This list is supplemental to episodes detailed in ‘Towards
the Sky’, a gives a further selection of alien encounters from the many thousands
reported over the past few centuries.
BCE 593 Ezekiel
witnesses event which some writers have claimed sounds suspiciously like a UFO
encounter. Josef Blumrich, former chief of the systems layout branch of NASA,
set out to disprove such suggestions, however, from a careful analysis of the
data available, he concluded that the vehicle described in the Bible actually
was a UFO. His schematic is shown here.
BCE 218 In Julius Obsequen’s book
‘Prodigiorum Liber’ there are reports of a shield flying through the sky,
two moons seen at night, ghost ships in the sky and luminous lamps at Praeneste.
BCE 213 In Hadria, an ‘altar’ was
seen in the sky, accompanied by a man in white clothing.
CE 60 A ‘ship’ was seen speeding
across the sky at night in Scotland.
CE 763 While King Domnall Mac
Murchada attended the fair at Teltown in Meath County, ships were seen in the
CE 776 A translation of ‘Annales
Laurissenses’ reads: "Now when the Saxons perceived things were not going in
their favour, they began to erect scaffolding from which they could bravely
storm the castle itself. But God is good as well as just. He overcame their
valour, and on the same day they prepared an assault against the Christians, who
lived within the castle, the glory of God appeared in manifestation above the
church within the fortress. Those watching outside in that place, of whom many
still live to this very day, say they beheld the likeness of two large shields
reddish in colour in motion above the church …" (1)
CE 919 In Hungary spherical objects
shining like stars were reportedly traversing the sky.
CE 927 "In 927 the town of Verdun,
like the whole eastern part of France, saw fiery armies appearing in the sky.
Flodoard’s chronicle reports that they flew over eastern Reims on a Sunday
morning in March. Similar phenomena happened several times under King Pepin the
Short, under Charlemagne, under Louis I, the Debonair. These sovereign’s
capitularia mention penalties against creatures that travel on aerial ships."
29.07.966 A luminous vertical
cylinder was observed over the ocean.
23.08.1015 Two objects were seen
‘giving birth’ to smaller luminous spheres over Japan.
1034 A cigar-shaped object
surrounded by flames flew over Europe following a straight path from south to
east, before turning towards the setting sun. (3)
12.08.1133 A large silvery disk is
reported to have come close to the ground in Japan.
"appeared in the sky a kind of large ship, elegantly shaped, well equipped and
of a marvellous colour" over St. Alban’s Abbey on a clear night according to
Mathew of Paris’ ‘Historia Anglorum’. (4)
1290 A large silvery ‘flying disk’
was observed at Byland Abbey, Yorkshire.
01.11.1461 An object shaped like a
ship passed over the town of Arras
in France. Jacques Duclerc, a chronicler and counsellor to Duke
Philip the Good, provided an account of this sighting in his ‘Memoirs of a
Freeman of Arras’: "A fiery thing like an iron rod of good length and as
large as one half of the moon was seen in the sky for a little less than quarter
of an hour." (5)
1520 A round shape with a rotating
light or beam, accompanied by ‘two fiery suns’ was described over the skies of
1752 "Luminous sphere coming out of
a bright cylinder" were noted in Augermanland, Sweden.
09.08.1762 An object was observed in
front of the Sun by two different observatories in Switzerland.
30.08.1783 An object was observed
over Greenwich that ‘gave birth’ to eight satellites which disappeared slowly
towards the Southeast.
07.09.1820 Francois Arago wrote of
this date in the ‘Annales de chimie et de physique’: "Numerous observers
have seen, during an eclipse of the moon, strange objects moving in straight
They were equally spaced and remained in line when they made
turns. Their movements made a military precision."
.07.1868 At Capiago in Chile and
aerial construction was observed emitting light with an engine noise (7).
22.03.1870 An object was seen from
the ship "Lady of the Lake" in the Atlantic Ocean that appeared to be a
light-grey coloured disk that flew against the wind (8).
29.08.1871 Astronomer Trouvelot of
the Meudon Observatory noted a number of objects that resembled those witnessed
at Nuremberg and Basel. Among the objects he saw was a circle that first seemed
about to fall, then descended "like a disk falling through water." (9)
24.04.1874 A Professor Schafarick
saw above Prague "an object of such strange nature that I do not know what to
say about it. It was of a blinding white and crossed slowly the face of the
moon. It remained visible afterwards." (10)
23.03.1877 Reports of a "cloud
cigar" at Vence, France where "fiery speres, extremely luminous, came out of a
cloud of peculiar shape and went slowly toward the north for one hour." (11)
24.01.1878 John Martin, a Texas
Farmer, observed a dark flying object, the shape of a disk, cruising high in the
sky "at a wonderful speed." He used the word ‘saucer’ to describe what he saw.
1883 The children and teacher at an
elementary school at Segeberg reported seeing two fiery spheres in the sky with
the apparent diameter of the full Moon. They were reportedly travelling side by
side and not very fast, on a north-south course.
following report appeared in ‘L’Astronomie’: "M. Mavrogordato, of
Constantinople (right), calls our attention to the following strange
observations which have been communicated to him.
(i) On November 1, at 9:30pm, there was seen, west of
Adrianople, an elongated object giving off a strong luminosity. It seemed to
float in the air and its apparent disk was four or five times larger than the
full moon. It travelled slowly and cast light on the whole camp behind the
station with a brightness about ten times greater than a large electric
(ii) In the morning of November 2, at dawn, a very luminous
flame, first bluish, then greenish, and moving at a height of five to six
meters, made a series of turns around the ferryboat pier at Scutari. Its
blinding luminosity lighted the street and flooded the inside of the houses with
12.11.1887 L’Astronomie reported "On
November 12, 1887, at midnight, near Cape Race, a huge ball of fire appeared,
slowly emerging from the ocean to an altitude of sixteen to seventeen meters.
This sphere started moving against the wind and stopped close to the ship from
which it was observed. Then it rushed away in the sky and disappeared in the
southeast. The whole observation had lasted five minutes."
08.01.1888 Luminous bodies were seen
flying through the sky in lines for one hour, according to the ‘Memoirs’
of the Minor Brothers of Ragusa, Italy.