Circular ships, vertical aerial cylinders, spheres, disks, wheels in the sky, hat-shaped things, flying pillars or columns and triangular-shaped objects.
At first glance, you might think those are common, almost daily, descriptions of UFOs reported by eyewitnesses. Well, yes … sort of. Those are the actual words, found in ancient texts, that characterize unidentified flying objects, spanning biblical accounts through the 1800s.
And that’s exactly what two leading researchers have done: trace the huge numbers of UFOs reported that couldn’t possibly be attributed to or misinterpreted as artificially constructed objects seen in the sky.
In their book “Wonders in the Sky,” (Tarcher/Penguin) renowned computer scientist and astronomer Jacques Vallee and scholar/historian Chris Aubeck tackle the question of how to interpret all of the unexplained aerial sightings that occurred before the age of industrialization.
Vallee, who was a featured panelist discussing UFOs at last month’s highly touted Global Competitiveness Forum in Saudi Arabia, served as the model for the French scientist portrayed by Francois Truffaut in Steven Spielberg’s classic 1977 UFO film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
“My passion was always about when did this phenomenon start? That’s a question that any scientist should be asking when you’re confronted with a new phenomenon. When did it really begin? So we wanted to go as far back as we could, and to stop before there was anything human in the sky,” Vallee told AOL News.
To that end, Vallee and Aubeck examined more than 500 unexplained aerial sightings, including one case from 1513 in Rome, Italy. The eyewitness: celebrated sculptor, painter and architect Michelangelo. What he saw: a flying triangle.
“He was so impressed, he made a painting of it, but the painting didn’t survive. We only know about it from art historians,” Vallee said. “For cases like this to have survived, they had to come from people who were not weirdos and cranks, because these cases come from the archives of historians, castles, dukes and kings and the church, and they had been investigated. The cases that have survived the test of time have been the ones that have credibility.”
Another case, from 1663, near Bieloziero, Russia, involved a crowd of people who saw a fiery object emitting “burning beams.” Vallee says a formal report was written by the St. Cyrille monastery. “There was a great sound and the people came out of the church to find out what it was, and they witnessed a large ball of fire that arrived from the cloudless heavens.”
According to the official monastery report, the object “moved along the lake, passing over the water surface. The ball of fire measured some 140 feet from one edge to the other, and over the same distance, ahead of it, two ardent rays extended … and the big fire and two smaller ones disappeared. Less than an hour later, the people again came out to the square and the same fire suddenly reappeared over the same lake.”
For as long as people have been leaving behind written records of their experiences, there have been depictions of strange objects seen in the sky, some even drawn by humans on cave walls. But Vallee didn’t want to go back that far, historically.
“We wanted to stay away from legends and vague interpretations or even religious things because we are not the ones to comment on that. I wanted cases that had a date and a place and the name of a witness, and the time of day, if we could.
“It turns out, in a surprising number of cases, we have all of that. We do have a lot of precision on who, what, where — the questions a good cop would ask.”
Vallee has spent nearly 50 years looking for answers about UFOs. He asserts that the notion that man is in contact with celestial spirits or beings, and that man can travel to the stars and through the stars to higher levels, is an idea that goes as far back as you can trace civilization.
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