Friday Foofaraw: March 10, 2017

Historical UFO’s Edition

Someone once wrote to Thomas Jefferson, asking his advice regarding a luminous object “the size of a large house” which had passed over Baton Rouge at an elevation of about 200 feet, lighting the area like the sun before flying off to the Northeast and apparently exploding. The description sounds to me like something similar to the Tunguska Event, albeit on a much smaller scale.

 
In 1897, a large reddish ball was seen to fly over Basque country in Spain, sometimes coming very close to ground level. This is a bit stranger because it seemed to vanish and reappear over a few different nights. Some have suggested that this was an example of a weird effect where gases escaping from the earth become briefly illuminated; however the frequency of the sightings, the object’s spherical shape and apparent height off the ground all argue against this conclusion.

Going waaay back, Plutarch reported on an apparent UFO in his Lucullus:

“But presently, as they were on the point of joining battle, with no apparent change of weather, but all on a sudden, the sky burst asunder, and a huge, flame-like body was seen to fall between the two armies. In shape, it was most like a wine-jar, and in colour, like molten silver. Both sides were astonished at the sight, and separated.”

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