UFOs Throughout History
Historical documents describe no abductions similar or comparable to those of today, but do describe almost identical UFO sightings. In 1820, a very reputable French astronomer named François Arago published in Annales de chimie et de physique (chemistry and physics journals) an observation that he had made while using a refractor telescope.
In the 16th century, the Nuremberg and Basel Gazettes, on April 14, 1561 and August 7, 1566, respectively, reported the sighting of two flying objects that supposedly displayed flaming balls and large cylinders. Engravings of these events show that the cylinders contained balls, which resemble observations made during the 1954 wave, in France.
A work by the Swedish painter Olaus Petri depicts seven bright disks that were seen over Stockholm on April 20, 1535. Around 100 B.C., Pliny the Elder, in his work, Natural History, tells of a flight of clipei ardentes, “blazing shields.” He used the term clipeus, which refers to a round shield (as opposed to the rectangular shield used by legionaries). Seneca, in his work, Naturales Quaestiones, twice mentions these clipei ardentes.
The Mahabharata and Ramayana, the two most sacred writings of the Hindu religion, mention vimanas. These are metallic vehicles shaped like an egg or sphere and piloted by demons, the Asuras, who use them to attack the world. These spacecraft are compared to “clouds as bright as fire.” The Mahabharata dates back to about 1000 B.C., and the Ramayana to the 5th century A.D