", LatLong: "90.000004 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "90:00:00 N 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "MCR", Strangeness: "6"

Event 522 (00EB5783)

Date: 11/14/1832
Location: Tyrol, Germany
Description: A ball of bright light, accompanied by "falling stars," remained suspended in the sky for approximately 15 minutes. Although the incident coincided with the usual timing of the Leonids meteor shower, the unusual presence of a glowing orb in the sky for an extended period distinguishes this event. The report is based on a letter received from Bruneck, Tyrol, Germany, prompting further attention due to its unique nature.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_411


Year: 1833, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 523 (5D2DC2B4)

Date: 3/16/1833
Time: 18:35
Location: North Carolina
Description: During twilight at 6:35 P.M., an observer witnessed an exceptionally slow and bright object, initially positioned slightly to the right of Venus. The object, initially moving northward, defied expectations by altering its trajectory and gliding parallel to the horizon. It transformed into a serpentine shape, remaining stationary for around two minutes and spanning a span of 12 to 15 degrees. The object gradually diminished in luminosity, eventually resembling a thin whitish cloud before completely vanishing by 6:40 P.M., rendering a total visibility duration of just 5 minutes.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_412

Event 524 (0018787F)

Date: 11/13/1833
Description: On this date in 1833 a series of incidents involving a luminous aerial object and the fall of mysterious jelly-like substances were reported in New York, New Jersey and Ohio. At dawn in West Point, New York, a woman milking her cow saw a luminous object descend "with a sposh" sound. She discovered a flattened, jelly-like transparent mass. By 10:00 in the morning it had sublimed and disappeared. The same kind of jelly-like substance was found on the ground in Newark and Rahway, New Jersey. In Poland, Ohio a luminous object in the northeastern sky, at dawn, hovered for nearly an hour. It was described as very brilliant, and was shaped like a "pruning hook." Earlier, at a short time after 2:00 a.m., a luminous object was also seen in the sky at Niagara Falls, New York. It was shaped like a square table, remained stationary in the sky, and emitted rays of light.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Gordon Lore, Jr. and Harold H.Dennault, Jr., Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective, pp. 60-61
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_7622

Event 525 (CF714FF5)

Date: 11/13/1833
Location: Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Description: USA - A large luminous square object observed in the sky for an hour, remained stationary, then departed slowly.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_413


Year: 1834, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 526 (E7A57FB5)

Date: 1834
Location: Cologne (Koln), Germany
Description: Bright object flying NE-N parallel to the horizon, reappeared and split in two.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_414


Year: 1835, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 527 (16FD241D)

Date: 5/11/1835
Locations: Palermo Observatory; Italy
Description: At the Palermo Observatory in Italy, astronomer Niccolò Cacciatore detects a starlike object in the Southern sky between the constellations Virgo and Crater moving at a slow rate that might indicate a planet beyond Uranus. It is nowhere to be seen during his next observation on May 14.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: “Supposed New Planet,” American Journal of Science 31 (1837): 158–159
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_32

Event 528 (23BD70D0)

Date: 5/11/1835
Location: Sicily, Italy
Description: Astronomer Cacciatore reported an unknown luminous object, observed on four consecutive days. Initially mistaken for an eighth magnitude star, its position shifted relative to another star by May 14, 1835. Cacciatore considered it a comet or planet beyond Uranus, but subsequent cloudy skies prevented further observations, and the object was lost by June 2, 1835.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_415

Event 529 (A264B037)

Date: 8/25/1835
End date: 8/31/1835
Locations: New York; America; Europe
Description: The New York Sun publishes a series of six articles on the alleged discovery by English astronomer John Herschel of plants, animals, and winged people on the lunar surface. Using a huge and powerful telescope, Herschel supposedly sees herds of bison-like quadrupeds, a spherical amphibious creature, and a bipedal beaver that lives in huts. The humans are man-bats “covered, except on the face, with short and glossy copper-colored hair, and had wings composed of a thin membrane, without hair, lying snugly upon their backs.” The article is an elaborate hoax. Herschel hasn’t observed life on the moon at all, nor is Herschel even aware of the story until much later. The announcement causes enormous excitement throughout America and Europe. Authorship of the article is usually attributed to Richard Adams Locke, a reporter who is working for The Sun at the time. Locke publicly admits to being the author in 1840, in a letter to the weekly paper New World, although his intent is satire, not misinformation.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Wikipedia, “Great Moon Hoax”; Richard Adams Locke, The Moon Hoax, Gowans, 1859
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_33

Event 530 (79BBE77E)

Date: 10/6/1835
Location: Cosenza, Italy
Description: A pyramid-shaped meteor was observed flying west of Cosenza. It changed shape, leaving a vaporous trail, and moved slowly southward, following a parabolic curve. The meteor eventually disappeared towards Fiumefreddo harbor after heading off towards a mountain, leaving a "gloomy tail."
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_416


Year: 1836, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 531 (3652AB2C)

Date: 1/12/1836
Location: Cherbourg, France
Description: A "luminous body" about two-thirds the size of the moon was observed at 6:30 P.M. It exhibited a dark cavity in its center and appeared to be rotating on its axis while traveling at approximately half a mile per second and an altitude of around 1000 feet. As it passed, it cast shadows on the ground and emitted a whistling sound.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_417

Event 532 (681A8D45)

Date: 7/1836?
Location: SZEGED, HUNGARY
Description: Spherical lights. Lady-in-white appears and vanishes. Local uproar.
Type: sighting
Reference: HOBANA Ion & WEVERBERGH,Julien: UFO'S from BEHIND the IRON CURTAIN; Bantam Books,1975. 308pp. (Index 198)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_86

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, PSH: Pseudo-human: Clone/organic robot/human-like, HUM: Humans affected: Injury/burns/marks/abduction/death, HST: Historical account, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Hungary", Credibility: "4", Duration: "1", HatchDesc: "SZEGED,HUNGARY:SPHERICAL LITES:LADY-IN-WHITE APPEARS+VANISHES:LOCAL UPROAR", LatLong: "46.250002 20.150001", LatLongDMS: "46:15:00 N 20:09:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "CSG", Strangeness: "8"

Event 533 (C8F645C0)

Date: 7/1/1836
Location: Szeged, Hungary
Description: Haunted house phenomena reported, including globular lights, poltergeist effects, and apparitions of a "lady in white" and a dwarf-sized Franciscan monk. Objects were observed being thrown by unseen hands. Similar manifestations have been noted in ufological literature and have been linked by some researchers to the abduction phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_418

Event 534 (B8C981FE)

Date: 7/8/1836
Time: 20:00
Location: Saratov Province, Russia
Description: At 10 P.M., a globe-shaped whitish mass, roughly the size of the moon, appeared on the northern horizon. It hovered briefly before descending slowly to the ground, leaving a zigzag trail, and ultimately disappearing.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_419

Event 535 (2A67E991)

Date: 11/1/1836
Location: Buchholz, Germany
Description: Astronomer Pastorff reported two unexplained objects crossing the sun's face. The objects, of differing sizes, exhibited changing positions relative to each other.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_420


Year: 1837, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 536 (D68004E8)

Date: 1837
Location: Scarborough, England
Description: Chief officer Mr. White witnessed frightening lights the size of oranges with undulating motion about five to six feet from the ground, accompanied by hissing noises. Additional luminous appearances shot across the road and sky emitting rocket-like hissing sounds. Another man named Trotter, stationed on a cliff, was so frightened by these phenomena that he hid.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_421

Event 537 (8674DD84)

Date: 2/16/1837
Location: Buchholz, Germany
Description: Astronomer Pastorff reported another unexplained object crossing the sun's face.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_422

Event 538 (B6E35109)

Date: 8/29/1837
Location: Tirgu-Neamt, Romania
Description: A luminous sphere was observed by locals during the night. At dawn, the sphere descended closer to the ground, casting an intense reddish glow that illuminated the fields.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_423


Year: 1838, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 539 (2621D085)

Date: 1838
Description: Samuel F. B. Morse demonstrates telegraph transmission across two miles of wire in Morristown, NJ
Type: scientific advance
Reference: link
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_8

Event 540 (6E98F7BA)

Date: 1838
Location: Broughty Ferry, Dundee
Description: Scottish minister and science writer Thomas Dick publishes Celestial Scenery: The Wonders of the Planetary System Displayed, in which he suggests that every planet in the Solar System is inhabited. At his home in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, he computes that the Solar System contains 21.9 trillion inhabitants, 53.5 billion of them on Venus. This is done comparing the surface area of each planet and the population density of England.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Thomas Dick, Celestial Scenery, Harper, 1838
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_34

Event 541 (CDD7077B)

Date: 1838
Location: India
Description: G. Pettitt reported a flying disk with a hook-shaped appendage, roughly the apparent size of the moon but brighter. The sighting lasted around 20 minutes.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_424


Year: 1839, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 542 (2EE55814)

Date: 10/2/1839
Location: Rome, Italy
Description: Astronomer De Cuppis of the Royal College reported an unknown body resembling a planet passing in front of the sun. This observation was used by Le Verrier to calculate the orbit of Vulcan. The object appeared as a well-defined, perfectly round spot, moving at a speed that would make it cross the sun in approximately 6 hours.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_425


Year: 1840, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 543 (D3094F69)

Date: 1840
Location: Vienna Observatory
Description: Joseph von Littrow, of the Vienna Observatory, had an idea on how to establish interplanetary communication. He proposed excavating trenches about 20 miles wide to form geometric shapes, filling those trenches with water and kerosene, and lighting them up at night to increase their visibility. Both Gauss and von Littrow reasoned that, if there was intelligent life out there, those beings would recognize mathematical truths as a sign that Earth had its own intelligent beings. Math would be the universal language.
Type: contact proposal
Reference: slate.com
Reference: US House Of Representatives - 1978 - Hearing - Space Science Subcommittee - Extraterrestrial Intelligence Research, page 41
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_1018


Year: 1841, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 544 (34258300)

Date: 1841
Location: Pedang, on the coast of Sumatra
Description: Mr. M. N. Ward, a gentleman connected with the mission at Pedang, on the coast of Sumatra, has published a well attested account of a flying serpent seen by the narrator. He saw the animal fly from a tree at the height of some fifty or sixty feet, to another tree some forty fathoms distant. It supports itself in the air by drawing its belly, widening itself and forming an arch as far as the ribs extend, and forces itself ahead with the rapidity of a bird, by sinuous motions, like a serpent swimming. There is nothing in the reptile which bears any resemblance to a wing. Its length is about four feet, and bite is dangerous. Another description of flying or darting serpents, is described by the natives, whose bite is instant death. It leaps or flies only about half the distance of the other, and makes none of the sinuous waving motion in the air. This discovery, of the truth of which there can be no doubt, shows the portion of Scripture which speaks of “burning fiery serpents” had a literal fact for the basis of its figurative language, though the species is now extinct in the region spoken of in the Bible. What a terrible scourge must be such an animal. Give us the sterility of the frozen, rather than the fertility of the torrid zones with such drawbacks. Polar bears are more agreeable than flying serpents.
Type: creature encounter
Reference: Holly Springs Gazette (Holly Springs, Mississippi), August 04, 1841
Reference: ThinkAboutIt
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_1017


Year: 1842, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 545 (F3673F9D)

Date: 6/30/1842
Time: 12:00?
Location: CUPAR, FIFE, SCOTLAND
Description: Big boom. Clothes fly off lines. Some drop. Others fly away!
Type: sighting
Reference: WILKINS, Harold T.: FLYING SAUCERS UNCENSORED; Citadel 1955 & Pyramid Books, NY PB 1967. (Index 89)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_87

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NFO: No craft seen, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "6", Duration: "2", Elev: "48", HatchDesc: "CUPAR,FIFE,SCOTLAND:BIG BOOM:CLOTHES FLY OFF LINES:SOME DROP:OTHERS FLY AWAY!", LatLong: "56.322225 -3.005556", LatLongDMS: "56:19:20 N 03:00:20 W", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Scotland", Strangeness: "5"

Event 546 (CDD1F244)

Date: 7/1842?
Location: ORENBURG, RUSSIA
Description: Odd cloud hovers. Perfectly hexagonal metal pieces fall! P280.
Type: sighting
Reference: HOBANA Ion & WEVERBERGH,Julien: UFO'S from BEHIND the IRON CURTAIN; Bantam Books,1975. 308pp. (Index 280)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_88

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, TRC: Physical traces, TCH: New technical details/clues, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Russia", Credibility: "7", Duration: "1", HatchDesc: "ORENBURG,RUS:ODD CLOUD HOVERS:PERFECTLY HEXAGONAL METAL PIECES FALL!:p280", LatLong: "41.833335 55.083336", LatLongDMS: "41:50:00 N 55:05:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "ORE", Strangeness: "7"


Year: 1843, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 547 (CFB23006)

Date: 3/5/1843
Time: 01:00
Location: BUCHAREST, ROM
Description: Signs appear in sky. One is [a] pyramidal comet. Not weather balloon.
Type: sighting
Reference: HOBANA Ion & WEVERBERGH,Julien: UFO'S from BEHIND the IRON CURTAIN; Bantam Books,1975. 308pp. (Index 222)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_89

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Romania", Credibility: "9", Duration: "104", HatchDesc: "BUCHAREST,ROM:SIGNS APPEAR IN SKY:1=PYRAMIDAL COMET:NOT WEATHER BALLOON:", LatLong: "44.433335 26.100001", LatLongDMS: "44:26:00 N 26:06:00 E", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Bucharest", Strangeness: "5"

Event 548 (583CB0A7)

Date: 4/9/1843
Time: 20:00
Location: Greenville, Tennessee, USA
Description: Around 8 o'clock in the evening, a luminous ball approximately two feet in circumference was observed in the southwestern sky. The ball emitted small meteors and surpassed the brightness of the sun. Initially stationary, it then displayed rapid vertical motions, rising about thirty feet, falling to its starting point, and repeating this pattern around fifteen times. It subsequently moved horizontally for a similar distance and time. After assuming its original position, it rose vertically about twelve feet, gradually diminishing in size over an hour and fifteen minutes before vanishing entirely.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_426

Event 549 (5438293B)

Date: 5/7/1843
Description: An object with the "resemblance of a ship" sailed through the air over Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and cast a shadow on the ground.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: John R. Colombo, UFOs over Canada: Personal accounts of sightings and close encounters, p. 209
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_2610

Event 550 (D5D44DA4)

Date: 10/1843
Location: Warwick, Ontario, Canada
Description: In the afternoon of October third, Charles Cooper, a farmer, witnessed an unusual event in the sky. After a light rain and the passing of a rainbow, Cooper heard distant thunder-like sounds. He noticed a distinct cloud approaching from the west, underneath which he saw three white men flying through the air in a single-file formation. The figures appeared motionless, with outstretched arms, emitting mournful moans that resembled the distant roars he had initially heard. The men, seemingly sailing just above the treetops, continued their passage until disappearing from view. Despite Cooper's claims, others in the area did not report seeing the flying men.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_427

Event 551 (4C95BDAA)

Date: 10/3/1843
Description: Farmer Cooper saw three men flying through the sky over Warwick, Quebec. They were completely white.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: John Colombo, UFOs over Canada: Personal accounts of sightings and close encounters, p. 209
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_6516


Year: 1844, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 552 (1B61B870)

Date: 10/4/1844
Location: Astronomer Glaisher reported an unidentified luminous object, shining as brightly as Jupiter
Description: The object emitted rapid, flickering waves of light. The specific location where this event occurred is unknown.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_428


Year: 1845, 7 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 553 (EC381CAB)

Date: 3/29/1845
Time: 23:00
Location: London, England
Description: At 11 P.M., Mr. Goddart witnessed an orange-colored object in the sky within the Canes Venatici constellation. He described it as a faint light, about magnitude 4, with a yellow hue. Using a telescope, he observed the object resembling a cluster of four stars, with a central area emitting an orange glow. The object moved gradually from Canes Venatici towards Coma Berenices, increasing in brightness. After approximately two minutes, the object faded and disappeared.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_429

Event 554 (8C7D7F30)

Date: 5/11/1845
Location: CAPODIMONTE OBSERVER(S), ITL
Description: Astronomer. Odd shapes pass suns face / 2 days. / Nature. / r2p15.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 278)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_90

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, MID: Likely mis-identification, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Italy", Credibility: "8", Duration: "10", HatchDesc: "CAPODIMONTE OBS.,ITL:ASTRONOMR:ODD SHAPES PASS SUNS FACE/2 DAYS:/NATURE:/r2p15", LatLong: "40.866669 14.200001", LatLongDMS: "40:52:00 N 14:12:00 E", Locale: "Mountains", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "NA", Strangeness: "4"

Event 555 (404D3739)

Date: 5/11/1845
Location: Capodimonte Observatory, Naples, Italy
Description: Astronomer Schumacher communicated to Gauss that astronomer Ernesto Capocci had observed objects passing in front of the sun between 11 to 13 May. Capocci's report about these occurrences was conveyed to Schumacher. The exact nature of these passing objects and their characteristics are not specified in the provided information.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_430

Event 556 (07BE51C4)

Date: 6/18/1845
Location: NORTHWEST / MALTA
Description: Steamship Victoria. Wind stops. 3 luminous silver saucers rise / sea. Hover. Shoot going up. / r44p34.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 40)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_91

Attributes: SEA: Observer(s) at sea, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, SUB: Submersible: Rises from or submerges into water, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Italy", Credibility: "5", Duration: "10", Elev: "0", HatchDesc: "NW/MALTA:SS VICTORIA:WIND STOPS:3 LUMn.SLVR SCRS RISE/SEA:HVR:SHOOT↑:/r44p34", LatLong: "36.683335 13.744445", LatLongDMS: "36:41:00 N 13:44:40 E", Locale: "Offshore", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "SEA", Strangeness: "7"

Event 557 (19F7E1AD)

Date: 6/18/1845
Locations: Strait of Sicily; Licata, Sicily, Italy; Ainab, Lebanon
Description: 10:30 p.m. The British brig Victoria, captained by George Henry Caithness, is becalmed in the Strait of Sicily about 30 miles southwest of Licata, Sicily, Italy, when a huge wind suddenly blows from the east for two hours. Then the wind suddenly stops, and the crew feels an overpowering heat and smells a sulfuric stench. At this moment three “luminous bodies” emerge from the sea about one-half mile away and remain visible for 10 minutes. Shortly thereafter the wind picks up again. (This could be a magma plume from an undersea volcanic vent.) Around 7:10 p.m., at Ainab, Lebanon, two objects five times as large as the moon, joined by “streamers or appendages,” are observed in the west and remain visible for one hour, moving slowly on an easterly course. The objects are so bright they are painful to look at. A possible outgassing event from the Madrepore subsea vent.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Atmospherical Phenomena,” London Morning Chronicle, August 8, 1845, p. 5; The Athenaeum, August 19, 1848, p. 833; James Glaisher, et al., “Report on Observations of Luminous Meteors, 1860–61,” Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1861, pp. 30–31; Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough, Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History, Anomalist, 2015, pp. 139–152; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 2, Anomalist, 2021, pp. 115–126
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_35

Event 558 (C7134EAB)

Date: 6/18/1845
Time: 21:30
Location: Between Malta and Turkey
Description: On the brig Victoria, en route from Newcastle to Malta, an anomalous event occurred. Around 9:30 P.M., the ship was becalmed, and its top-gallant and royal masts were suddenly lost as if in a squall. Following two hours of strong eastward winds and the crew reefing topsails, an abrupt calm ensued accompanied by intense heat and a sulfuric smell. Three luminous objects emerged from the sea about half a mile away from the vessel, remaining visible for about ten minutes. Subsequently, strong winds resumed and the ship encountered a cold, fresh air current. The reported coordinates would place the ship approximately 900 miles from Antalya, Turkey.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_431

Event 559 (92B83888)

Date: 6/18/1845
Time: 21:00
Location: Ainab Mountain, Lebanon
Description: Half an hour after sunset, an extraordinary and captivating yet unsettling sight unfolded in the sky. Observers at Ainab, Mount Lebanon, witnessed two large celestial bodies, each estimated to be around five times larger than the moon. These objects were connected by streamers or appendages, resembling billowing flags caught in a gentle breeze. Emitting a painful brightness that seemed to be reflected from the main bodies, these entities appeared in the west, endured for an hour, followed an eastward trajectory, and gradually vanished. This event might have been linked to the earlier sighting on the same date.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_432


Year: 1846, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 560 (94E9A43A)

Date: 6/7/1846
Location: Darmstadt, Germany
Description: A reported instance of an object descending from the sky was determined to be "only slag" upon examination. Although the residue's composition was found to be "nothing but slag," this observation is noteworthy due to its physical implications, especially in light of similar instances where unidentified flying objects dropped molten metal. While not a significant sighting itself, its potential relevance prompts its inclusion for consideration.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_433

Event 561 (AA236F74)

Date: 8/25/1846
Location: Saint-Apre, France
Description: Dr. Moreau experienced an unusual event around 2:30 A.M. during his journey back from a patient's house. He encountered a luminous globe that appeared to unfold, releasing numerous star-like objects. This phenomenon persisted for about three to four minutes before gradually diminishing, eventually leading to the disappearance of the globe. The occurrence took place under warm and calm weather conditions.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_434

Event 562 (8608EA20)

Date: 9/19/1846
Location: La Salette, France
Description: Two cowherds, an eleven-year-old boy named Maximin and a fourteen-year-old girl named Melanie Calvat, witnessed a brilliant light and an apparition. Melanie recounted seeing a radiant light even brighter than the sun while observing grazing cows. She and Maximin both observed a static light that opened up to reveal a more brilliant moving light, within which appeared a beautiful lady dressed in white and gold with a rose-adorned cap. The lady was surrounded by light and tears, expressing concern about Sunday desecration and blasphemous behavior. The parish priest identified the figure as the Blessed Virgin. The Bishop of Grenoble approved the apparitions, leading to pilgrimages, while Melanie became a nun and continued receiving revelations, whereas Maximin's aspiration to become a priest was unsuccessful.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_435

Event 563 (16A9B8B5)

Date: 11/1846
Location: Rangoon River, China
Description: During a dark night around 7:30 P.M., a ship's owner's wife, the captain, and a 4-year-old child witnessed the sudden appearance of a bright light emitting extreme heat. The light, resembling a compact flame, swiftly moved in front of the ship. Unlike lightning, the light's appearance alarmed the witnesses, while others nearby also sensed a rapid rise in temperature, despite being unable to see the light themselves.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_436


Year: 1847, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 564 (355CC71A)

Date: 3/18/1847
Location: DARK PART / MOON
Description: Luminous dots appear / 2 days. 11+12 December. Bright flashing light / dark part.
Type: sighting
Reference: LESLIE, Desmond & ADAMSKI,G: Flying Saucers Have Landed; British Book Center, NY 1956 (Index 126)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_92

Attributes: CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), SIG: Signals/responses to/from/between UFO's/occupants/observers, TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "The Moon", Credibility: "5", Duration: "196", HatchDesc: "DARK PART/MOON:LUM.DOTS APPEAR/2 DAYS::11+12DEC:BRITE FLASHING LITE/DARK PART", LatLong: "90.000004 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "90:00:00 N 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "DRK", Strangeness: "6"

Event 565 (A9ACD625)

Date: 3/19/1847
Locations: Highbury East, London, England; Hampstead
Description: 8:30 p.m. A woman and her companion are in Highbury East, London, England, when they notice what seems to be a fire balloon ascending slowly in the west, seemingly over Hampstead. It shoots out “several fiery coruscations” and turns into an intensely radiant cloud, which moves on further west. Its light shines down on the houses below. Suddenly another bright cloud appears above the first. After 2–3 minutes, a fiery ball drops from the upper cloud to the lower one, followed by two others. Soon after this, both clouds disappear.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Meteoric Stones,” Littell’s Living Age 56 (1858): 503
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_36

Event 566 (BA93A327)

Date: 3/19/1847
Location: Holloway, London, England
Description: In the evening, witnesses observed an unknown object resembling a fire-balloon ascending slowly in the west, accompanied by intense brilliance. As it reached a position over Hampstead, the object emitted fiery coruscations and transformed into a radiant cloud, emitting a unique and bright blue-tinted light on the surrounding houses. Another even more brilliant cloud appeared above, and after a brief period, small fiery balls dropped from the upper cloud into the lower one. This process repeated, with larger balls descending. Eventually, both clouds disappeared, seemingly absorbed into the heavens. The moon later emerged to the north, and the witnesses also observed zodiacal light lasting over an hour.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_437

Event 567 (884B5CB9)

Date: 10/11/1847
Location: Bonn, Germany
Description: Astronomer Schmidt reported a swift-moving small black spot crossing the sun's disk. The object's rapid motion was distinct from that of a bird or an insect passing before the telescope.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_438

Event 568 (303E504F)

Date: 11/19/1847
Location: Oxford, Wytham Park, England
Description: Mr. Symonds reported a sizable object in the sky that made two stationary stops during its seven-minute trajectory.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_439


Year: 1848, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 569 (90A84251)

Date: 1848
Location: Arabian Sea, Arabia
Description: A ship at sea encountered two fiery wheels resembling rolling haystacks on fire. As they approached, the wheels exploded with a crashing sound, causing two masts on the ship to rupture violently accompanied by a strong sulfur odor. Sir W. S. Harris reported this incident.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_440

Event 570 (57BC711B)

Date: 3/9/1848
Location: Oxford, Wytham Park, England
Description: Mr. Symonds reported a solitary unidentified celestial object in the sky.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_441

Event 571 (AF4F05B3)

Date: 9/4/1848
Time: 20:59
Location: Nottingham, England
Description: At 8:59 P.M., Mr. Lowe observed a slow-moving unidentified object from Highfield Observatory. Resembling a bright star, the object traveled from Eta of Antinoiis to Pi of Sagittarius, taking 45 seconds to cover the distance. Its gradual speed ruled out meteoric activity, and its brightness was estimated to be six times that of Jupiter.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_442

Event 572 (93D14E9B)

Date: 9/18/1848
Location: Inverness, Scotland
Description: Two large, bright lights resembling stars observed in the sky. Lights alternated between stationary and high-velocity movements.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_443


Year: 1849, 6 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 573 (1B361A28)

Date: 2/5/1849
Location: Deal, Kent, England
Description: Observer named Brown witnessed two dark objects crossing the sun's disk.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_444

Event 574 (B8FFB5DA)

Date: 2/13/1849
Location: Reims, France
Description: Skilled observer Coulvier-Gravier witnessed a 3rd magnitude "star" displaying abrupt accelerations and stops while moving a 20-degree course across the sky. Observed around 7:30 P.M. near Delta Cephei.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_445

Event 575 (C529D904)

Date: 3/12/1849
Location: Location Unknown
Description: Astronomer Sidebotham recorded an object traversing the sun's disk, contributing to Le Verrier's calculations regarding Vulcan, a hypothesized planet within Mercury's orbit.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_446

Event 576 (8FD123F1)

Date: 4/4/1849
Location: Delhi, India
Description: An exceptionally slow object observed in the sky, displaying variations in brightness.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_447

Event 577 (5B16B6E0)

Date: 10/14/1849
Location: Athens, Greece
Description: Astronomer Schmidt documented an unidentified celestial object transiting across the sun's disk.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_448

Event 578 (8C4A24BF)

Date: 10/17/1849
Time: 13:00?
Location: BANGALORE, INDIA
Description: Lt. Hershel. Luminous disks stream past sun. 1 pauses then burst / speed.
Type: sighting
Reference: LESLIE, Desmond & ADAMSKI,G: Flying Saucers Have Landed; British Book Center, NY 1956 (Index 45)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_93

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, MIL: Observer(s) military, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles

Extra Data: Country: "India", Credibility: "6", Duration: "152", HatchDesc: "BANGALORE,INDIA:Lt HERSHEL:LUM.DISKS STREAM PAST SUN:1 PAUSES THEN BURST/SPEED", LatLong: "13.050001 77.650004", LatLongDMS: "13:03:00 N 77:39:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "KRN", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1850, 8 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 579 (5A5894B7)

Date: 1850's
Location: Sonora, California
Description: Charles A. Dellschau and a group known as the Aero Club, comprised of inventive individuals, reportedly secretly built and flew revolutionary aircraft in the 1850s. Dellschau's illustrated notebooks detail their activities, claiming the aircraft used a substance called "supe" or "NB" with anti-gravity properties for propulsion and lights, but disbanded after the substance's inventor died, with mention of a possible larger secret organization called NYMZA. (Chapter 1, Ref 78)
Type: mystery airship
Reference: It Didn't Start with Roswell, by Philip L. Rife, 2001
Source: Rife, ID: Rife_73

Event 580 (C1800DBA)

Date: 1/15/1850
Location: Cherbourg, France
Description: Around 7:45 P.M., during snowy weather, Mr. Fleury observed a luminous object above trees. The light exhibited a swinging motion around its base aligned with the horizon. The object flickered, appeared on the brink of vanishing, rekindled, and eventually vanished. Subsequent small flashes were observed moving south.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_449

Event 581 (D29020C9)

Date: 2/5/1850
Time: 18:50
Location: Sandwich, Kent, England
Description: At 6:50 P.M., Mr. W. H. Weekes reported a small luminous object initially stationary near Orion. It moved gradually along a straight path, increasing in apparent size to about one third the moon's diameter. The object transformed from a speck of light to a "red-hot iron ball," lingered for approximately three minutes, and then vanished in a fiery display. The object had been motionless for 1 minute and 45 seconds before moving horizontally for 45 seconds.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_450

Event 582 (9D3AFFDE)

Date: 2/18/1850
Location: Athens, Greece
Description: Astronomer Schmidt observed and reported an unidentified object passing in front of the Sun.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_451

Event 583 (47D4B8D7)

Date: 3/13/1850
Location: Paris, France
Description: Mr. Goulvier-Gravier, founder of a meteoritics observatory, witnessed a magnitude 3 "shooting star" originating from the southeast. The object altered its course and reversed direction at 4:45 A.M.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_452

Event 584 (68617CE3)

Date: 9/15/1850
Locations: Wellington Channel; Cornwallis; Devon Islands; Nunavut; Canada
Description: 6:20 p.m. Senior medical officer Elisha Kent Kane and other crew members of the USS Advance, participating in the First Grinnell Expedition to the Arctic to determine the fate of the lost Franklin Northwest Passage expedition, watch a balloon-like object over the Wellington Channel between Cornwallis and Devon islands, Nunavut, Canada. It is floating slowly northward and appears to be 2 feet long by 18 inches wide. After a short time, a small object appears below it.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Elisha Kent Kane, The U.S. Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, Harper and Brothers, 1854, p. 190
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_37

Event 585 (8BCD0A23)

Date: 10/3/1850
Location: Talcot Mt., near Hartford, CT, USA
Description: Observer Graylord Wells reported a bright orange-hued meteor about a foot in diameter, accompanied by a fan-shaped train approximately 15 to 16 feet in length. The meteor ascended from east to west, passing near the moon, before altering its direction towards the southeast. The phenomenon descended gradually and disappeared on the southeastern horizon. The entire event, including the movement of its train, lasted for at least three minutes, and its visibility likely extended for an hour and a half, according to the observer's account presented by Professor Brocklesby.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_453

Event 586 (3EAC8087)

Date: 12/8/1850 (approximate)
Location: ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND
Description: Violet meteor north going south. Shoots out small fiery ball / 90° to original trajectory.
Type: sighting
Reference: WILKINS, Harold T.: FLYING SAUCERS ON THE ATTACK; Ace Books, NY PB 1967. (Index 29)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_94

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "9", Duration: "1", Elev: "36", HatchDesc: "ABERDEEN,SCOTL:VIOLET METEOR N>S:SHOOTS OUT SML FIERY BALL/90° to ORIG TRAJ", LatLong: "57.166669 -2.133333", LatLongDMS: "57:10:00 N 02:08:00 W", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Scotland", Strangeness: "4"


Year: 1851, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 587 (5712ED93)

Date: 1851
Time: 9:30
Location: London, England
Description: Unidentified objects were sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. Physiological effects were noted. Many discs were observed by one experienced male witness for 99 minutes.
Type: ufo sightings
Reference: Flying Saucers Have Landed, Desmond Leslie, British Book Center, 1953
Reference: ThinkAboutIt
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_1019


Year: 1852, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 588 (16095CA9)

Date: 10/10/1852
Location: Reims, France
Description: M. Coultier-Gravier, compiling shooting star statistics, observed a distinctive "meteor" at 8 P.M. The third-degree object initially appeared near "nu" of Capricorn and followed a 30-degree path across the sky. Notably, the meteor altered its course from northwest to southwest, making a 90-degree turn.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_454

Event 589 (33D7F487)

Date: 12/17/1852
Time: 05:00
Location: DOVER, KENT
Description: Triangular cloud with tail appears / storm. 1/2 moon-size. Blast. Dissipates.
Type: sighting
Reference: AWARENESS (Quarterly) CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK: listed by year. (Index 77)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_95

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues, SND: UFO sounds heard or recorded, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "8", Duration: "13", HatchDesc: "DOVER,KENT:TRIANGLR CLOUD W/TAIL APPEARS/STORM:1/2 MOONSIZE:BLAST:DISSIPATES", LatLong: "51.166669 1.316667", LatLongDMS: "51:10:00 N 01:19:00 E", Locale: "Coastlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1853, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 590 (2F5E345C)

Date: 1853
Location: Paris, France
Description: Amede Guillemin, residing on Rue Arnelot, witnessed a slow-moving object above Pere-Lachaise cemetery. The object, described as a "pale red disk," moved horizontally at an exceptionally leisurely pace.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_455


Year: 1854, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 591 (C3C1C957)

Date: 3/21/1854
Location: Washington, D.C.
Description: 9:30 p.m. People in Washington, D.C., see a brilliant light in the sky overhead “like a coal of fire glowing,” red in color and stationary. It is visible for 20–30 minutes before it fades away.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Atmospherical Phenomenon,” Gettysburg \(Pa.) Adams Sentinel, March 27, 1854, p. 1
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_38

Event 592 (86ECEEC7)

Date: 5/22/1854
Location: Unknown Location
Description: A correspondent named R. P. Greg relayed that their friend witnessed a series of unidentified objects. The first object, comparable in size to Mercury, appeared near the planet. Following it was an elongated object, and behind that, a smaller round object.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_456


Year: 1855, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 593 (74CE8123)

Date: 1/21/1855
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
Description: Around 10 P.M., an observer spotted a bright red sphere, roughly two minutes in diameter. The object initially appeared beneath the guards in Ursa Minor and exhibited apparent stillness. After approximately fifteen seconds, it gradually moved eastward, almost horizontally, with a slight undulating motion. The object passed near the star Benetuash in Ursa Major and vanished in the distance close to Denebola in Leo constellation. The observation extended for ten minutes, and there were no observed explosions or scintillations.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_457

Event 594 (03BCEE6E)

Date: 1/22/1855
Locations: New Haven, Connecticut; Eta Ursae Majoris; Denebola in the constellation Leo
Description: 10:00 p.m. A witness walking in the public square in New Haven, Connecticut, sees a brilliant red fireball in the sky near the star Gamma Draconis. At first it is stationary but after 15 seconds it moves slowly toward the east with a slight undulatory motion. It passes below the star Eta Ursae Majoris and disappears not far from Denebola in the constellation Leo. The object is visible for 10 minutes.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Meteoric Phenomenon,” New York Times, January 25, 1855, p. 1
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_39

Event 595 (8ACA3EAE)

Date: 6/11/1855
Location: Bonn, Germany
Description: Astronomers Ritter and Schmidt reported a dark unknown body crossing the sun's disk.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_458

Event 596 (9891E766)

Date: 8/11/1855
Location: Tillington, Sussex, England
Description: Around 11:30 P.M., Mrs. Ayling and several other witnesses observed a red wheel-shaped object with spokes. The object emerged from behind hills and remained visible in the sky for an hour and a half.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_459

Event 597 (6A4330E3)

Date: 12/10/1855
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Description: An unexplained object, ranging in size from the sun's apparent diameter to that of a star, appeared in the southwestern sky for approximately 10 to 12 minutes. The object's configuration underwent multiple changes, transitioning from a single mass to two or three masses alternately. The phenomenon illuminated a significant portion of the heavens around it.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_460


Year: 1857, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 598 (0AB2657A)

Date: 6/19/1857
Alternate date: 6/20/1857
Location: Carbondale, Pennsylvania
Description: Sunset. A large cloud moves in over Carbondale, Pennsylvania, from the northwest, accompanied by considerable wind. It emits a dark-looking substance that falls to the ground, where it becomes highly luminous. It moves toward a large barn and passes through its center, setting it on fire, and continues on in a straight course for the woods, burning up the underbrush. It makes a path about 16 feet wide for a distance of 3 miles, and it finally stops against an outcrop of anthracite coal 60 feet in thickness. It leaves a sulfurous mass behind.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Extraordinary Meteoric Phenomenon,” Baltimore \(Md.) Sun, June 27, 1857, p. 1
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_40


Year: 1858, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 599 (307458D8)

Date: 1858
Location: Jay, Ohio, USA
Description: Witnesses, including Mr. Henry Wallace, observed a large, uniquely designed vessel approximately 100 yards above the ground. The craft was manned by several very tall individuals. Speculation arose that the vessel hailed from Venus, Mercury, or Mars, potentially for exploration or leisure. Mr. Wallace described the vessel's intricate mechanical workings as advanced and precise, capable of a steady pace of about six miles per hour, with the potential for much higher speeds. Despite subsequent research efforts, the veracity of this account remains unverifiable due to lack of definitive historical evidence.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_461

Event 600 (292A6085)

Date: 7/10/1858
End date: 1/7/1943
Description: Nikola Tesla (1858-1943), born in modern-day Croatia, was an inventor and electrical engineer renowned for his contributions to the development of alternating current (AC) electrical systems. His rivalry with Thomas Edison, who was a proponent of direct current (DC), is legendary in the history of science. Tesla's innovative work spanned a wide range, including radio waves, remote control drones/robotics, the Tesla turbine, wireless transmission, and the Tesla coil. Despite his profound contributions, he spent his later years in relative obscurity and died in New York City in 1943.

The SI unit named after Nikola Tesla is the "tesla," symbolized as "T." It is the unit of magnetic flux density (or magnetic induction) in the International System of Units. One tesla represents one weber per square meter and can also be viewed as the magnetic field strength that results in a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the field at a speed of one meter per second.
Type: scientist
Reference: Wikipedia
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_9


Year: 1859, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 601 (CF59DE3A)

Date: 3/26/1859
Location: Orgeres, France
Description: Amateur astronomer Mr. Lescarbault reported observing a planetary-sized body crossing the sun's disk. His letter led to a meeting with Le Verrier, who aimed to validate the observation for the purpose of calculating an orbit for Vulcan, an intra-mercurial planet hypothesized by Le Verrier. Lescarbault's account included a detailed duration of the passage and an expectation that a circular, small black dot might be seen again in front of the sun, potentially representing the hypothesized planet. The interaction between Lescarbault and Le Verrier was significant in the context of their collaboration on this astronomical phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_462


Year: 1860, 12 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 602 (048746F2)

Date: 1860
End date: 1864
Description: Louis Pasteur’s key germ theory experiments
Type: scientific advance
Reference: Wikipedia
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_10

Event 603 (8ACE3112)

Date: 1/29/1860
Location: London, England
Description: Mr. Russell and three additional observers reported an unidentified object of planetary dimensions.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_463

Event 604 (0DAE8696)

Date: 3/1/1860
Time: 21:45
Location: Moscow, Russia
Description: At 9:45 P.M., a star southwest of the Great Bear suddenly expanded in size and turned reddish, resembling iron at a high temperature. This anomaly persisted until 11:30 P.M., reaching half the moon's size, after which it faded. By midnight, the object vanished, replaced by a black speck among the stars. The event's author speculated about the possibility of the object's destruction, suggesting that astronomers and poets might explore its significance.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_464

Event 605 (B0E256AB)

Date: 7/13/1860
Location: WILMINGTON, DE
Description: 60M object / 30m altitude. Type unknown. 3 glowing-balls trail / 30m intervals.
Type: sighting
Reference: CLARK, Jerome: UFO ENCOUNTERS & BEYOND; Signet Books 1993. 192pp. (Index 17)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_96

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, NWS: News media report, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "USA", Credibility: "8", Duration: "1", Elev: "30", HatchDesc: "WILMINGTON,DE:60M OBJ/30m alt:TYPE UNK:3 GLOW-BALLS TRAIL/30m INTERVALS", LatLong: "39.733335 -75.550004", LatLongDMS: "39:44:00 N 75:33:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", RelAlt: "30", State/Prov: "Delaware", Strangeness: "5"

Event 606 (D1DED67A)

Date: 7/13/1860
Description: In Wilmington, Delaware at 9:45 p.m. a pale blue light illuminated a 200-foot long cloud-like object in the sky that moved slowly and silently through the sky. At regular distances behind the cloud followed three "very red and glowing balls."
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Gordon I.R. Lore, Jr. and Harold H. Dennault, Jr., Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective, p. 65
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_4024

Event 607 (E0FCDB21)

Date: 7/17/1860
Location: Dharamsala, India
Description: Following the day when a notable meteor fell in the region, an observer witnessed a sequence of lights in the evening sky around 7 P.M. The lights displayed patterns, each enduring for at least a minute, located over areas devoid of structures or roads. Some lights resembled fire balloons, while others appeared in the distance towards lower hills, and a few were closer to the observer's location. The observer ruled out common explanations like lanterns or bonfires and concluded these were genuine lights in the sky. Despite inquiries among the local population, the cause of these lights remained elusive.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_465

Event 608 (BD6457AB)

Date: 7/20/1860
Locations: Brooklyn, New York; Texas State University–San Marcos; Hudson River; New York; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Norfolk
Description: 9:40 p.m. A poem by Brooklyn, New York, poet Walt Whitman, “Year of Meteors (1859-60),” published in a later edition of Leaves of Grass, describes a “strange huge meteor-procession dazzling and clear shooting over our heads.” For many years, no one could identify the event. Then in 2000, Texas State University–San Marcos physicist Donald W. Olson discovered a painting by Hudson River artist Frederic Edwin Church depicting two large meteors streaming across the sky and dated July 20, 1860. An examination of contemporary newspapers revealed that this was probably Whitman’s meteor procession. Around 9:40 p.m., two meteors with trails, one behind another, are seen in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Norfolk, and other locations in the East, proceeding slowly from northwest to southeast for nearly one minute. They are as bright as Venus. A rare event, and little understood until 1913, a meteor procession occurs when an earth-grazing meteor breaks apart and the fragments travel across the sky in the same horizontal path. Olson and his colleagues finally publish their discovery in the July 2010 issue of Sky & Telescope.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:The Wonders of the Heavens: The Meteor Train,” Brooklyn \(N.Y.) Evening Star, July 21, 1860, p. 2; “The Meteor of Friday Night,” New York Herald, July 22, 1860, p. 1; “Texas State Astronomers Solve Walt Whitman Meteor Mystery,” Office of Media Relations, Texas State University, May 28, 2010; David Dickinson, “Remembering the Great Meteor Procession of 1860,” Universe Today, July 20, 2013
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_41

Event 609 (F0B17B94)

Date: 8/2/1860
Locations: Norfolk, Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Description: 11:00 p.m. Another seeming procession of two meteors is observed in Norfolk, Virginia, moving with an undulating motion in the western sky in a northerly direction. One of the lights is clear red and the other is greenish, and they both emit flashes of light, leaving a sparkling trail. The phenomenon is also seen in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Some unnamed contemporary scientists compare it to the July 20 meteor procession.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Another Splendid Meteor,” Baltimore \(Md.) Sun, August 6, 1860, p. 1
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_42

Event 610 (68382493)

Date: 8/6/1860
Location: Norfolk, VA
Description: Two objects, one red and one green, flew overhead together, moving with an undulating motion. (NICAP UFO Evidence, 1964, Hall) (NICAP: 01 - Distant Encounters)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_0

Event 611 (63C78957)

Date: 8/6/1860
Description: Red objects with a green tint were seen flying in formation over Norfolk, Virginia, moving erratically with an "undulating motion, rising and subsiding."
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Baltimore Sun, August 6, 1860; Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr. & Harold H. Dennault, Jr., Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective, p. 71
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_4713

Event 612 (6306F5B3)

Date: 9/24/1860
Location: Nebraska City, USA
Description: After sunset, witnesses Joel Draper and Mr. Beebout observed three bright objects in apparent formation. The first object resembled a quarter of the sun's edge in size, color, brightness, and shape. Positioned to the right and slightly higher, the second object was about one-third the size of the first. A third object, also about one-third the size, appeared directly above the first. These objects moved rapidly southwards while maintaining their initial arrangement. The sky was clear with no clouds or vapors, ruling out the possibility of sun dogs or mock suns. The illumination caused by the objects made the surroundings as bright as ten to fifteen minutes before sunset.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_466

Event 613 (6DF2CCEC)

Date: 11/10/1860
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Description: Just before sunset, multiple witnesses observed three unidentified objects flying over the capital. Described as "the size of a balloon," one object moved swiftly in a southwesterly direction. Despite the strong daylight, the object had its own distinct and brilliant illumination. Witnesses learned that two similar objects had been sighted earlier. The object in question changed its course from southwest to a direct westward path, gradually and quickly fading from sight as it moved away from the observers.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_467


Year: 1861, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 614 (19AEC54B)

Date: 1861
Location: North Atlantic Ocean
Description: During a squall, three luminous bodies emerged from the North Atlantic Ocean and remained visible for at least ten minutes.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_468

Event 615 (F278A0B8)

Date: 3/19/1861
Location: MENDOZA, ARG AND AREA
Description: Round glowing-orbs all over. Huge quake kills thousands next day.
Type: sighting
Reference: BANCHS, Rodolfo: LAS EVIDENCIAS de los OVNI; Rudolfo Alonso Editor, Argentina. 1976 (Index 120)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_97

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Argentina", Credibility: "10", Duration: "5", Elev: "824", HatchDesc: "MENDOZA,ARG+AREA:ROUND GLO-ORBS ALL OVR:HUGE QUAKE KILLS 1000s NEXT DAY.", LatLong: "-32.883335 -68.816670", LatLongDMS: "32:53:00 S 68:49:00 W", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "MND", Strangeness: "6"

Event 616 (02D1CB29)

Date: 10/4/1861
Time: 18:00
Location: New York, USA
Description: Around 6 P.M., an enigmatic balloon carrying two men flew over the city at a significant altitude, traveling from west to east. Speculations arose among witnesses, suggesting that the balloon might be associated with traitors or a creation of Professor Lowe. However, both explanations were deemed impossible.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_469


Year: 1862, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 617 (024B24F4)

Date: 11/1862
Location: Morpeth, New South Wales
Description: Early morning. Magistrate Osman Edward Middleton hears a “peculiar rushing noise” at Morpeth, New South Wales, and looks up to see a dark object traveling rapidly toward the southeast. It appears to be revolving on its axis.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: [Letter], Sydney (N.S.W.) Morning Herald, November 20, 1866, p. 5; Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough, Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History, Anomalist, 2015, pp. 167–173
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_43


Year: 1863, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 618 (3A843E08)

Date: 8/12/1863
Time: 23:00?
Location: EAST / MADRID, SP
Description: Luminous object / horizon. Halo / top. Hovers then maneuvers / all directions. / Gaceta de Madrid.
Type: sighting
Reference: The APRO BULLETIN: Monthly. Jim & Coral Lorenzen: Tucson,AZ (USA. defunct) By volume and number. (Index 346)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_98

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Spain", Credibility: "8", Duration: "60", HatchDesc: "E/MADRID,SP:LUMn.OBJ/HRZN:HALO/TOP:HVRS then MNVRS/ALL DIRs:/Gaceta de Madrid", LatLong: "40.450002 -3.666667", LatLongDMS: "40:27:00 N 03:40:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "MDR", Strangeness: "4"

Event 619 (9F758836)

Date: 8/12/1863
Location: Madrid, Spain
Description: A luminous object resembling a comet was seen on the eastern horizon. It exhibited a reddish color and a blazing crown-like appendix on its upper part. Initially stationary, the object eventually started maneuvering rapidly in various directions, including horizontal movement, ascent, and descent. The idea that it was a comet was not a viable explanation for this phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_470


Year: 1864, 1 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 620 (60EFF1CC)

Date: 11/1/1864
Location: Florence, Italy
Description: A white fiery globe, significantly larger than the full moon, appeared nearly stationary in the air. The globe displayed shifting hues of orange and blue across its surface. After about a minute, it abruptly vanished on the spot. A smaller fiery orange ball was observed just below it right before its disappearance, sharing the same hue at that moment.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_471


Year: 1865, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 621 (FE887F16)

Date: 1865
Description: James Clerk Maxwell publishes “A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field” on electromagnetism. Maxwell derives an electromagnetic wave equation with a velocity for light in close agreement with measurements made by experiment, and deduces that light is an electromagnetic wave.
Type: scientific advance
Reference: Wikipedia
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_11

Event 622 (90D875C3)

Date: 1865
Locations: Baltimore; Moon
Description: French novelist Jules Verne publishes From the Earth to the Moon. It tells the story of the Baltimore Gun Club, a post–American Civil War society of weapons enthusiasts, and their attempts to build an enormous Columbiad space gun and launch three people—the Gun Club’s president, his Philadelphian armor-making rival, and a French poet—in a projectile with the goal of a lunar landing.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Wikipedia, “From the Earth to the MoonSource: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_44

Event 623 (B81CFAAE)

Date: 1865
Location: Cadotte Pass, 75-100 miles from the Great Falls of the Upper Missouri
Description: There are pre-1900 reports of crashed UFOs resembling spaceships rather than dirigibles. In an incident from 1865 in western Montana, a mountain man witnessed a bright, luminous body in the sky that exploded, followed by a heavy explosion and rushing sounds. The next day, he discovered a path of destruction with uprooted trees, and he found a large stone with compartments and hieroglyphics, suggesting a possible interaction with advanced beings. (Chapter 2, Ref 105)
Type: UFO sighting
Reference: It Didn't Start with Roswell, by Philip L. Rife, 2001
Source: Rife, ID: Rife_99

Event 624 (7DB759CC)

Date: 4/10/1865
Location: MOON
Description: Astronomer Ingall. Perfect point / Steller light / Mare Crisium! Also blots and lines.
Type: sighting
Reference: PINDEVIC, Thierry: Le NOEUD GORDIEN ou la FANTASTIQUE HISTOIRE des OVNI. Editions France-Empire, Paris 1979. (Index 51)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_99

Attributes: CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, NFO: No craft seen, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, SIG: Signals/responses to/from/between UFO's/occupants/observers, TCH: New technical details/clues, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "The Moon", Credibility: "7", Duration: "99", HatchDesc: "MOON:ASTRONOMER INGALL:PERFECT POINT/STELLER LITE/MARE CRISIUM!:+BLOTS+LINES", LatLong: "90.000004 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "90:00:00 N 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "MCR", Strangeness: "5"

Event 625 (86A95265)

Date: 12/1865
Locations: Durham, England; Whitburn; Tyne; Sunderland; Lizard Point
Description: The British Board of Trade asks Trinity House to investigate the “false lights” of the Durham, England, coast, mysterious revolving lights seen above a rocky headland at Whitburn by mariners negotiating a hazardous stretch of the northeast coast. Between 1860 and 1870, more than 150 ships are wrecked on the rocks near Whitburn after following a light or lights in the sky that they wrongly believe are from a lighthouse at the mouth of the Tyne. A commission led by Rear Admiral Richard Collinson meets in Sunderland on December 28 to interview witnesses and determine whether salvagers are responsible for the lights that are causing shipwrecks. Although the commission decides that the false lights are not deliberately lit, they are puzzled about the true cause. The lights and wrecks continue until January 1871 when the Souter Lighthouse is erected on Lizard Point.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:False Lights on the Durham Coast,” Newcastle Weekly Courant, January 12, 1866, p. 5; David Clarke, “Britain’s First X-File?” August 14, 2010; David Clarke, “The False Lights of Durham,” Fortean Times 266 (October 2010): 40–42; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 1, Anomalist, 2019, pp. 77–79
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_45


Year: 1866, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 626 (878CB96B)

Date: 5/4/1866
Location: MOON
Description: Linne crater changes black to white. Small well-defined dots appear there.
Type: sighting
Reference: LESLIE, Desmond & ADAMSKI,G: Flying Saucers Have Landed; British Book Center, NY 1956 (Index 126)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_100

Attributes: CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, MID: Likely mis-identification, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "The Moon", Credibility: "6", Duration: "10", HatchDesc: "MOON:LINNE CRATER CHANGES BLACK to WHT:SMALL WELL-DEFINED DOTS APPEAR THERE", LatLong: "90.000004 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "90:00:00 N 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "CLN", Strangeness: "4"

Event 627 (9B332CEC)

Date: 6/21/1866
Description: The US Hydrographic Office is established by Congress. It is assigned to the Navy Bureau of Navigation and collects reports from ships’ officers on observations of various marine phenomena, hazards, and other activities. Among the reports collected are meteors, ball lightning, and other celestial and meteorological phenomena.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Wikipedia, “United States Hydrographic OfficeSource: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_46


Year: 1867, 4 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 628 (5718FC55)

Date: 6/10/1867
Location: SULPICIUS GALLUS, MOON
Description: 3 black dots appear. Stay until 13 June when they vanish!
Type: sighting
Reference: LESLIE, Desmond & ADAMSKI,G: Flying Saucers Have Landed; British Book Center, NY 1956 (Index 126)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_101

Attributes: CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "The Moon", Credibility: "6", Duration: "204", HatchDesc: "SULPICIUS GALLUS,MOON:3 BLACK DOTS APPEAR:STAY UNTIL 13JUNE WHEN THEY VANISH!", LatLong: "90.000004 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "90:00:00 N 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "SLP", Strangeness: "9"

Event 629 (6DE1679B)

Date: 11/4/1867
Locations: Waterworks Reservoir; Chatham, England
Description: 3:00–4:00 p.m. James E. Beveridge is passing the mill by the Waterworks Reservoir in Chatham, England, when he and the miller see numerous black discs moving in the air to the west, some in groups, others scattered. They are visible for more than 20 minutes. In passing in front of the sun they appear like large cannon shot. Several groups pass over his head, disappearing suddenly, and leaving puffs of grayish brown smoke.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Three Strange Stories,” Symons’s Monthly Meteorological Magazine 2 (1867): 130
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_47

Event 630 (3E65F3E7)

Date: 11/4/1867
Description: In the middle of the afternoon a large number of black discs in groups and separately passed rapidly through the sky over Chatham, England. The procession continued for more than 20 minutes. Several groups passed silently overhead, then vanished leaving a brown, smoke-like vapor.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Jerome Clark, International UFO Reporter, Spring 2003, p. 20
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_7455

Event 631 (F97E409C)

Date: 12/1867
Time: 15:00
Location: Chatham, England
Description: On the afternoon of Monday, the 4th, between 3 and 4 PM, a remarkable event occurred. Witnesses, including James E. Beveridge, observed numerous black disks in groups and scattered formations moving swiftly through the sky. The miller who first noticed it compared the disks to balloons. The disks, resembling large cannon shots when passing in front of the sun, persisted for over 20 minutes. As they flew overhead, they emitted grayish-brown vapor reminiscent of smoke before disappearing.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_472


Year: 1868, 9 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 632 (1568CDAC)

Date: 3/15/1868
Time: 17:00
Location: COPIAPO CHILE
Description: Giant bird with scales. Metallic noise. Low altitude. No further details. / r8#001 / Charles Fort.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 16)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_102

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues, SND: UFO sounds heard or recorded, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Chile", Credibility: "7", Duration: "8", Elev: "381", HatchDesc: "COPIAPO CHILE:GIANT BIRD W/SCALES:MTLC NOISE:LOW ALTITUDE:NFD:/r8#001 /C.FORT", LatLong: "-27.366668 -70.333337", LatLongDMS: "27:22:00 S 70:20:00 W", Locale: "Desert", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Atacama", Strangeness: "6"

Event 633 (A20F263F)

Date: 6/8/1868
Location: Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford University, England
Description: 9:50 p.m. John Lucas Sr., an observer at Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford University, England, notices a comet- like object with a trail a bit west of Polaris. As he is pointing it out to some others, it begins moving west. It moves in a straight line at first, then moves south for a bit, then continues to the north. They watch it for 4 minutes until it disappears below the northwestern horizon.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Remarkable Meteor,” English Mechanic 7 \(July 10, 1868): 351
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_48

Event 634 (6ED643D0)

Date: 6/8/1868
Location: Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford, England
Description: Astronomers documented an unidentified luminous object at 9:50 P.M. The object displayed rapid movement across the sky, then halted and altered its course westward. Afterward, it changed direction again to the south, where it remained stationary for four minutes before proceeding northward.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_473

Event 635 (618BBEDD)

Date: 7/1868
Location: Copiago, Chile
Description: A strange "aerial construction" bearing lights and making engine noises flew low over this town. Local people also described it as a giant bird covered with large scales producing a metallic noise. (NICAP: 02 - Close Encounters)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_1

Event 636 (6E08DB82)

Date: 7/1868
Location: Copiago, Chile
Description: A strange "aerial construction" bearing lights and making engine noises flew low over this town. Local people also described it as a giant bird covered with large scales producing a metallic noise. Although not an actual landing, this is the first instance of close observation of an unknown object at low altitude in the nineteenth century.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Fort 638; Anatomy 11 (Vallee)
Source: ValléeMagonia, ID: Magonia_1

Event 637 (1506EDAF)

Date: 7/25/1868
Location: PARRAMATTA, AUST
Description: Dream? Flying head invites observer(s) / flying ark. See reference! / r174p23.
Type: sighting
Reference: UFO RESEARCH AUSTRALIA NEWSLETTER. (Details missing) (Index 821)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_103

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, MID: Likely mis-identification, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, FIG: Undefined or poorly seen figure/entity, MST: Missing time or time anomaly, ABD: Human or animal abduction, HUM: Humans affected: Injury/burns/marks/abduction/death, TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "Australia", Credibility: "5", Duration: "30", HatchDesc: "PARRAMATTA,AUST:DREAM?:FLYING HEAD INVITES OBS/FLYING ARK:see ref!:/r174p23", LatLong: "-33.816668 151.005563", LatLongDMS: "33:49:00 S 151:00:20 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "NSW", Strangeness: "10"

Event 638 (5156FA5C)

Date: 7/25/1868
Location: Parramatta, New South Wales
Description: Engineer Frederick William Birmingham of Parramatta, New South Wales, watches a bizarre procession of the faces of two prominent Australians (Archbishop of Sydney Frederic Barker and New South Wales Premier James Martin) through the air as well as a vessel he calls an “ark.” He hears a voice suggesting that “That’s a machine to go through the air.” The voice comes from a “spirit” whom he describes as “like a neutral tint shade and the shape of a man in his usual frock dress.” After the ark maneuvers for a while in the air, the spirit says, “Have you a desire or do you wish to enter upon it?” He is then lifted up and carried through the air into the object about 60 feet away. The spirit guides him into the “pilot house” of the machine where he is given some papers with formulas on them that will help him construct a flying machine. He observes another UFO-like craft on March 9, 1873, and later attempts to build a mechanical replica of what he has seen.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Bill Chalker, “The Mystery of a Machine to Go through the Air: A UFO Vision?” 1998; Clark III 60–65; “Did Frederick William Birmingham Build a Flying Machine Based on His Bizarre 1868 UFO ‘Vision’ in Parramatta, NSW, Australia?” TheOzFiles, November 30, 2013; Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough, Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History, Anomalist, 2015, pp. 185–190
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_49

Event 639 (AF0DA0B9)

Date: 7/25/1868
Location: Parramatta, NSW, Australia
Description: Mr. Frederick William Birmingham, an engineer, reported a sighting of a flying "Ark" resembling a vessel for air travel. While observing, he heard a voice confirming it was a machine for aerial travel. The machine performed maneuvers, including a curved descent. Birmingham described the machine's bottom, side, and front, noting its steel-blue color with fish-scale-like patterns. He experienced contact with a spirit who invited him aboard the machine. He entered a compartment with a table and was given papers with formulas. Subsequently, he encountered paranormal events like sky faces, poltergeist occurrences, and strange clouds.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_474

Event 640 (A9709D09)

Date: 11/14/1868
Time: 00:10
Location: MEDFORD, MA
Description: Astronomer Trouvelot. 5 hours / meteors. One / 90° turn. Some curve and reverse!
Type: sighting
Reference: Periodical: UFO HISTORICAL REVUE (UHR Qtrly) Barry Greenwood. Issue #6 Mar., 2000. POB 176, STONEHAM,MA 02180
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_104

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "USA", Credibility: "7", Duration: "44", Elev: "4", HatchDesc: "MEDFORD,MA:ASTRON.TROUVELOT:5 HRS/METEORS:ONE/90°TURN:SOME CURVE+REVERSE!", LatLong: "42.416669 -71.094448", LatLongDMS: "42:25:00 N 71:05:40 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Massachusetts", Strangeness: "5"


Year: 1869, 8 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 641 (4D007E1B)

Date: 1869
Location: Mars
Description: French poet and inventor Charles Cros is convinced that pinpoints of light observed on Mars and Venus are the lights of large cities on those planets. He spends years petitioning the French government to build a giant mirror to communicate with the Martians and Venusians by burning giant lines on the deserts of those planets.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Alissa Walker, “A French Inventor Once Proposed a Giant Mirror to Burn a Message on Mars,” Gizmodo, October 16, 2014
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_50

Event 642 (3AC3666A)

Date: 6/8/1869
Time: 02:30
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Description: Around 2:30 A.M., a large object emitting bright red light and resembling a circle of fire was observed in the western sky for approximately 30 minutes. The object periodically emitted rays resembling broom straws, with sparks akin to a Roman candle. This display alternated with a central ball of fire. Two witnesses, including the doorman of Pike's Opera House, observed the phenomenon descending behind Mount Davidson, with continuous blazing and sporadic fire jets until disappearing.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_475

Event 643 (F5C87461)

Date: 8/7/1869
Location: Adamstown, Pennsylvania
Description: 12:00 noon. Four or five witnesses watch a luminous object land in a vacant lot about 200 yards north of the village of Adamstown, Pennsylvania. It is originally square-shaped but shoots up into a column about 3–4 feet high and 2 feet thick. The object glitters like a “column of burnished silver.” It gradually fades away and disappears after 10 minutes. No unusual traces are found on the lot.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Singular Phenomenon,” Lancaster \(Pa.) Daily Evening Express, August 10, 1869, pp. 2–3
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_51

Event 644 (2CE99AC9)

Date: 8/7/1869
Location: St. Paul's Junction, Iowa
Description: About 4:45 p.m. During a total solar eclipse, four amateur observers in St. Paul’s Junction [possibly a railroad stop between Maynard and West Union], Iowa, both with and without instruments independently notice a bright object below the lunar disc and just outside the solar corona. There are no visible stars in that position in the sky.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Was It the Intra-Mercurial Planet?” Astronomical Register 7 \(1869\): 227–228; John Russell Hind, “Stellar Objects Seen during the Eclipse of 1869,” Nature 18 \(1878\): 663–664
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_52

Event 645 (D107C31D)

Date: 8/7/1869
Description: Around midday a luminous square body settled near the center of an empty lot in Adamstown, Pennsylvania in Lancaster county. It shot up a shiny column four feet high and two feet thick that glittered like burnished silver. It gradually faded away, and was gone in 10 minutes. It frightened the four witnesses, but left no traces.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Skylook, March 1972
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_4757

Event 646 (D372024F)

Date: 8/7/1869
Location: Adamstown, Pennsylvania
Description: Around noon, a luminous object described as square descended from the sky and transformed into a 3 to 4 feet tall, 2 feet thick column. The object had a reflective quality, resembling burnished silver, and landed in a dry, swampless area 200 yards north of the village. After 10 minutes, the object vanished. Despite witnesses gathering at the landing spot, no traces of the object's landing were found.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_476

Event 647 (2D513736)

Date: 8/7/1869
Location: Ottumwa, Iowa
Description: Approximately 25 minutes before a solar eclipse's totality, Professor Zentmayer, an astronomer, observed bright objects moving across the solar crescent from one cusp to the other. Each object took two seconds for the crossing, with clear, well-defined points indicating distance from the telescope. Similar objects were also reported by Professor Swift in Mattoon, Illinois, and by individuals in Shelbyville, Kentucky, observed by Alvan Clark Jr., George W. Dean, and Professor Winlock. The coordinated sightings across different locations ruled out the possibility of local insects or wind-carried seeds as explanations.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_477

Event 648 (E5944F02)

Date: 8/16/1869
Location: MARE CRISIUM, MOON
Description: Astronomers. Odd lights maneuver / changing patterns til March / 1870.
Type: sighting
Reference: KEHOE, Donald: The FLYING SAUCER CONSPIRACY; Henry Holt, NY 1955; HC (Index 73)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_105

Attributes: CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), SIG: Signals/responses to/from/between UFO's/occupants/observers, TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "The Moon", Credibility: "7", Duration: "3", HatchDesc: "MARE CRISIUM,MOON:ASTRONOMERS:ODD LITES MNVR/CHANGING PATTERNS TIL MAR/1870", LatLong: "90.000004 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "90:00:00 N 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "CPL", Strangeness: "5"


Year: 1870, 9 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 649 (E51201C4)

Date: Spring 1870
Location: Alen, Norway
Description: A flying object was observed in the sky by Lars Lillevold's grandmother. An occupant on the object gestured to her, beckoning for her attention.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_478

Event 650 (B71A8633)

Date: 3/22/1870
Location: SS / ATLANTIC
Description: Light grey saucer flies into wind / 30 minute(s). Hook-shape appendage / r221p15.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 16)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_106

Attributes: SEA: Observer(s) at sea, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, SUB: Submersible: Rises from or submerges into water, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Atlantic Ocean + islands", Credibility: "7", Duration: "35", Elev: "0", HatchDesc: "SS/ATLANTIC:LITE GREY SCR FLIES INTO WIND/30min:hook-shape appendage/r221p15", LatLong: "5.783334 -27.866668", LatLongDMS: "05:47:00 N 27:52:00 W", Locale: "High Seas", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "NAT", Strangeness: "6"

Event 651 (6D6E7E40)

Date: 3/22/1870
Locations: North Atlantic; 860 miles from the coast of West Africa
Description: 6:30 p.m. Capt. Frederick William Banner, master of the barque Lady of the Lake, is sailing in the North Atlantic 400 miles north of the Equator and 860 miles from the coast of West Africa when he sees a “curious- shaped” light-gray cloud in the south-southeast. It is circular, with four rays or arms extending from the center to the edge, and a curved tail. It is visible for about 50 minutes until it is too dark to see.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Frederick William Banner, “Extract from Log of Barque ‘Lady of the Lake,’” Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 1 \(1873\): 157; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 1, Anomalist, 2019, pp. 89– 109
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_53

Event 652 (91EFC94D)

Date: 3/22/1870
Description: At 6:30 p.m. in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Verde, the crew of the steamship Lady of the Lake sighted a gray object in the sky divide into four connected sections while it flew against the wind. Behind it trailed a long hook connected to the center of the UFO. It was visible for at least 30 minutes.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Gordon I. R. Lore and Harold H. Dennault, Jr., Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective, p. 46; Harold T. Wilkins, Flying Saucers on the Attack, p. 57; Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 11
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_1610

Event 653 (CD50B6EE)

Date: 3/22/1870
Time: 18:30
Location: Atlantic Ocean
Description: At 6:30 P.M., Captain Frederick William Banner and his crew on the American bark "Lady of the Lake" spotted an object while halfway between Senegal and Natal, Brazil. The object, observed in the south-southeast, appeared as a light gray circular cloud with a semicircle at the center and four arm-like extensions reaching from the center to the circle's edge. Additionally, a distinct fifth ray extended from the center beyond the circle. Moving to the northeast below the cloud cover, the object remained visible until 7:20 P.M., positioned about 30 degrees above the horizon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_479

Event 654 (39E94932)

Date: 4/5/1870
Time: 23:00
Location: GENT = GAND, BELGIUM
Description: Several / observer(s). Ring becomes wheel going [to] ovoid going [to] fish shape. Vibrant bright red and fast.
Type: sighting
Reference: The UFO REGISTER. CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK. (annual sightings catalog.) (Index 75)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_107

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "Belgium, Netherlandsand Luxembourg", Credibility: "8", Duration: "1", HatchDesc: "GENT=GAND,BELGIUM:SVRL/OBS:RING BECOMES WHEEL>OVOID>FISH SHAPE:VBRITE RED+FAST", LatLong: "51.200002 3.716667", LatLongDMS: "51:12:00 N 03:43:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Belgium", Strangeness: "6"

Event 655 (2D534E77)

Date: 8/15/1870
Time: 20:45
Location: Dunbar, Scotland
Description: At around 8:45 P.M., a bright sparkling ball of light with a blue tinge appeared approximately 45 degrees above the northern horizon. The ball emitted a tail of the same bright color, extending towards the north-east. The object initially appeared motionless but later exhibited a second tail branching off at a 45-degree angle, creating a forked appearance. This secondary tail intermittently disappeared and reappeared. Lasting about 20 minutes, the phenomenon eventually moved slowly in a south-westerly direction. Despite its striking display, no noise or explosion accompanied its passage, drawing significant attention and excitement from nearby villagers.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_480

Event 656 (83ED5B84)

Date: 9/26/1870
Locations: Berlin, Germany; Eiswerder island
Description: A luminous object with a tail is seen in the constellation Lyra by Reginald Brabazon, 12th Earl of Meath, second secretary of the British legation to the North German Confederation, in Berlin, Germany. Possibly a light pillar reflection caused by a bright arc-light source at a military installation on Eiswerder island.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Brabazon, “A Meteor,” London Times, September 30, 1870, p. 9; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 1, Anomalist, 2019, pp. 111–116
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_54

Event 657 (797A3502)

Date: 9/26/1870
Time: 12:15
Location: Berlin, Germany
Description: At 12:15 AM, an observer using a 4.5-inch achromatic telescope with a power of 46 noticed a luminous object with a comet-like tail moving slowly across the field of view. The object seemed to originate from Vega and move towards Epsilon Lyrae. The transit took around 30 seconds, and just before reaching the edge of the observer's view, the object vanished suddenly. While the observer initially considered it a falling star, the prolonged visibility in the telescope suggested otherwise.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_481


Year: 1871, 6 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 658 (A297FBE9)

Date: 1871
Description: English astronomer Richard A. Proctor writes Other Worlds Than Ours, in which he discusses the question of the plurality of worlds in the light of new facts. He suspects that Venus is likely the “abode of living creatures not unlike the inhabitants of earth.”
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Richard A. Proctor, Other Worlds Than Ours, Appleton, 1871
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_55

Event 659 (9A7D3C4D)

Date: 8/1/1871
Time: 10:40
Location: MARSEILLE, FR
Description: Meteor going quickly / 20 minute(s). Several stops and 90° turns. Drops going [to] horizon. / Nature Oct. '1871.
Type: sighting
Reference: MUFON UFO JOURNAL, Seguin, TX USA. Monthly. (Index 190)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_108

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, NWS: News media report, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "11", Duration: "20", HatchDesc: "MARSEILLE,FR:METEOR>>/20min:SVRL STOPS+90°TURNS:DROPS>HRZN:/NATURE OCT1871", LatLong: "43.250002 5.383334", LatLongDMS: "43:15:00 N 05:23:00 E", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Bouches-du-Rhône", Strangeness: "5"

Event 660 (B2812806)

Date: 8/1/1871
Location: Marseille Observatory, France
Description: 10:43 p.m. Astronomer Jérôme Eugène Coggia at Marseille Observatory, France, watches a slow, blood-red fireball move across the sky and change course twice before falling to the earth. He sees it for 20 minutes and 20 seconds. Possible earth-grazing meteor or a candle balloon.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Jérome Eugène Coggia, “Observation d’un bolide, faite à Observatoire de Marseille le 1er août,” Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l’Académie des Sciences 73 (1871): 397–399; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 1, Anomalist, 2019, pp. 117–119
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_56

Event 661 (590BCA8C)

Date: 8/2/1871
Time: 22:43
Location: Marseille, France
Description: Camille Flammarion reports an observation by Mr. Coggia, who discovered a comet. At 10:43 P.M., Mr. Coggia witnessed a long-lasting "bolide" that differed from traditional meteors due to its slow progression across the sky. Described as a "magnificent red object," it moved eastward for an extensive nine-minute duration. After a pause, it changed direction, moving north, and became stationary at 10:59. Resuming its eastward course, the object eventually disappeared from sight at 11:03 P.M.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_482

Event 662 (CB112C65)

Date: 8/29/1871
Location: MEUDON, FR
Description: Astronomer Trouvelot. Several orbs and triangles. 1 / dead leaf drop. / r221p15.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 17)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_109

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "10", Duration: "20", HatchDesc: "MEUDON,FR:ASTRONOMER TROUVELOT:SVRL ORBS+TRIANGLES:1/DEAD LEAF DROP:/r221p15", LatLong: "48.800002 2.233333", LatLongDMS: "48:48:00 N 02:14:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "HDS", Strangeness: "6"

Event 663 (27DB0EDC)

Date: 10/4/1871
Time: 03:20
Location: HIGH WYCOMB, BUCKS
Description: Night lights. Box found / leaves. Sprouts eyes and probes. Catches rat! References.
Type: sighting
Reference: BLUNDELL, Nigel & BOAR, Roger: The WORLDS GREATEST UFO MYSTERIES; Octopus, London 1989 & PB/Berkley Books, NY 1990 (Index 92)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_110

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, RBT: Possible robot or "Grey", mechanical motions, OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, SMP: Sampling of plant/animal/soil/tissue/specimens, VEG: Plants affected or sampled/crop circles, ANI: Animals affected or injuries/marks, HUM: Humans affected: Injury/burns/marks/abduction/death, TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "4", Duration: "44", HatchDesc: "HIGH WYCOMB,BUCKS:NLTS:BOX FOUND/LEAVES:SPROUTS EYES+PROBES:CATCHES RAT!:REFS.", LatLong: "51.611114 -0.744444", LatLongDMS: "51:36:40 N 00:44:40 W", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "12"


Year: 1872, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 664 (7D518EA2)

Date: 8/31/1872
Location: Rome, Italy
Description: Camille Flammarion, a French astronomer and author, records an observation of a slow-moving object in the sky. The object's trajectory was distinct from that of a meteor, indicating that it was not a typical meteoric event.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_483

Event 665 (F86ED0C7)

Date: 12/7/1872
Time: 01:00
Location: BANBURY, ENG
Description: 'Haystack' going [to] high and low. Wrecks trees and walls. Smoke and flame. Vanishes. / r221p15.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: PASSPORT TO MAGONIA; H. Regnery, Chicago HC 1969 & Contemporary Books,Chicago 1993. 372pp. (Index 2)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_111

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), DRT: Dirt/soil traces/marks/footprints etc., VEG: Plants affected or sampled/crop circles, BLD: Building/man-made structure/roads/power lines, LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground, TRC: Physical traces, ODR: Odors associated with UFO's, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "7", Duration: "10", Elev: "102", HatchDesc: "BANBURY,ENG:'HAYSTACK' >HI+LO:WRECKS TREES+WALLS:SMOKE+FLAME:VANISHES:/r221p15", LatLong: "52.066669 -1.333333", LatLongDMS: "52:04:00 N 01:20:00 W", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", RelAlt: "2", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "8"

Event 666 (66E54AC4)

Date: 12/7/1872
Location: Banbury, UK
Description: 1:00 a.m. At King's Sutton an object resembling a haystack flew on an irregular course. Sometimes high, sometimes very low it was accompanied by fire and dense smoke. It produced the same effect as a tornado, felling trees and walls. (NICAP: 02 - Close Encounters)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_2

Event 667 (2CACBE98)

Date: 12/7/1872
Time: 0100 hours
Location: Banbury, Great Britain
Description: At King's Sutton an object resembling a haystack flew on an irregular course. Sometimes high, sometimes very low it was accompanied by fire and dense smoke. It produced the same effect as a tornado, felling trees and walls. It suddenly vanished.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Fort 189 (Vallee)
Source: ValléeMagonia, ID: Magonia_2

Event 668 (3F71A602)

Date: 12/7/1872
Description: At King's Sutton in Banbury, England an object resembling a haystack flew on an irregular course at one o'clock in the morning. Sometimes flying very high, sometimes very low, it was accompanied by fire and dense smoke. It produced much the same effect as a tornado, felling trees and walls. It vanished suddenly.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, case 2
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_8250


Year: 1873, 8 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 669 (DB79C03A)

Date: 1873
Description: Maxwell published A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism as a summary of his work on electromagnetism
Type: scientific advance
Reference: Wikipedia
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_12

Event 670 (DE85F056)

Date: 1873
Locations: Wellesley, Massachusetts; Mars
Description: English-American geologist and psychometrist William Denton of Wellesley, Massachusetts, publishes volume 3 of The Soul of Things, in which he describes his astral visit to Mars along with his sister Anna Cridge and wife Elizabeth. He finds it harbors a thriving civilization with a technology based on aluminum. He reports that they soar above traffic on their individual fly-cycles and seem particularly fond of air travel, with as many as 30 Martians occupying some of the large flying conveyances.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: William Denton, Soul of Things, Wellesley, Mass.: Elizabeth M. F. Denton, 1873, vol. 3, pp. 171–267
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_57

Event 671 (B28CEEC8)

Date: 3/9/1873
Time: 19:00
Location: PARRAMATTA, NSW
Description: 3 brown colored clouds. Large object extends screws going down. Saucer appears between screws.
Type: sighting
Reference: UFO RESEARCH AUSTRALIA NEWSLETTER. (Details missing) (Index 821)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_112

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "Australia", Credibility: "6", Duration: "10", HatchDesc: "PARRAMATTA,NSW:3 BRN CLOUDS:LRG OBJ EXTENDS SCREWS↓:SCR APPEARS BETWEEN SCREWS", LatLong: "-33.833335 151.000007", LatLongDMS: "33:50:00 S 151:00:00 E", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "NSW", Strangeness: "6"

Event 672 (E199A459)

Date: Late 3/1873
Locations: Taylorsville (now Philo); Bristol Township; Lawrence Road; New York Herald
Description: Evening. Thomas Inman and his son are traveling home from the village of Taylorsville [now Philo], Ohio, and are possibly in Bristol Township when they see a bright light descending swiftly with a roaring noise. It strikes a short distance in the road [probably Lawrence Road] ahead of them, flickers and flares, then fades. A man dressed in a suit of black carrying a lantern emerges from the object. He walks a few paces and steps into a buggy, which Inman has not noticed before. The buggy begins to move silently and quickly, even though there is no horse attached to it, until it reaches a deep gully, into which it plunges and disappears. Historian William Alexander Taylor, who supplies the story to the New York Herald, vouches for the witnesses.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Very Like a Whale,” New York Herald, April 8, 1873, p. 7; Clark III 1123–1124; Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough, Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History, Anomalist, 2015, pp. 175–191
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_58

Event 673 (EA87071E)

Date: 6/2/1873
Location: Paris, France
Description: Astronomers from the Paris Observatory witnessed three round objects in the sky. These objects were seen moving slowly at an estimated altitude of 80 kilometers, and they left no visible trails behind them.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_484

Event 674 (DED81A8B)

Date: 8/30/1873
Time: 20:00
Location: Brussels and Ste-Gudule, Belgium
Description: Approximate date. At 8 P.M., an object resembling a star emerged above the horizon in a clear sky. The object exhibited a starlike appearance and gradually ascended for two minutes before abruptly vanishing.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_485

Event 675 (47388E27)

Date: 9/10/1873
Location: NEAR CLERMONT-FERRAND, FR
Description: 3cm stones fall very slowly. Normal fall rate on rebound.
Type: sighting
Reference: WILKINS, Harold T.: FLYING SAUCERS UNCENSORED; Citadel 1955 & Pyramid Books, NY PB 1967. (Index 89)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_113

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), DRT: Dirt/soil traces/marks/footprints etc., BLD: Building/man-made structure/roads/power lines, LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground, TCH: New technical details/clues, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "6", Duration: "10", HatchDesc: "nr CLERMONT-FERRAND,FR:3cm STONES FALL VERY SLOWLY:NORMAL FALL RATE ON REBOUND", LatLong: "45.766669 3.083333", LatLongDMS: "45:46:00 N 03:05:00 E", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Puy-de-Dôme", Strangeness: "6"

Event 676 (B78BA89A)

Date: 11/30/1873
Location: Poissy, France
Description: Multiple observers witnessed a maneuvering object with a red color akin to Mars. The object's presence persisted for about 10 minutes. Initially sighted in the North above the Big Dipper, it then approached the star 'gamma' without making contact, followed by a series of curved movements before disappearing in the western sky. Camille Flammarion and Mr. Vinot, the editor of Journal du Ciel, conducted inquiries that corroborated the reported sighting.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_486


Year: 1874, 6 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 677 (8DB93F49)

Date: 4/24/1874 (approximate)
Location: PRAGUE, CZ
Description: Astronomer Schafarick. Vibrant bright slow white object crosses moons face going [to] space.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 17)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_114

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Czech and Slovak Republics", Credibility: "8", Duration: "10", HatchDesc: "PRAGUE,CZ:ASTRONOMER SCHAFARICK:VBRITE SLOW WHT OBJ CROSSES MOONS FACE >SPACE", LatLong: "50.083336 14.433334", LatLongDMS: "50:05:00 N 14:26:00 E", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "LUN", Strangeness: "5"

Event 678 (EA0D0855)

Date: 4/24/1874
Locations: Prague; Czech Republic
Description: 3:30 p.m. Chemist and astronomer Vojtěch Šafařík of Prague [now in the Czech Republic] sees “an object of so peculiar a character that I do not know what to make of it.” It is a dazzling white object slowly crossing the moon. He first sees it in front of the moon, then watches it against the “deep blue sky like Sirius or Vega in daylight.”
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Vojtěch Šafařík, “Telescopic Meteors,” Astronomical Register 23 \(1885\): 205–211
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_59

Event 679 (B4A319FE)

Date: 4/24/1874
Location: Prague, Czechoslovakia
Description: Professor Schafarik observed a dazzling white object in front of the three-quarter moon around 3:30 in the afternoon. Using a 4-inch achromatic telescope with a power of 66, he noticed the object while the sun was shining brightly. The object appeared as a bright white star on the moon's disc and moved slowly from E.S.E. to W.N.W. Once it left the moon's bright disc, it continued to shine in the deep blue sky, resembling prominent stars like Sirius or Vega during daylight. The object had a sharp appearance without a noticeable diameter. Professor Schafarik expressed uncertainty about the nature of the object.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_487

Event 680 (2893FA31)

Date: 7/6/1874
Location: OAXACA, MEXICO
Description: 130M spiral 'trumpet'. 60M bell hangs going down. Floats 5 minute(s) and vanishes.
Type: sighting
Reference: The UFO REGISTER. CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK. (annual sightings catalog.) (Index 76)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_115

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, MID: Likely mis-identification, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "Mexico", Credibility: "9", Duration: "5", Elev: "1552", HatchDesc: "OAXACA,MEX:130M SPIRAL 'TRUMPET':60M BELL HANGS ↓:FLOATS 5min+VANISHES", LatLong: "17.050001 -96.700005", LatLongDMS: "17:03:00 N 96:42:00 W", Locale: "Mountains", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "OAX", Strangeness: "4"

Event 681 (AB860558)

Date: 7/6/1874
Description: In Oaxaca, Mexico a 130-meter long spiral-shaped "trumpet" and a 60-meter diameter bell hovered and floated in the sky for five minutes and then vanished.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Charles Fort, Book of the Damned, p. 275
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_3854

Event 682 (BEEFC721)

Date: 8/13/1874
Locations: Pascagoula, Mississippi; Gulf of Mexico
Description: 11:00 p.m. A large, “luminous electric cloud” flies over the western edge of Pascagoula, Mississippi, from the northwest to the southeast. It illuminates the ground and emits heat so intense that some witnesses think their houses are about to ignite. When last seen over the Gulf of Mexico, it renders the spars and rigging of a ship “distinctly visible.”
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Singular Phenomenon,” Pascagoula \(Miss.) Star, August 22, 1874, p. 2
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_60


Year: 1875, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 683 (A91DB11C)

Date: 2/17/1875
Location: Pwllhi, Caernarvonshire, Wales
Description: Eight lights were observed moving erratically with variations in color and brightness. Witnesses reported the lights changing from light blue to bright carriage lamp-like light and even resembling electric lights. The lights moved in horizontal, perpendicular, and zigzag patterns at an estimated distance of 8 miles. The lights intermittently dimmed and reappeared over a short span of time.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_488

Event 684 (C9BC89D7)

Date: 4/15/1875 (approximate)
Location: GMX NEAR VERACRUZ, MX
Description: Sea Captain. Luminous straight lines appear / sea surface.
Type: sighting
Reference: SANDERSON, Ivan: INVISIBLE RESIDENTS; World Publishing HB 1970 & Avon Books PB 1973 (Index 97)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_116

Attributes: CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, SEA: Observer(s) at sea, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, SUB: Submersible: Rises from or submerges into water, NFO: No craft seen, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "Mexico", Credibility: "7", Duration: "20", Elev: "0", HatchDesc: "GMX nr VERACRUZ,MX:SEA CAPTAIN:LUMINOUS STRAIGHT LINES APPEAR/SEA SURFACE ", LatLong: "19.250001 -95.916671", LatLongDMS: "19:15:00 N 95:55:00 W", Locale: "Offshore", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "GMX", Strangeness: "4"


Year: 1876, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 685 (F08F31CB)

Date: 1/12/1876
Location: Sheridan, Pennsylvania
Description: A man riding home on horseback encountered a bright light on a creek bank, initially intense but diminishing as it seemed to move away. The witness urged his horse forward and saw the light again in a field, accompanied by a white-clothed human-like figure gliding along the ground. When the figure approached within 100 yards, the horse bolted forward, nearly unseating the witness.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_489

Event 686 (88F72A3B)

Date: 4/4/1876
Location: Peckleloh, Germany
Description: Mr. Weber from Berlin reported observing a potential intra-mercurial planetoid around 4:25 AM Berlin Mean Time. The sighting was communicated to astronomer Le Verrier by Astronomer Wolf in August 1876.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_490

Event 687 (7E0128F3)

Date: 12/21/1876
Locations: Topeka, Kansas; western Pennsylvania; Columbus, Ohio; Rochester, Indiana
Description: 8:30–8:45 p.m. A bright bolide that explodes and breaks up into a group of 20–100 smaller balls is seen over a wide swath of the US from Topeka, Kansas, to western Pennsylvania. Over Columbus, Ohio, it is described as “a cluster or flock of meteors seemingly huddled together, like a flock of wild geese, and moving with the same velocity and grace of regularity. The color of their light was a yellowish red, like red rocket-balls.” A stony chondrite falls 3 miles northwest of Rochester, Indiana, at the same time.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: James Glaisher, et al., “Report on Observations of Luminous Meteors during the Year 1876–77,” Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science 47 (1877): 98, 149–152; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 1, Anomalist, 2019, pp. 144–145
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_61


Year: 1877, 6 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 688 (E05FA626)

Date: 1877
Location: Unknown City, UK
Description: Three meteor-like objects moving together with "remarkable slowness" flew across the sky, visible about three minutes, "moving with the same velocity and grade of regularity. (NICAP: 01 - Distant Encounters)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_3

Event 689 (F5574BAB)

Date: 3/17/1877
Location: Gunnersbury, England
Description: A sizeable red "star" was observed around 8:55 PM in the Serpens constellation. Its brightness exceeded that of Arcturus. Over a span of at least 10 minutes, the object alternated between increasing and diminishing in magnitude, appearing to flash, before ultimately vanishing.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_491

Event 690 (C97E2505)

Date: 3/23/1877
Location: Vence, France
Description: Dazzlingly bright balls of fire, described as luminous, emerged from a cloud-like formation with a diameter of about one degree. These lights moved at a relatively slow pace and remained visible for over an hour as they moved northward.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_492

Event 691 (B0EE66C8)

Date: 5/15/1877?
Location: ALDERSHOT, HAMPS
Description: Helmeted figure floats over guards who shoot. Stunned / beam. / r221p15.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: PASSPORT TO MAGONIA; H. Regnery, Chicago HC 1969 & Contemporary Books,Chicago 1993. 372pp. (Index 3)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_117

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NFO: No craft seen, OID: Humanoid: Small alien or "Grey", PSH: Pseudo-human: Clone/organic robot/human-like, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground, TRC: Physical traces, INJ: Injuries, illness/death, mutilations

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "8", Duration: "5", HatchDesc: "ALDERSHOT,HAMPs:HELMETED FIG.FLOATS OVR GUARDS WHO SHOOT:STUNNED/BEAM:/r221p15", LatLong: "51.250002 -0.750000", LatLongDMS: "51:15:00 N 00:45:00 W", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", RelAlt: "2", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "8"

Event 692 (EA2CB78A)

Date: 9/7/1877
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Description: Mr. John Graham observed a sequence of five stationary luminous objects in the sky. The first object, located between the constellations Aquila and Anser et Vulpecula, increased in brightness before disappearing slightly to the east of its initial position. Following this, three more objects appeared and vanished at the same spot, except for one that disappeared west of the radiant. After a short interval, a fifth similar meteor appeared in the same location. These meteors resembled first-magnitude stars. An explanation for this observation could be an improbable succession of identical meteorites falling directly towards the observer's direction over several minutes.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_493

Event 693 (76CD15A3)

Date: 10/1877
Locations: Brera Observatory; Milan, Italy
Description: Astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli reports seeing canali on the Martian surface from Brera Observatory in Milan, Italy, during the Great Opposition. While the term “canals” indicates an artificial construction, its proper translation as “channels” implies that the observed features are natural configurations of the planetary surface. From the incorrect translation into the term “canals,” various assumptions are made about life on Mars; as these assumptions are popularized, the canals become famous, giving rise to waves of hypotheses, speculation, and fiction about the possibility of intelligent life on Mars—the Martians.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Wikipedia, “Martian canalSource: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_62


Year: 1878, 9 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 694 (7E51724B)

Date: 1/22/1878
Location: 6 miles north of Dallas, Texas
Description: John Martin is out hunting near his ranch 6 miles north of Dallas, Texas, when he notices a dark object high in the southern sky. It is so bright it hurts his eyes as it moves with great speed to directly over his head. The object is “about the size of a large saucer” and looks like a large balloon. It speeds away rapidly.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:A Strange Phenomena,” Dallas Daily Herald, January 23, 1878, p. 4; Patrick Gross, “The First Publicized Flying ‘Saucer’ Report?”; “Dallas 1878,” Texas UFO Museum and Research Library, February 5, 2014
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_63

Event 695 (9C946F07)

Date: 1/22/1878
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Description: Mr. John Martin, a farmer, spotted a dark object in the northern sky while hunting. The object, initially the size of an orange, rapidly grew larger as it approached with remarkable speed. Passing directly overhead, Martin likened its appearance to a large saucer. This early use of the term "saucer" for unidentified flying objects has sparked debates among researchers. Notably, the term likely referred to the object's size, similar to how "saucer" was used by Kenneth Arnold in 1947 to describe the motion of crescent-shaped objects. The possibility that Martin observed a balloon also warrants consideration.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_494

Event 696 (38B92D2C)

Date: 1/24/1878
Time: ~08:00
Location: SOUTH / DENISON, TX
Description: Farmer J. Martin. Flying saucer / wonderful speed. Longitude & latitude coords. approximate. / r204p134.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 1)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_118

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "USA", Credibility: "8", Duration: "2", Elev: "235", HatchDesc: "S/DENISON,TX:FARMER J.MARTIN:FLYING SAUCER/WONDERFUL SPEED:LL APRX:/r204p134.", LatLong: "33.750002 -96.550005", LatLongDMS: "33:45:00 N 96:33:00 W", Locale: "Farmlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Texas", Strangeness: "6"

Event 697 (F9A5FED9)

Date: 2/1/1878
Location: Osceola Township, Iowa, USA
Description: A newspaper reported a peculiar incident where a young man observed a large, intensely bright light moving along a road. The light approached him rapidly and stopped when it reached a point opposite him. After a brief pause, the light ascended and then descended back toward the observer. Perplexed by the sight, the man returned to a nearby house for safety. The light followed him to the house, and when he shared his experience with two men there, they ventured out, but the light vanished. It reappeared suddenly, seen by all three, and this time it moved in different directions at varying distances. Others in the neighborhood also witnessed the unexplainable phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_495

Event 698 (FA361EDE)

Date: 7/29/1878
Locations: Ann Arbor (Mich.); Separation, Wyoming; Rochester, New York; Denver, Colorado
Description: About 12:30 p.m. Astronomers James Craig Watson, director of the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Observatory, and Lewis Swift, an amateur from Rochester, New York, both claim to see a planet-like object close to the Sun during the total solar eclipse. Watson, observing from Separation, Wyoming, places the object about 2.5° southwest of the Sun and estimates its magnitude at 4.5. Swift, observing from a location near Denver, Colorado, sees what he takes to be an intra-mercurial planet about 3° southwest of the Sun. He estimates its brightness to be the same as that of Theta Cancri, a fifth-magnitude star which is also visible during totality, about six or seven minutes from the object. Both Watson and Swift describe the object as red in color. Watson says it has a definite disc, unlike stars, which appear as shimmering pinpoints of light.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: James C. Watson, “On the Discovery of an Intra-Mercurial Planet,” American Journal of Science, ser. 3, 16 (1878): 230–233; Lewis Swift, “Letter from Mr. Lewis Swift, Relating to the Discovery of Intra-Mercurial Planets,” American Journal of Science, ser. 3, 16 (1878): 313–315; Richard Baum and William Sheehan, In Search of Planet Vulcan: The Ghost in Newton’s Clockwork Universe, Plenum, 1997, pp. 185–223
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_64

Event 699 (090B2CDB)

Date: 7/29/1878
Location: Rawlins, Wyoming, USA
Description: During a total eclipse, Professor Watson observed a shining object located a significant distance from the sun. Professor Swift of Denver, Colorado, also confirmed this observation. Astronomer Lockyer remarked that the discovery strongly suggested the identification of an intra-Mercurial planet by Professor Watson.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_496

Event 700 (7631B476)

Date: 7/30/1878
Time: 13:00?
Location: EDWARDSVILLE, KS
Description: Railroad/railway crew. 'Train' nears. Steam and lights. Jumps track and enters woods!
Type: sighting
Reference: The UFO REGISTER. CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK. (annual sightings catalog.) (Index 77)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_119

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), NWS: News media report, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), TCH: New technical details/clues, CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "USA", Credibility: "6", Duration: "5", Elev: "259", HatchDesc: "EDWARDSVILLE,KS:RR CREW:'TRAIN' NEARS:STEAM+LITES:JUMPS TRACK+ENTERS WOODS!", LatLong: "39.061113 -94.822227", LatLongDMS: "39:03:40 N 94:49:20 W", Locale: "Pasture", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Kansas", Strangeness: "9"

Event 701 (B64547A3)

Date: 7/30/1878
Location: Edwardsville, Kansas, USA
Description: Mr. Timmons, a reliable farmer, recounts a remarkable incident involving section men from the K. P. railroad. Anticipating a storm, they sped towards Edwardsville on a hand-car when they spotted what seemed to be an approaching locomotive. Realizing it wasn't, they quickly removed the car from the track. The mysterious object emitted dense smoke with occasional flashes resembling a headlight within the smoke. It traveled about three-fourths of a mile along the track, circled a pile of cordwood, and then veered off in a southwesterly direction through dense woods. The duration of the phenomenon, although unusual, could possibly be attributed to globular lightning guided by the train tracks.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_497

Event 702 (8CE7D384)

Date: 8/11/1878
Location: McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA
Description: Amateur astronomers Mr. Gemill and Mr. Wampler, using a 5-inch telescope, observed an unusual dark spherical object on the eastern edge of Jupiter's disc. Moving westward above the northern belt and parallel to the planet's equator, it exited the disc at 1:24 AM on 12 August, completing the crossing in 3 hours and 19 minutes. The object, larger than any of Jupiter's known satellites, displayed a sharp and intense black appearance. Notably, it couldn't have been one of the four known satellites or their shadows, as those were all visible throughout the observation period.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_498


Year: 1879, 8 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 703 (51D71FA5)

Date: 3/14/1879
End date: 4/18/1955
Description: Albert Einstein (1897-1955), born in Ulm, Germany, was a theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (the other being quantum mechanics). He's best known for his equation, E=mc^2, which describes the relationship between energy and mass. Over his lifetime, Einstein's groundbreaking work earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 and solidified his legacy as one of the most influential scientists of all time.
Type: scientist
Reference: Wikipedia
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_13

Attributes: Einstein

Event 704 (02EA0236)

Date: 4/12/1879
Location: Manhattanville, New York, USA
Description: Mr. Henry Harrison, while searching for Brorsen's comet, spotted a swiftly moving object that didn't match the characteristics of a comet. Confirming the observation with his friend Mr. J. Spencer Devoe, they both noticed the object's rapid motion. The object remained visible until 2 AM. Mr. Harrison emphasized technical details and disclaimed any sensationalism in reporting the phenomenon.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_499

Event 705 (2C206743)

Date: 4/13/1879
Time: 20:30
Location: LOCATION UNKNOWN
Description: Astronomer Harrison. Inexplicable object maneuvers 3.5 hours. Very bright.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLAMMONDE, Paris: UFO EXIST!; Ballentine Books, NY 1976. PB 480pp. (Index 68)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_120

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Earth Orbit or seen from space stations/capsules", Credibility: "8", Duration: "210", HatchDesc: "LOC UNK:ASTRONOMER HARRISON:INEXPLICABLE OBJ MNVRS 3.5 hrs:VERY BRIGHT", LatLong: "90.000004 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "90:00:00 N 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Unknown", Strangeness: "6"

Event 706 (C40DCCD6)

Date: 5/15/1879
Time: 21:40
Location: SS VULTUR / PERSIAN GULF
Description: 2 40M luminous/glowing wheels spin and descend slow. Back / 1880. / r2p17.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 40)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_121

Attributes: SEA: Observer(s) at sea, MIL: Observer(s) military, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, SUB: Submersible: Rises from or submerges into water, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Arabian Peninsula", Credibility: "9", Duration: "35", Elev: "0", HatchDesc: "SS VULTUR/PERSIAN GULF:2 40M LUMn WHEELS SPIN+DESCEND SLOW:back/1880:/r2p17", LatLong: "26.433335 53.183336", LatLongDMS: "26:26:00 N 53:11:00 E", Locale: "Offshore", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "PGF", Strangeness: "6"

Event 707 (2C56EC87)

Date: 5/15/1879
Location: At sea, Persian Gulf
Description: 9:40 p.m. Two very large "wheels" were seen spinning in the air and slowly coming to the surface of the sea. (NICAP: 02 - Close Encounters)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_4

Event 708 (F6B8D03E)

Date: 5/15/1879
Time: 2140
Location: Persian Gulf
Description: Two very large "wheels" were seen spinning in the air and slowly coming to the surface of the sea. Estimated diameter: 40 m. Distance between the objects: 150 m. Speed: 80 km/h/ Duration: 35 min. Witnesses aboard the ship "Vultur"
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Round up 17; Anatomy 12 (Vallee)
Source: ValléeMagonia, ID: Magonia_4

Event 709 (748493D4)

Date: 5/15/1879
Description: Witnesses aboard the ship "Vultur" in the Persian Gulf saw two very large "wheels" spinning in the air at 9:40 p.m. They watched them slowly descend to the surface of the ocean. Their estimated diameter was 40 meters, with a distance between the objects of 150 meters. They moved at an estimated speed of 80 kmph. The sighting lasted 35 minutes.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 180, case 4; Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomena, p. 12; Ivan T. Sanderson, Invisible Residents, p. 111
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_2847

Event 710 (1E9C4304)

Date: 10/10/1879
Location: Dubuque, Iowa, USA
Description: Early morning observers were surprised by the sight of a large balloon-like object passing over the city, visible for an hour. Multiple people in different parts of the city witnessed the phenomenon. The object moved in a southwesterly direction and eventually disappeared on the horizon. Notably, Thomas Lloyd, an employee of the Times, observed the balloon from the southeast as it slowly rose and fell while heading south. Although a real balloon ("Pathfinder") had recently taken off from Missouri, it had already crashed into Lake Michigan, making it unlikely to be the cause of this sighting. This event marked one of the last in a series of U.S. sightings, culminating with the unexplained sighting of an "airship" hovering slowly over the city.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times, by Jacques Vallée and Chris Aubeck, 2009
Source: WondersInTheSky, ID: WondersInTheSky_500


Year: 1880, 21 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 711 (0146B0C4)

Date: 1880's
Location: American West
Description: In the 1880s, an incident in the American West involved a man who encountered a ball-shaped UFO landing on a mountain. Despite his fear, he approached the craft and observed a large silver hall with a retractable lid. From inside emerged two shorter, attractive beings—identified as a man and a woman—who attempted to communicate with him but failed due to language barriers. The beings returned to the craft, closed the lid, and the UFO ascended into the sky and disappeared. (Chapter 2, Ref 93)
Type: UFO sighting
Reference: It Didn't Start with Roswell, by Philip L. Rife, 2001
Source: Rife, ID: Rife_87

Event 712 (2725F311)

Date: 1880
Location: Aldershot, UK
Description: A strange being dressed in tight-fitting clothes and shining helmet soared over the heads of two sentries, who fired without result. The apparition stunned them with something described as "blue fire." (NICAP: 07 - Entity Cases)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_5

Event 713 (D436D6F3)

Date: 1880
Location: Eastern area, Venezuela
Description: A 14-year-old boy saw a luminous ball descending from the sky and hovering near him. He felt somehow "drawn" to it, but succeeded in backing away in spite of his terror. (NICAP: 02 - Close Encounters)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_6

Event 714 (BF665399)

Date: 1880
Location: Aldershot, Great Britain
Description: A strange being dressed in tight-fitting clothes and shining helmet soared over the heads of two sentries, who fired without result. The apparition stunned them with something described as "blue fire."
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: FSR 61, 3; Magonia (Vallee)
Source: ValléeMagonia, ID: Magonia_3

Event 715 (640DD831)

Date: 1880
Location: Eastern Venezuela
Description: A 14-year-old boy saw a luminous ball descending from the sky and hovering near him. He felt somehow "drawn" to it, but succeeded in backing away in spite of his terror.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Lor. III 2O6 (Vallee)
Source: ValléeMagonia, ID: Magonia_5

Event 716 (99FDFF6D)

Date: 3/22/1880
Locations: Kattenau, East Prussia; Furmanovka, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia
Description: About 6:00 a.m. A large number of brilliantly luminous bodies are seen to rise from the horizon and pass from east to west at Kattenau, East Prussia [now Furmanovka, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia]. They move through space “like a string of beads.” Possible meteor procession.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:A Remarkable Phenomenon,” Nature 22 \(May 20, 1880): 64; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 1, Anomalist, 2019, pp. 169– 170
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_65

Event 717 (5F3B6AC0)

Date: 3/26/1880
Time: ~19:00
Location: LAMY, NM
Description: 4 observer(s). Fish-blimp with prop and 8 figure(s). Music and gibberish. Drops flower and cup. / r221.
Type: sighting
Reference: CLARK, Jerome & COLEMAN, Joren: THE UNIDENTIFIED; Warner PBs, NY 1975 (Index 131)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_122

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, MIB: Men in Black, FIG: Undefined or poorly seen figure/entity, OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, SIG: Signals/responses to/from/between UFO's/occupants/observers

Extra Data: Country: "USA", Credibility: "8", Duration: "3", Elev: "1976", HatchDesc: "LAMY,NM:4 OBS:FISH-BLIMP W/PROP+8 FIGS:MUSIC+GIBBERISH:DROPS FLOWER+CUP:/r221", LatLong: "35.483335 -105.877783", LatLongDMS: "35:29:00 N 105:52:40 W", Locale: "Desert", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "New Mexico", Strangeness: "10"

Event 718 (0224B21C)

Date: 3/26/1880
Location: Lamy, NM
Description: Evening. Four men walking near Galisteo Junction were surprised as they heard voices coming from a "strange balloon," which flew over them. It was shaped like a fish and seemed to be guided by a large fanlike device. There were eight to ten figures aboard. (NICAP: 02 - Close Encounters)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_7

Event 719 (A032CA93)

Date: 3/26/1880
Time: evening
Location: Lamy, New Mexico
Description: Four men walking near Galisteo Junction were surprised as they heard voices coming from a "strange balloon," which flew over them. It was shaped like a fish and seemed to be guided by a large fanlike device. There were eight to ten figures aboard. Their language was not understood. The object flew low over Galisteo Junction and rose rapidly toward the east.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: FSR 65, 3 (Vallee)
Source: ValléeMagonia, ID: Magonia_6

Event 720 (B1FB52DA)

Date: 3/26/1880
Location: Galisteo, New Mexico
Description: Night. The train depot operator and a few friends are walking at Galisteo, New Mexico, when they hear loud voices and laughter coming from a “large balloon” shaped like a fish approaching from the west. A flower is dropped from the car of the balloon to which is attached a slip of silk-like paper on which Chinese characters are written. The next morning, searchers find a cup of peculiar workmanship, but both artifacts are purchased by a “wealthy young Chinaman” and a “collector of curiosities” who visits town on March 28, although this part of the tale seems facetious and racist. The yarn is typical of sensational newspaper hoaxes that have no basis in reality.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Galisteo’s Apparition,” Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican, March 29, 1880, p. 3; “Solved at Last,” Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican, April 5, 1880, p. 4; Clark III 69–70, 592; Patrick Gross, URECAT, December 3, 2007
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_66

Event 721 (A6409376)

Date: 3/26/1880
Description: Lamy, New Mexico - Four men walking near Galisteo Junction in the evening were surprised as they heard voices coming from a "strange balloon," which flew over them. It was shaped like a fish and seemed to be guided by a large fanlike device. There were eight to ten figures aboard. Their language was not understood. The object flew low over Galisteo Junction and rose rapidly toward the east.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 180, citing Flying Saucer Review, May 1961; Santa Fe New Mexican, March 27, 1880
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_1667

Event 722 (7B3A9F64)

Date: 5/1880
Time: 23:30
Location: PERSIAN GULF
Description: HMS Patna swept / 16 spokes / light from 300M luminous wheels / sea. / r28 p71.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 39)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_123

Attributes: SEA: Observer(s) at sea, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SUB: Submersible: Rises from or submerges into water, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), VEH: Vehicle affected: Marks/damage/EME effects, TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "Arabian Peninsula", Credibility: "8", Duration: "30", Elev: "0", HatchDesc: "PERSIAN GULF:HMS PATNA SWEPT/16 SPOKES/LITE fm 300M LUMn.WHEELS/sea:/r28 p71", LatLong: "27.000001 52.000002", LatLongDMS: "27:00:00 N 52:00:00 E", Locale: "Offshore", LocationLink: "Google Maps", RelAlt: "-1", State/Prov: "PGF", Strangeness: "8"

Event 723 (DF7E01D8)

Date: 5/8/1880
Description: A farmer named Ju Tan in Song-Zi Xian Couny, China came upon a misty white light in some bushes around 8:00 p.m. He then felt a tingling paralysis, and heard a humming or rushing noise. He was levitated upwards and lost consciousness. His next recollection was finding himself, in a dazed state, in Guizhou province, which was 300 miles away from his home. The time was two weeks later.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Jenny Randles, Time Storms: Amazing Evidence for Time Warps, Space Rifts, and Time Travel, p. 25
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_2648

Event 724 (90BCE18D)

Date: 6/1880?
Location: East Kent [now Chatham-Kent], Ontario
Description: David Muckle and W. R. McKay of East Kent [now Chatham-Kent], Ontario, are in a field on Muckle’s farm when they hear a loud explosion and see a cloud of stones flying upward. They go to the spot and find a circular area, 16 feet across, that has been swept clean of vegetation.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:A Curious Phenomenon,” Rock Hill \(S.C.) Herald, July 7, 1880, p. 4
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_67

Event 725 (144316C5)

Date: Early 7/1880
Locations: Chattanooga Railroad; Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Description: A train is running on the Chattanooga Railroad near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in a thunderstorm when the engineer sees a large ball of fire rushing down the rails to the engine. As it passes under the locomotive, he feels a shock that jars the entire train. There is a loud explosion “opposite the ladies’ car” and a telegraph pole is splintered from top to bottom.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Passengers Shocked by Lightning,” Memphis \(Tenn.) Public Ledger, July 15, 1880, p. 2; Mark Rodeghier, “UFO/Vehicle Very Close Encounters,” IUR 27, no. 1 (Spring 2002): 5
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_68

Event 726 (8F631B5C)

Date: 7/28/1880
Time: 18:00
Location: LOUISVILLE, KY AND MADISONVILE
Description: Numerous observer(s). Dumbell-ovoid maneuvers all directions up and down. See reference.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 39)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_124

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), NWS: News media report, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "USA", Credibility: "10", Duration: "60", Elev: "140", HatchDesc: "LOUISVILLE,KY+MADISONVILE:NMRS OBS:DUMBELL-OVOID MNVRS all dirs UP+DOWN:see rf", LatLong: "38.233335 -85.716671", LatLongDMS: "38:14:00 N 85:43:00 W", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Kentucky", Strangeness: "6"

Event 727 (43277619)

Date: 7/28/1880
Locations: 2nd and Chestnut streets, Louisville, Kentucky; Ohio River bridge; Madisonville, Kentucky
Description: 6:00 p.m. C. A. Youngman and Ben Flexner are looking out a drugstore window at 2nd and Chestnut streets in Louisville, Kentucky, when they see something in the air coming from the direction of the Ohio River bridge. As it approaches them, it appears to be a man surrounded by machinery, which he is working with his hands and feet. The object is too high to make out the details of its construction. The man moves off to the south, pedaling constantly. Around 8:00 p.m., the Royster family of Madisonville, Kentucky, watches a circular flying object with a ball at each end moving above the train depot.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:More Monkeying,” Louisville \(Ky.) Courier-Journal, July 29, 1880, p. 4; “The Flying Machine,” Louisville \(Ky.) Courier-Journal, August 6, 1880, p. 4
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_69

Event 728 (841A6EEF)

Date: 7/30/1880
Time: 12:00?
Location: ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
Description: Large and 2 small glowing orbs follow ravine / 3 minute(s). / r84p280.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 39)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_125

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles

Extra Data: Country: "Russia", Credibility: "7", Duration: "3", HatchDesc: "St PETERSBURG,RUS:LRG+2 SMALL GLOWING ORBS FOLLOW RAVINE/3min:/r84p280", LatLong: "59.933336 30.366668", LatLongDMS: "59:56:00 N 30:22:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "STP", Strangeness: "6"

Event 729 (ACFFD245)

Date: 8/25/1880
Time: 13:00?
Location: BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, FR
Description: Yellow cylinder/cigar-shape exits storm clouds. Pointed ends. Drops something.
Type: sighting
Reference: LUMIERES DANS la NUIT (LDLN), Paris. Bimonthly since 1957. LDLN B.P.3; 77123 Le Vaudoue, FRANCE. (Index 128)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_126

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, PRB: Probe: Possibly remote controlled, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "6", Duration: "2", HatchDesc: "BAGNERES-de-LUCHON,FR:YLW CGR EXITS STORM CLOUDS:POINTED ENDS:DROPS SOMETHING", LatLong: "42.766669 0.600000", LatLongDMS: "42:46:00 N 00:36:00 E", Locale: "Mountains", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Haute Garonne", Strangeness: "6"

Event 730 (0D8F5C8C)

Date: 9/30/1880
Location: Columbus, Georgia
Description: 9:45 p.m. A brilliant object is seen crossing the sky in Columbus, Georgia, at a very low altitude. Coming from the south, it heads northeasterly in a horizontal line. It appears made of three perfectly developed balls of an equal size and equidistant from each other. The first ball emits a tail that envelops the two following and extends behind them. The tail is luminous except at the far end, where it is indistinct and nebulous. It is visible for a full 50 seconds and continues on its course without falling.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Wonders of a Meteor,” Marion \(Ohio\) Star, October 5, 1880, p. 3
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_70

Event 731 (3ECFFFEB)

Date: 11/30/1880
Description: A procession of numerous objects flew over the Palermo Observatiory in Sicily, Italy at 8:30 a.m.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 213; Desmond Leslie & George Adamski, Flying Saucers Have Landed, p. 46; Ray Palmer, Flying Saucers, November 1973, p. 36
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_8062


Year: 1881, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 732 (DA8E13A1)

Date: 6/11/1881
Time: 04:00
Location: MELBOURNE TO/FROM SYDNEY, AU
Description: Prince / Wales and 13. "Phantom vessel all aglow" / sky. / r2p17.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 40)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_127

Attributes: SEA: Observer(s) at sea, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "Australia", Credibility: "10", Duration: "10", Elev: "0", HatchDesc: "MELBOURNE><SYDNEY,AU:PRINCE/WALES+13:"PHANTOM VESSEL ALL AGLOW"/SKY:/r2p17", LatLong: "-39.500002 144.000007", LatLongDMS: "39:30:00 S 144:00:00 E", Locale: "Offshore", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Victoria", Strangeness: "6"

Event 733 (29CA8A00)

Date: 6/11/1881
Location: Between Melbourne and Sydney at sea, AU
Description: 4:00 a.m. The two sons of the Prince of Wales, one of them the future king of England, were cruising aboard "LaBacchante" when an object resembling a fully lighted ship was seen ("a phantom vessel all aglow"). (NICAP: 01 - Distant Encounters)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_8

Event 734 (F156E1FD)

Date: 6/11/1881
Time: 0400
Location: Between Melbourne and Sydney at sea, Australia
Description: The two sons of the Prince of Wales, one of them the future king of England, were cruising aboard "La Bacchante" when an object resembling a fully lighted ship was seen ("a phantom vessel all aglow").
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: Fort 637; Anatomy 12 (Vallee)
Source: ValléeMagonia, ID: Magonia_7

Event 735 (8576608A)

Date: 6/11/1881
Description: At sea at 4:00 a.m. between Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, the two sons of the Prince of Wales, one of them the future king of England, were cruising aboard "La Bacchante" when a flying object resembling a fully lighted ship was seen, "a phantom vessel all aglow."
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 180, citing Charles Fort, The Books of Charles Fort, p. 637
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_3415

Event 736 (B2B8AF2B)

Date: Late 10/1881
Locations: Milwaukee; Green Bay; Fort Howard; Sheboygan; Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
Description: An unusual fall of spider web occurs near the coast of Lake Michigan at Milwaukee, Green Bay, Fort Howard, Sheboygan, and Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. The webs seem to come from “over the lake” and fall from a great height. The strands are from 2 feet to several yards long, strong in texture, and very white. No spiders are seen.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:A Rain of Spider Webs,” Scientific American 45 \(1881\): 337
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_71


Year: 1882, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 737 (5751BD03)

Date: 7/3/1882
Location: MOON
Description: 2 luminous/glowing delta/triangle/box-like crafts / upper limb. 2 dark triangles / lower limb 30 minute(s) later. / Charles Fort and more/others.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 41)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_128

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "The Moon", Credibility: "8", Duration: "30", HatchDesc: "MOON:2 LUMn DLTs/UPPER LIMB:2 DRK TRIANGLES/LOWER LIMB 30min later:/C.FORT++", LatLong: "90.000004 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "90:00:00 N 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "---", Strangeness: "6"

Event 738 (03A4F2BC)

Date: 7/6/1882
Locations: Jersey City Heights, New Jersey; Ursa Minor; Capricorn
Description: 10:30 p.m. Amateur astronomer N. S. Drayton in Jersey City Heights, New Jersey, watches a red object without a trail move across the sky from the constellation of Ursa Minor to Capricorn in 45 seconds.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: N. S. Drayton, “A Supposed Meteor,” Scientific American 47 \(July 22, 1882): 53
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_72

Event 739 (D234FA63)

Date: 11/17/1882
Locations: Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London; Hog’s Back, Surrey, England
Description: 6:00 p.m. An auroral beam is observed from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London, by astronomer Edward Walter Maunder and by John Rand Capron from his private observatory on Hog’s Back, Surrey, England, in association with a geomagnetic storm. The beam is described in detail in various ways, including as a “beam,” “spindle,” “definite body” with a Zeppelin-like shape and pale green color, passing from horizon to horizon above the moon. The phenomenon transits the sky in approximately 75 seconds.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Wikipedia, “November 1882 geomagnetic storm”; J. Rand Capron, “The Auroral Beam of November 17, 1882,” Philosophical Magazine, ser. 5, 15 (1883): 318–339; Edward Walter Maunder, “A Strange Celestial Visitor,” The Observatory 39 \(May 1916\): 213–215; Paul Fuller, “The Life and Times of John Rand Capron (1829–1888),” The Antiquarian Astronomer 8 \(March 2014\): 21–45
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_73


Year: 1883, 8 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 740 (EA7137D6)

Date: 2/5/1883
Location: ARVIKA, SWEDEN
Description: Huge meteor going northwest / 18s. Turns going southeast. Zigzags / 50 second(s). / Nature March 1883.
Type: sighting
Reference: MUFON UFO JOURNAL, Seguin, TX USA. Monthly. (Index 190)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_129

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, NWS: News media report, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Scandanavian and Finland", Credibility: "10", Duration: "1", HatchDesc: "ARVIKA,SWEDEN:HUGE METEOR > NW/18s:TURNS>SE:ZIGZAGS/50sec:/NATURE MAR.1883", LatLong: "59.594447 12.538889", LatLongDMS: "59:35:40 N 12:32:20 E", Locale: "Mountains", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Sweden", Strangeness: "6"

Event 741 (923AB262)

Date: 2/5/1883
Locations: Lake Glasfjorden; Arvika, Sweden
Description: 6:45 p.m. A witness at Lake Glasfjorden, near Arvika, Sweden, spots a meteor-like object high on the horizon moving from southeast to northwest. It makes several minor course changes, varies its color from white to yellow, and emits some sparks. After 18 seconds, it changes its course to the southeast and is so low to the ground that its light is reflected in the lake. By this time, it has a distinct tail. Total duration is 50 seconds.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:On February 5, at 6.45 p.m.,” Nature 27 \(March 1, 1883): 423
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_74

Event 742 (1D5111D9)

Date: 2/5/1883
Description: A huge fireball flew over Lake Glasfjorden near Arvika, Sweden towards the northwest for 18 seconds. It turned toward the southeast and zigzagged through the sky for an additional 50 seconds.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Willy Smith, International UFO Reporter, May-June 1984, p. 4, citing Nature, March 1883
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_694

Event 743 (6511B12B)

Date: 2/23/1883
Time: ~19:00
Location: SPACE
Description: New fourth magnetic/magnitude star maneuvers between Orionis and Sirius. Stops and goes according to L'astronomie.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 19)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_130

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "France", Credibility: "10", Duration: "20", HatchDesc: "SPACE:NEW 4RTH MAGN STAR MNVRS BTWN ORIONIS+SIRIUS:STOPS+GOES per L'ASTRONOMIE", LatLong: "48.844447 1.000000", LatLongDMS: "48:50:40 N 01:00:00 E", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Paris", Strangeness: "5"

Event 744 (FB8BD11F)

Date: 8/12/1883
Time: ~08:00
Location: ZACATECAS OBSERVER(S), MEXICO
Description: Astronomer Bonilla. 283 objects pass suns face. Photograph of 1 taken.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 19)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_131

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), PHT: Photos/movies/videos taken, TCH: New technical details/clues, MIL: Military investigation

Extra Data: Country: "Mexico", Credibility: "9", Duration: "30", Elev: "2543", HatchDesc: "ZACATECAS OBS,MEX:ASTRONOMER BONILLA:283 OBJS PASS SUNS FACE:FOTO OF 1 TAKEN", LatLong: "22.733334 -102.533338", LatLongDMS: "22:44:00 N 102:32:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "ZCT", Strangeness: "6"

Event 745 (66272935)

Date: 8/12/1883
End date: 8/13/1883
Location: El Cerro de la Bufa Meteorological Observatory in Zacatecas, Mexico
Description: Astronomer José Árbol y Bonilla, director of the El Cerro de la Bufa Meteorological Observatory in Zacatecas, Mexico, is observing the sun by eyepiece projection when he and an assistant see a large number of small bodies crossing the solar disc. Over the course of two days, they count a total of 447 dark objects. They seem bright as they approach the sun but are dark as they pass across its face. He takes several photographs and suspects that they are relatively near the earth. Mexican astronomers in 2011 suggested that a comet may have split into several pieces; these objects were estimated to have had a size of between 150 and 3,350 feet, and to have passed only 334 to 5,000 miles from the Earth; they thought a fragmented Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks was one possibility, in which case Earth barely avoided multiple Tunguska events or even a mass extinction; this was reported in the media and disputed in October 2011; but the source of these objects could also have been comet C/1883 D1 (Brooks-Swift) or even a third, unknown comet that year; the event also coincided with the annual Perseid meteor shower; even migrating birds cannot be ruled out.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: José Á. y Bonilla, “Passage sur le disque solaire d’un essaim de corpuscles,” L’Astronomie 4 (1885): 347–350; Hector Javier Durand Manterola, Maria de la Paz Ramos Lara, and Guadalupe Cordero, “Interpretation of the Observations Made in 1883 in Zacatecas (Mexico): A Fragmented Comet That Nearly Hits the Earth,” Earth and Planetary Astrophysics \(2011\); “Billion-Ton Comet May Have Missed Earth by a Few Hundred Kilometers in 1883,” MIT Technology Review, October 17, 2011; “Did a Massive Comet Almost Wipe Out Humans in 1883?” The Week, January 8, 2015; “OT- 1883 Zacatecas Observation of Objects before Sun Were Not 12P/Pons-Brooks Fragments,” October 17, 2011; Phil Plait, “Did a Fragmenting Comet nearly Hit the Earth in 1883? Color Me Very Skeptical,” Bad Astronomy, October 17, 2011; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 1, Anomalist, 2019, pp. 189–207
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_75

Event 746 (CEC3A540)

Date: 8/12/1883
Description: On this day at around 8:00 a.m. Astronomer Bonilla at the Zacatecas Observatory in Zacatecas, Mexico watched as 283 objects passed across the face of the sun. He took a photograph of one of them.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Jacques Vallee, Anatomy of a Phenomenon, p. 19; Frank Edwards, Flying Saucers--Serious Business, p. 36; Gordon I. R. Lore and Harold Denault, Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective, p. 55
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_4926

Event 747 (3CE47086)

Date: 12/27/1883
Time: 18:30
Location: NEWCOMERSTOWN, OH
Description: Many observer(s). Brilliant square night light going north slowly / Eastern sky. Leaves trail.
Type: sighting
Reference: UFO INVESTIGATOR: NICAP: Kensington, MD & Washington, DC [defunct]. University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 (Index 939)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_132

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), NWS: News media report, MID: Likely mis-identification, DLT: Delta/vee/boomerang/rectangular shaped UFO, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "USA", Credibility: "10", Duration: "5", Elev: "246", HatchDesc: "NEWCOMERSTOWN,OH:MANY OBS:BRILL.SQR NLT >N SLOWLY/EASTERN SKY:LEAVES TRAIL", LatLong: "40.272224 -81.605559", LatLongDMS: "40:16:20 N 81:36:20 W", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Ohio", Strangeness: "4"


Year: 1884, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 748 (D13F29FE)

Date: 6/6/1884
Location: south-central Dundy County, Nebraska
Description: 1:00 p.m. Rancher John W. Ellis and some of his ranch hands in south-central Dundy County, Nebraska, allegedly see a blazing object fall from the sky and crash into many pieces, burning the grass and fusing the sand. The light is so intense it blinds one of them. The newspaper suggests it is a “vessel belonging originally to some other planet.” The remains of the object are said to have dissolved in a rainstorm. However, the tale is actually a fictional story written by a correspondent in Benkelman.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:A Celestial Visitor,” Lincoln \(Neb.) Daily State Journal, June 8, 1884, p. 5; “The Magical Meteor,” Lincoln \(Neb.) Daily State Journal, June 10, 1884, p. 4; Jerome Clark, “Spaceship and Saltshaker,” IUR 11, no. 6 (Nov./Dec. 1986): 12, 21; Clark III 593
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_76

Event 749 (DAD6974F)

Date: 6/6/1884
Location: About 35 miles northwest of Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska
Description: In 1884, a reported UFO crash in Nebraska was documented in a local newspaper, describing a blazing object falling from the sky. Witnesses encountered scorching heat and dazzling light around the debris. However, later reports indicated that the debris dissolved into a gelatinous mass after a heavy rain, suggesting the incident may have been a hoax. (Chapter 2, Refs 106, 107)
Type: UFO sighting
Reference: It Didn't Start with Roswell, by Philip L. Rife, 2001
Source: Rife, ID: Rife_100

Event 750 (806FF251)

Date: 7/3/1884
Location: NORWOOD, NY
Description: Saturn-object going [to] slow overhead. Dark rings / center. / Charles Fort and more / r242p129+/ r85..
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 50)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_133

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "USA", Credibility: "6", Duration: "1", Elev: "140", HatchDesc: "NORWOOD,NY:SATURN-OBJ > SLO OVHD:DRK RINGS/CENTER:/Ch.Fort+/r242p129+/r85..", LatLong: "44.750002 -74.994448", LatLongDMS: "44:45:00 N 74:59:40 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "New York", Strangeness: "6"

Event 751 (C979EB0B)

Date: 7/3/1884
Location: Norwood, NY
Description: Saturn-shaped UFO (globe with central ring) flew slowly overhead. [Credit: Charles Fort, from Science Monthly, 2-136] (NICAP: 02 - Close Encounters)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_9

Event 752 (80EB590D)

Date: 7/3/1884
Location: Norwood, New York
Description: 8:30 p.m. L. C. Yale of Norwood, New York, watches an object with a long tail move slowly from east to west. It has a “nucleus like a globe, as large as the moon, surrounded by a bright ring, two dark lines crossing the nucleus in vertical direction, the lines larger in the middle, straight on inside, curved on outside, tapering both ways to points.” The general appearance is of a “gigantic sword of fire, moving handle first.”
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:A Great Meteor,” Illustrated Science Monthly 2 \(1884\): 136
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_77


Year: 1885, 11 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 753 (9613520E)

Date: 1885
Description: The Benz Patent-Motorwagen by the German Carl Benz is widely regarded as the world’s first practical modern automobile and was the first car put into series production.
Type: industrial advance
Reference: Wikipedia
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_14

Event 754 (440A70D0)

Date: 2/16/1885
Locations: Pennsylvania; Delaware River; Port Jervis, New York
Description: Night. During a severe snowstorm, a bright light suddenly flashes in the high rocks on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River some five miles northwest of Port Jervis, New York. The snow-covered hill glows like red-hot iron for several feet around, gleaming through the storm for several minutes, then growing dim and disappearing.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Mysterious Light,” Wichita \(Kan.) Beacon, March 25, 1885, p. 1
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_78

Event 755 (FCC415C8)

Date: 2/25/1885
Locations: North Pacific; Victoria, British Columbia
Description: 5:00 a.m. Sailing in the North Pacific some 800 miles west of Victoria, British Columbia, Captain John Waters of the barque Innerwick and his mate see the sky turning fiery red. Suddenly a large fireball appears above the ship and falls hissing into the sea about 150 feet away from them, causing a wave of water to impact the ship. Electrical discharges run through the rigging and the masts.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Frightful Experience at Sea,” Sacramento \(Calif.) Record-Union, March 3, 1885, p. 1; “Notes and News,” Science 5 \(1885\): 242–243; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 2, Anomalist, 2021, pp. 177–199
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_79

Event 756 (5F62CB2E)

Date: 8/22/1885
Time: 08:20
Location: OFF SAIGON, VTNM
Description: Men / ship. Large red night light maneuvers in and out / clouds. / L'Astronomie and more / r2p20.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 51)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_134

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "Vietnam", Credibility: "8", Duration: "8", Elev: "3", HatchDesc: "off SAIGON,VTNM:MEN/SHIP:LRG RED NLT MNVRS IN+OUT/CLOUDS:/L'Astronomie+/r2p20", LatLong: "10.833334 106.800005", LatLongDMS: "10:50:00 N 106:48:00 E", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "SAI", Strangeness: "6"

Event 757 (E7C8180B)

Date: 11/1/1885
Time: 21:30
Location: ADRIANOPLE, TURKEY
Description: Slow saucer = 4-moons diameter. Lights campsite. / r221p16+/ r2p20.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 51)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_135

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground

Extra Data: Country: "Turkey", Credibility: "7", Duration: "10", HatchDesc: "ADRIANOPLE,TURKEY:SLOW SCR=4-MOONS Diam:LITES CAMPSITE:/r221p16+/r2p20", LatLong: "41.683335 26.583335", LatLongDMS: "41:41:00 N 26:35:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "EDI", Strangeness: "6"

Event 758 (0F1A5159)

Date: 11/1/1885
Description: A huge disc-shaped object was seen in Edirne, Turkey at 9:30 p.m.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Charles Fort, Book of the Damned, p. 275; Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucers Are Real, p. 59; Donald E. Keyhoe, Flying Saucers from Outer Space, p. 227; Flying Saucers, November 1973, p. 36
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_7363

Event 759 (73ACEB4F)

Date: 11/2/1885
Time: ~07:00
Location: SCUTARI, TURKEY
Description: Fireball-saucer circles pier / 6M altitude. Blinding lights. Sinks quietly.
Type: sighting
Reference: VALLEE, Jacques: UFO'S IN SPACE - Anatomy of a Phenomenon; Henry Regnery 1966 & Ballentine PB 1974 294pp. (Index 21)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_136

Attributes: CST: Observer(s) in coastal area/just offshore, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., SUB: Submersible: Rises from or submerges into water, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, BLD: Building/man-made structure/roads/power lines, LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground, TCH: New technical details/clues

Extra Data: Country: "Turkey", Credibility: "6", Duration: "2", HatchDesc: "SCUTARI,TURKEY:FBL-SCR CIRCLES PIER/6M ALT:BLINDING LITES:SINKS QUIETLY", LatLong: "41.016669 29.033335", LatLongDMS: "41:01:00 N 29:02:00 E", Locale: "Coastlands", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "KDK", Strangeness: "7"

Event 760 (61524BDA)

Date: 11/2/1885
Location: Scutari, Turkey
Description: Dawn. A luminous object circled the harbor. Altitude: 5-6 m. Illuminated the whole town. Duration: 1 1/2 min, as a bluish-green flame. Then plunged into the sea. Made several circles above the ferry-boat pier. (NICAP: 02 - Close Encounters)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_10

Event 761 (42AC0051)

Date: 11/2/1885
Time: dawn
Location: Scutari, Turkey
Description: A luminous object circled the harbor. Altitude: 5-6 m. Illuminated the whole town. Duration: 1 1/2 min, as a bluish-green flame. Then plunged into the sea. Made several circles above the ferry-boat pier.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: LDLN 48; Anatomy 14 (Vallee)
Source: ValléeMagonia, ID: Magonia_8

Event 762 (86D39F95)

Date: 11/2/1885
Description: Scutari, Albania (then called Uskudar, a part of Ottoman Turkey). At dawn a luminous object circled the harbor at an altitude of 56 meters for 90 seconds. It illuminated the entire town with a bluish-green glow. It made several circles above the ferryboat pier then plunged into the sea.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Ivan Sanderson, Invisible Residents, p. 34; Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 181
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_7409

Event 763 (974EB33E)

Date: 11/12/1885
Description: Cape Race, Atlantic Ocean - A huge sphere of fire was observed rising out of the ocean by witnesses aboard the ship "Siberian." It rose to an altitude of 16 meters, flew against the wind, and came close to the ship, then "dashed off" toward the southeast. The sighting lasted five minutes.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Jacques Vallee, Passport to Magonia: A Century of Landings, p. 181; Ivan T. Sanderson, Invisible Residents, p. 27
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_7603


Year: 1886, 6 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 764 (541A13A7)

Date: 1886
Description: French novelist Jules Verne publishes Robur the Conqueror, which describes the appearance of mysterious objects and strange lights in the sky all over the world. It turns out that the sightings are of a flying machine, invented by the novel’s anti-hero Robur, who kidnaps people and takes them on board the airship.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Wikipedia, “Robur the ConquerorSource: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_80

Event 765 (12FF4766)

Date: 10/24/1886
Time: 23:00?
Location: MARACAIBO, VNZ
Description: Humming and penetrating light. Family / 9 vomits. Burnt. Very radiation/radioactivity sick. / Scientific American.
Type: sighting
Reference: The APRO BULLETIN: Monthly. Jim & Coral Lorenzen: Tucson,AZ (USA. defunct) By volume and number. (Index 871)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_137

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NFO: No craft seen, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, HUM: Humans affected: Injury/burns/marks/abduction/death, RDA: Radiation/high energy fields detected, TRC: Physical traces, TCH: New technical details/clues, INJ: Injuries, illness/death, mutilations, OGA: Non-Covert Government Agencies, SND: UFO sounds heard or recorded

Extra Data: Country: "Venezuela", Credibility: "8", Duration: "2", Elev: "2", HatchDesc: "MARACAIBO,VNZ:HUM+PENETRATING LITE:FAMILY/9 VOMITS:BURNT:VERY RDA SICK:/Sci.Am", LatLong: "10.666667 -71.616670", LatLongDMS: "10:40:00 N 71:37:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "MRC", Strangeness: "8"

Event 766 (599586B7)

Date: 10/24/1886
Location: Maracaibo, Venezuela
Description: During the night, which was rainy and tempestuous, a family of nine persons, sleeping in a hut a few leagues from Maracaibo, were awakened by a loud humming noise and a vivid, dazzling light, which brilliantly illuminated the interior of the house. (NICAP: 02 - Close Encounters)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_11

Event 767 (5CA8AB02)

Date: 10/24/1886
Locations: Maracaibo, Venezuela; 10 miles from Maracaibo, Venezuela
Description: Night. Nine persons who are sleeping in a hut some 10 miles from Maracaibo, Venezuela, are awakened by a loud humming noise and a dazzling light that illuminates the interior. The people begin to pray but they start vomiting as extensive swellings appear on the upper part of their bodies, especially around the face and lips. They feel no heat, although the light has a smoky appearance and a peculiar smell. The next morning, the swellings subside but leave black blotches. By November 2, the skin peels off and the blotches are round sores. Portions of their hair falls off. Trees around the hut show no damage until November 2, when they suddenly wither. The symptoms are similar to those of ionizing radiation syndrome.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Warner Cowgill, “Curious Phenomenon in Venezuela,” letter, Scientific American 55 (December 18, 1886): 389; Clark III 949; Patrick Gross, UFO Reports from the Past
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_81

Event 768 (A4B972CD)

Date: 10/24/1886
Description: On this night a loud humming noise awakened a family of nine in a hut in a village in Maracaibo, Venezuela. A vivid, dazzling light illuminated the inside of the hut. The family suffered symptoms of apparent radiation exposure, including vomiting, hair loss, swelling, black blotches, and sores. Trees in the area withered and died nine days later.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Scientific American, December 1886, p. 18; APRO Bulletin, July-August 1972, p. 6; N. M. H. Turner, FSR Case Histories, December 1970, p. 15; Gordon David Kaswell, UFO Magazine, August 2002, p. 44; John F. Schuessler, UFO-Related Human Physiological Effects, p. 17
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_7066

Event 769 (F0FEF267)

Date: 11/1886
Description: Heinrich Hertz became the first person to transmit and receive controlled radio waves.
Type: scientific advance
Reference: link
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_15


Year: 1887, 6 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 770 (9A188592)

Date: 3/19/1887
Locations: North Atlantic; 590 miles northeast of Bermuda
Description: 5:00 p.m. Captain Cornelis Dirks Swart of the Dutch bark J.P.A. sees a “meteor in the shape of two balls” during a storm in the North Atlantic about 590 miles northeast of Bermuda. One ball is black and the other is luminous and oblong. The luminous object descends with a roar and lights up the ship and surrounding water. The crew feels heat from the object even as solid lumps of ice fall on the deck and the rigging becomes iced. The side of the ship where it falls turns partially black and the copper plating is blistered. The wind increases to “hurricane force.”
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Rare Electrical Phenomenon at Sea,” American Meteorological Journal 4 \(July 1887\): 98–99; Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough, Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History, 2015, pp. 205–217; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 2, Anomalist, 2021, pp. 201–210
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_82

Event 771 (0F2A94ED)

Date: 11/12/1887
Time: 23:50
Location: OFF CAPE RACE, NFL
Description: Ship crew. Red fireball going up / sea. Going [to] against wind. Dives going down. / r33p7+/ r44p28.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 53)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_138

Attributes: SEA: Observer(s) at sea, HQO: High-quality observer(s), ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., SUB: Submersible: Rises from or submerges into water, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, VEH: Vehicle affected: Marks/damage/EME effects

Extra Data: Country: "Canada", Credibility: "9", Duration: "5", Elev: "0", HatchDesc: "off CAPE RACE,NFL:SHIP CREW:RED FBL ↑/SEA:>AGNST WIND:DIVEs ↓:/r33p7+/r44p28", LatLong: "46.583336 -53.000003", LatLongDMS: "46:35:00 N 53:00:00 W", Locale: "High Seas", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Newfoundland", Strangeness: "5"

Event 772 (A72F98BF)

Date: 11/12/1887
Location: Cape Race, Atlantic Ocean
Description: Midnight. A huge sphere of fire was observed rising out of the ocean by witnesses aboard the "Siberian." It rose to an altitude of 16 m, flew against the wind, and came close to the ship, then "dashed oft" toward the southeast. (NICAP: 02 - Close Encounters)
Reference: NICAP Listing by Date PDF
Source: NICAP_DB, ID: NICAP_DB_12

Event 773 (858517EC)

Date: 11/12/1887
Time: 2400
Location: Cape Race, Atlantic Ocean
Description: A huge sphere of fire was observed rising out of the ocean by witnesses aboard the "Siberian." It rose to an altitude of 16 m, flew against the wind, and came close to the ship, then "dashed oft" toward the southeast. Duration: 5 min.
Type: ufo sighting
Reference: LDLN 48; Anatomy 14 (Vallee)
Source: ValléeMagonia, ID: Magonia_9

Event 774 (B0EE8657)

Date: 11/12/1887
Locations: Cape Race, Newfoundland; 10 nautical miles off Cape Race, Newfoundland
Description: Midnight. Captain R. F. Moore of the English steamer SS Siberian, sailing 10 nautical miles off Cape Race, Newfoundland, watches an enormous fireball rising from the sea to the height of 15 feet. It travels against the strong wind and comes close to the ship, then turns to the southeast and disappears. The object is seen for about 2 minutes. Moore says he has seen this phenomenon before and considers it a sign of stormy weather.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Globular Lightning,” Science 10 \(1887\): 324; Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, “On Globular Lightning,” American Meteorological Journal 6 \(February 1890\): 437, 442–443; Theo Paijmans, “Fiery Objects Rising from the Oceans,” Charles Fort Institute Blogs, July 6, 2007; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 2, Anomalist, 2021, pp. 151–174
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_83

Event 775 (FE9BB455)

Date: 11/23/1887
Location: MOON
Description: Night lights converge / Plato crater. Form "marching triangle". / Charles Fort and more / l'Astronomie.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 53)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_139

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCI: Scientist involvement, ODD: Atypical/Forteana/paranormal, NLT: Nightlights/points of light, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), SIG: Signals/responses to/from/between UFO's/occupants/observers, LND: UFO landing or any part touches ground, HST: Historical account

Extra Data: Country: "The Moon", Credibility: "10", Duration: "5", HatchDesc: "MOON:NLTS CONVERGE/PLATO CRATER:FORM "MARCHING TRIANGLE":/C.Fort+/l'Astronomie", LatLong: "0.000000 -0.000000", LatLongDMS: "00:00:00 S 00:00:00 W", Locale: "Residential", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "PLT", Strangeness: "6"


Year: 1888, 3 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 776 (8329EA51)

Date: 1888
Location: Northern California
Description: Reports of anomalous Victorian-era airships, including streamlined metallic vehicles with no apparent propulsion and otherworldly occupants, have perplexed observers. These occurrences, some predating the 1896 California airship wave, feature instances where futuristic craft landed and discharged large, hairy, man-like creatures known to local tribes as "Crazy Bear." These creatures allegedly arrived in small moon-like craft alongside beings resembling Indians, wearing shiny clothing, creating a mysterious connection between UFOs, Bigfoot-like entities, and native folklore. (Chapter 2, Ref 92)
Type: UFO sighting
Reference: It Didn't Start with Roswell, by Philip L. Rife, 2001
Source: Rife, ID: Rife_86

Event 777 (4A37B301)

Date: 1888
Location: Near Grundy, Texas
Description: A teenager near Grundy, Texas, allegedly witnessed the crash of an aerial object, leading to the discovery of an injured man amid debris. The man, who spoke an unintelligible language, consumed water and food but died within hours. Neighbors gathered to see the fallen "man from the sky," and the debris included lightweight, unscratchable metal pieces of two types—silver-gray and dark blue—which remained heat-resistant even when placed on a hot stove. (Chapter 2, Refs 108)
Type: UFO sighting
Reference: It Didn't Start with Roswell, by Philip L. Rife, 2001
Source: Rife, ID: Rife_101

Event 778 (71D90F41)

Date: Early 9/1888
Location: Winsted, Connecticut
Description: 3:15 p.m. During a severe thunderstorm, after a flash of lightning and a peal of thunder, witnesses see a huge flame at Highland Lake, near Winsted, Connecticut. The water is parted for yards by a huge ball of fire at least 10 feet in diameter, and billows rise on either side to a height of 20 feet. The light moves toward the head of the lake with great velocity. When it is within 100 yards of the shore, another flash of lightning strikes, and the fireball disappears. The waters of the lake remain disturbed for hours.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:A Ball of Fire on a Lake,” Hagerstown \(Ind.) Exponent, September 12, 1888, p. 3
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_84


Year: 1889, 6 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 779 (D2526E0A)

Date: 2/7/1889
Locations: Oella, Maryland; Patapsco River
Description: 6:00 p.m. A cylindrical luminous object passes over Oella, Maryland, at only several hundred feet altitude. It lights up the village “as brilliantly as if by a strong electric lamp.” It curves and appears to descend to the ground one mile away. It follows the course of the Patapsco River to the north for several seconds.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:A Brilliant Meteor,” Washington \(D.C.) Evening Star, February 9, 1889, p. 6
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_85

Event 780 (FB5BB281)

Date: 2/14/1889
Description: On this evening in Catonsville, Maryland near Baltimore a luminous cylindrical object passed overhead, then appeared to descend nearthe village while following the course of the Patapsco River. The landscape beneath the object was lit up as bright as a carbon-arc light, causing alarm among the residents.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Jerome Clark, International UFO Reporter, Spring 2003, p. 21
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_911

Event 781 (210AF5C1)

Date: 4/20/1889
End date: 4/30/1945
Description: German dictator Adolf Hitler, who initiated World War 2 and was closely involved in military operations throughout the war, and was central to the perpetration of the Holocaust, is born in Austria-Hungary.
Type: historical figure
Reference: Wikipedia
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_16

Event 782 (1327F1B4)

Date: 6/13/1889
Time: 23:30
Location: LEICESTER, LEICS
Description: Observer(s) = F. T. Mott. 'Meteor' zigzags across sky. Going quickly [to] under clouds! / Nature.
Type: sighting
Reference: The UFO REGISTER. CONTACT INTERNATIONAL/UK. (annual sightings catalog.) (Index 76)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_140

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, SCI: Scientist involvement, FBL: Fireball: Blazing undistinguished form/orb., NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s)

Extra Data: Country: "Great Britain and Ireland", Credibility: "7", Duration: "1", Elev: "76", HatchDesc: "LEICESTER,LEICs:OBS=F.T.MOTT:'METEOR' ZIGZAGS ACRS SKY:>>UNDER CLOUDS!/NATURE", LatLong: "52.600003 -1.133333", LatLongDMS: "52:36:00 N 01:08:00 W", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "England", Strangeness: "5"

Event 783 (302E805A)

Date: 6/13/1889
Description: On this night in 1889, in Leicester, England a fireball zigzagged across the sky under the cloud cover.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: J. B. Delaire, UFO Register, volume 7, 1976
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_3452

Event 784 (63E2A88D)

Date: Winter 1889
Description: Nikola Tesla’s experiments at his Experimental Station on wireless electricity transmission in Colorado Springs
Type: scientific event
Reference: link
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_17


Year: 1890, 2 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 785 (1D94842C)

Date: 1890's
Description: The experimental proof of Maxwell’s equations was demonstrated by Heinrich Hertz in a series of experiments. After that, Maxwell’s equations were fully accepted by scientists.
Type: scientific advance
Reference: Wikipedia
Source: Maj2, ID: Maj2_18

Event 786 (35EAA8B6)

Date: 1890
Location: Mt. Carmel, Illinois
Description: Edward J. Pennington, a successful manufacturer, claimed to be an airship inventor and intended to create a large aluminum airship propelled by hydrogen gas and a gasoline engine-powered propeller, capable of speeds up to 250 miles per hour. (Chapter 1, Refs 73, 74)
Type: mystery airship
Reference: It Didn't Start with Roswell, by Philip L. Rife, 2001
Source: Rife, ID: Rife_71


Year: 1891, 5 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 787 (57905F81)

Date: 1891
Location: Chicago
Description: Edward J. Pennington demonstrated a 30-foot unmanned model of his airship inside a Chicago exhibition hall, which circled at 25 feet and achieved a speed of six miles per hour. Despite public enthusiasm, his attempt to scale up the model for a full-sized airship faced challenges, leading to the failure of the Mt. Carmel Aeronautic Navigation Company. (Chapter 1, Ref 75, 76, 77)
Type: mystery airship
Reference: It Didn't Start with Roswell, by Philip L. Rife, 2001
Source: Rife, ID: Rife_72

Event 788 (E7691712)

Date: 6/13/1891
Location: Dublin, Texas
Description: Day. An unnamed witness claims to see a “meteor” explode with a loud noise over the Wasson & Miller flour mill and cotton gin in Dublin, Texas. The object looks like “a bale of cotton suspended in the air after having been saturated in kerosene oil and ignited, except that it created a much brighter light” that dazzles people standing several hundred feet away. The object shatters into pieces before it hits the ground, the fragments setting the grass and weeds on fire. In addition to the fragments is a scrap of paper with writing in a strange language.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Dublin 1891,” Texas UFO Museum and Research Library, February 5, 2014
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_86

Event 789 (92851231)

Date: 7/12/1891
Locations: Theodore Street; Ottawa, Ontario
Description: 7:00 p.m. Residents of Theodore Street in Ottawa, Ontario, see over the rifle range a cigar-shaped balloon with a bright light on one end and a fan on the other traveling from south to north.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: MacLeod (Ont.) Gazette, July 16, 1891; Clark 45
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_87

Event 790 (D9507283)

Date: 8/14/1891
Time: 18:30
Location: TOPONAS, CO
Description: / old diary. Large round glowing object maneuvers about dark clouds. Fast. Going quickly northeast.
Type: sighting
Reference: FARISH, Jucius: UFO NEWSCLIPPING SERVICE: $5/Monthly. Plumerville, AR. (Index 297)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_141

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, NWS: News media report, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), CMF: Camouflage/disguise

Extra Data: Country: "USA", Credibility: "6", Duration: "2", Elev: "2524", HatchDesc: "TOPONAS,CO:/OLD DIARY:LRG ROUND GLOWING OBJ MNVRS ABOUT DARK CLOUDS:FAST:>>NE", LatLong: "40.061113 -106.805561", LatLongDMS: "40:03:40 N 106:48:20 W", Locale: "Mountains", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Colorado", Strangeness: "5"

Event 791 (9178A307)

Date: 9/2/1891
Location: Coyote Canyon [now within the Sandia National Laboratory complex], New Mexico
Description: 8:00 p.m. Alonzo M. Swan and L. D. Dodson (an equestrian recovering from an illness) are camped in Coyote Canyon [now within the Sandia National Laboratory complex], New Mexico, to benefit from the mineral springs there when they see a brilliant light rise above a mountain to the south. As it moves closer against the wind, they see it has a series of “electric arc lights” around it and a “pole” or rudder that is similarly lit. The object is in view for nearly two hours. Another lighted object appears from the southwest and approaches the first object, but clouds prevent any further observation. Swan sees a lighted object again on September 4, although this time it could be a star.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Strange Mid Air Ships,” Albuquerque \(N.Mex.) Weekly Citizen, September 12, 1891, p. 3; Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough, Return to Magonia: Investigating UFOs in History, Anomalist, 2015, pp. 219–237
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_88


Year: 1892, 11 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 792 (D23AE163)

Date: 1892
Location: Waters near Jamaica
Description: In 1892 in the Caribbean waters, witnesses aboard the ship "The Green" observed two large, glowing, house-sized objects emerging from the ocean next to the ship. The ship's crew, including the captain, was unable to explain this phenomenon, and the objects remained alongside the ship for a time before descending into the water. This incident introduces the concept of Unidentified Submersible Objects (USOs) alongside the traditional UFO sightings. (Chapter 2, Ref 94)
Type: UFO sighting
Reference: It Didn't Start with Roswell, by Philip L. Rife, 2001
Source: Rife, ID: Rife_88

Event 793 (9CC8E518)

Date: 1/1892?
Location: west coast of Baja California, Mexico
Description: George W. Crusselle and S. D. Cuthereil from the USS Thetis are wandering among the salt water lagoons on the west coast of Baja California, Mexico, when they see a luminous object with smooth edges about 30 feet in diameter approaching from the ocean at an altitude of 50 feet. It changes shape from circular to an hourglass and moves swiftly to the surface of a lagoon, covering it with a “brilliant halo of light.” It rises moments later, changing its shape frequently, and moving swiftly in a zigzag fashion. After 15 minutes it disappears inland.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: George W. Crusselle, “The Coast Survey,” Atlanta Constitution, April 10, 1892, p. 9
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_89

Event 794 (01768909)

Date: 3/7/1892
Time: 21:00
Location: DOMBROVNO AND AREA, POL
Description: 'Balloon' follows railroad/railway going northeast against wind. Bright beam. Returns going southwest.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 351)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_142

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), NWS: News media report, WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, MIL: Military investigation

Extra Data: Country: "Poland", Credibility: "9", Duration: "60", HatchDesc: "DOMBROVNO+AREA,POL:'BALLOON' FOLOS RR >NE AGAINST WIND:BRITE BEAM:RETURNS >SW", LatLong: "50.333336 19.166668", LatLongDMS: "50:20:00 N 19:10:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "KTW", Strangeness: "6"

Event 795 (BD123384)

Date: 3/22/1892 (approximate)
Time: 20:00?
Location: KOVNO = KUANAS, LITH
Description: 'German' balloon going [to] over Russian fort. Hovers. Turns back going west.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 351)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_143

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, MIL: Observer(s) military, HQO: High-quality observer(s), NWS: News media report, WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, HUM: Humans affected: Injury/burns/marks/abduction/death, VEH: Vehicle affected: Marks/damage/EME effects, BLD: Building/man-made structure/roads/power lines, MIL: Military investigation

Extra Data: Country: "Estonia, Latvia& Lithuania", Credibility: "8", Duration: "60", HatchDesc: "KOVNO=KUANAS,LITH:'GERMAN' BALLOON > OVR RUSSIAN FORT:HVRS:TURNS BACK >W", LatLong: "54.666669 23.916668", LatLongDMS: "54:40:00 N 23:55:00 E", Locale: "Town & City", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Lithuania", Strangeness: "6"

Event 796 (CDA9C451)

Date: 3/23/1892
Time: ~22:00
Location: WARSAW, POL
Description: Balloon going east. Sweeps intense beam around. Hovers until O100hrs. Going west.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLYING SAUCER REVIEW (FSR), London. Bimonthly. PO Box 162; High Wycombe, Bucks. HP135 DZ, England. (Index 351)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_144

Attributes: GND: Observer(s) on ground, MIL: Observer(s) military, CIV: Observer(s) civilian, HQO: High-quality observer(s), NWS: News media report, WAV: Wave/cluster/flap, SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, CIG: Torpedo/cigar/cylinder shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles, RAY: Odd light/searchlight/beam/laser-like, MIL: Military investigation

Extra Data: Country: "Poland", Credibility: "13", Duration: "180", HatchDesc: "WARSAW,POL:BALLOON > E:SWEEPS INTENSE BEAM AROUND:HVRS UNTIL O100hrs:>W:", LatLong: "52.250002 21.066668", LatLongDMS: "52:15:00 N 21:04:00 E", Locale: "Metropolis", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "Warsaw", Strangeness: "6"

Event 797 (2A77DEA5)

Date: 3/23/1892
Locations: Warsaw, Poland; Kaunas Fortress, Lithuania; Modlin Fortress (in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki), Sosnowiec, Dąbrowa Górnicza, and Dąbrowice, Poland
Description: Evening–1:00 a.m. Residents of Warsaw, Poland, watch a balloon over the city that casts rays of light from an electrical apparatus. It remains stationary until 1:00 a.m., then it takes off to the west. Other supposed balloons are seen March 22 or earlier over Kaunas Fortress, Lithuania; and Modlin Fortress (in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki), Sosnowiec, Dąbrowa Górnicza, and Dąbrowice, Poland. As they remain stationary for as long as 40 minutes, some assume they are piloted by German spies.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Spying by Balloon,” New York Evening World, March 25, 1892, p. 1; “Balloons As German Spies,” New York Times, March 26, 1892, p. 3; “Steering Military Balloons,” Birmingham Daily Post, March 31, 1892, p. 8; Clark 45; Brett Holman, “The Phantom Balloon Scare of 1892,” Airminded, July 11, 2009
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_90

Event 798 (33EEB508)

Date: 4/16/1892
Location: Przemyśl Fortress, Poland
Description: Witnesses at Przemyśl Fortress, Poland, see a bright point of light in the north that seems to be a sphere emitting searchlight beams above and below it. The object is hovering at an altitude of 2,100 feet and begins circling.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Poland 7–8
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_91

Event 799 (F082AE45)

Date: 6/1/1892
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Description: Night. A large balloon carrying a searchlight and four passengers passes over Newark, New Jersey, descending as low as 20 feet from the ground.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Trenton (N.J.) Times, June 2, 1892; Clark III 70
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_92

Event 800 (AF1FD674)

Date: 6/19/1892
Location: Conyers, Georgia
Description: Night. J. L. Shaw of Conyers, Georgia, sees a mysterious light in the sky from which balls of fire fall to the ground near him.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Saw Balls of Fire,” Atlanta Constitution, June 21, 1892, p. 10
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_93

Event 801 (1ABCA06B)

Date: 8/30/1892
Location: Waxahachie, Texas
Description: 11:00 p.m. Several people in Waxahachie, Texas, see a “kind of balloon” with colored lights passing over the northern part of the city after hearing a man shouting a greeting.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:What Was It?” Galveston \(Tex.) Daily News, September 2, 1892, p. 6; Clark III 70
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_94

Event 802 (0597BCC1)

Date: 9/20/1892
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Description: Large quantities of a white, thread-like substance fall from the sky during a rainstorm at Gainesville, Florida. Samples are sent to arachnologist George Marx of the US Department of Agriculture, who performs a chemical analysis that shows it to be from migrating spiders.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Spider Web from the Clouds,” Scientific American 67 \(1892\): 325
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_95


Year: 1893, 7 Event(s), (Back to Top)

Event 803 (B1C7C79D)

Date: 1893
Location: Australia
Description: In 1893, an Australian farmer had a lasting encounter with a saucer-shaped UFO. After approaching the landed craft, a being in unusual attire emerged and directed a light beam at him, rendering him stunned and eventually leading to a permanent paralysis in his hand. The incident left a lasting impact on his life. (Chapter 2, Ref 95)
Type: UFO sighting
Reference: It Didn't Start with Roswell, by Philip L. Rife, 2001
Source: Rife, ID: Rife_89

Event 804 (32D798EB)

Date: 1893
Location: Chicago World's Fair
Description: In the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, outside the Columbian Exposition, an attraction named "Men from Outer Space" displayed the bodies of four purported occupants recovered from a crashed aerial object. Accounts of this display are based on recollections from visitors at the time, describing the bodies as about three feet tall, hairless, and with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, all preserved in glass containers filled with formaldehyde. (Chapter 2, Refs 109)
Type: UFO sighting
Reference: It Didn't Start with Roswell, by Philip L. Rife, 2001
Source: Rife, ID: Rife_102

Event 805 (C59E5E0F)

Date: 2/24/1893
Time: ~22:00
Location: CHEJU ISLANDS, KOREA
Description: HMS Caroline. Formation / disks going north. Brown colored contrails. Seen against mountains.
Type: sighting
Reference: FLAMMONDE, Paris: UFO EXIST!; Ballentine Books, NY 1976. PB 480pp. (Index 71)
Source: Hatch, ID: Hatch_UDB_145

Attributes: SEA: Observer(s) at sea, MIL: Observer(s) military, HQO: High-quality observer(s), SCR: Classic saucer/disk/sphere shaped UFO, NOC: No entity/occupant seen by observer(s), OBS: Observation/chasing vehicles

Extra Data: Country: "Korea(both sides)", Credibility: "9", Duration: "120", Elev: "0", HatchDesc: "CHEJU ISLS,KOREA:HMS CAROLINE:FORMn/DISKS >N:BRN CONTRAILS:seen against mtns", LatLong: "33.333335 126.416673", LatLongDMS: "33:20:00 N 126:25:00 E", Locale: "High Seas", LocationLink: "Google Maps", State/Prov: "SKR", Strangeness: "6"

Event 806 (7040A82E)

Date: 2/24/1893
End date: 2/25/1893
Locations: Jeju Island, South Korea; Korea Strait; Hallasan volcano on Jeju; Port Hamilton [now the Korean islands of Geomundo]
Description: 10:00 p.m. Charles James Norcock, captain of the corvette HMS Caroline, is sailing about 16 miles south of Jeju Island, South Korea, in the Korea Strait when the officer of the watch observes some round lights resembling “Chinese lanterns festooned between the masts of a lofty vessel.” They are moving slowly north and appear to be in the air between the ship and the Hallasan volcano on Jeju. They are visible until roughly 12:00 midnight, sometimes appearing as a mass, other times strung out more in an irregular line. The ship’s crew observes them again the next night as they are sailing east from Port Hamilton [now the Korean islands of Geomundo]. This time they are visible until dawn. Although there are some odd characteristics of this observation, the likeliest explanation is that they are inferior mirages of distant fishing boats, as atmospheric conditions are favorable on these dates.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference: Charles J. Norcock, “An Atmospheric Phenomenon in the North China Sea,” Nature 48 \(1893\): 76–77; Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht, Redemption of the Damned, vol. 1, Anomalist, 2019, pp. 253–281
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_96

Event 807 (F1704B55)

Date: 8/18/1893
Locations: Leslie; Cumberland County, Kentucky
Description: Sunrise. People living near the small hamlet of Leslie in Cumberland County, Kentucky, notice that the sun has a peculiar color. Thousands of small discs, seemingly about the size of a wagon wheel, appear in the sky, all of them in motion. They appear round in shape from far away, but when closer to the ground they change to triangles, squares, or odd forms. Their colors vary: Some are bright red, others green or black, but when they are close to the ground they are all a deep purple color. All are silent. The phenomenon lasts about one hour, during which time the villagers fear it is judgment day.
Reference: Eberhart
Reference:Judgment Day,” St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 20, 1893, p. 9
Source: EberhartUFOI, ID: Eberhart_97

Event 808 (E0857D7B)

Date: 8/26/1893
Description: In Leslie, Kentucky thirty minutes after sunrise the sun took on a "peculiar color" and the sky became filled with thousands of discs, the size of wagon wheels, in motion. They would change shape into triangles, squares, and odd forms. They were various colors, including red, green, black, and red.
Reference: Johnson
Reference: Jerome Clark, International UFO Reporter, April 2003, p. 19, citing the Arizona Republic, August 27, 1893
Source: Johnson, ID: Johnson_5350

Event 809 (E3E5A825)

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