History of UFO
June 19, 2007 3:02am CST
Unusual aerial phenomena have been reported throughout history. Many of these phenomena were undoubtedly astronomical in nature: comets, bright meteors, one or more of the five planets which can be seen with the naked-eye, planetary conjunctions, or atmospheric optical phenomena such as parhelia and lenticular clouds. Other historical reports seem to defy prosaic explanation, but assessing such accounts is difficult at best, since the information in an historical document may be insufficient to make a sensible evaluation. Additionally, the degree to which an historical report does not accurately describe, or even embellishes upon, an observed phenomenon is very difficult to evaluate. * The ancient Hindu Ramayana describes the use of complicated flying machines, which have become the object of ufological speculation. * During the reign of Pharaoh Thutmose III around 1450 BC, there is a description of multiple “circles of fire” brighter than the Sun and about 5 metres in size that appeared over multiple days. They finally disappeared after ascending higher in the sky. * The Roman author Julius Obsequens writes that in 99 BC, “in Tarquinia towards sunset, a round object, like a globe, a round or circular shield, took its path in the sky from west to east.” * On September 24, 1235, General Yoritsune and his army observed unidentified globes of light flying in erratic patterns in the night sky near Kyoto, Japan. The general’s advisers told him not to worry — it was merely the wind causing the stars to sway. * On April 14, 1561 the skies over Nuremberg, Germany were reportedly filled with a multitude of objects seemingly engaged in an aerial battle. Small spheres and discs were said to emerge from large cylinders.(image right) These sightings were usually treated as supernatural portents, angels, and other religious omens. Some contemporary investigators believe them to be the ancient equivalent of modern UFO reports.