Francesco Fontana - 11 November 1645, Location unknown - Unidentified planetoid near Venus
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
from Wonders In The Sky - Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times - and Their Impact on Human Culture, History, and Beliefs - Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck
A body large enough to be a satellite was seen near Venus from Naples by the astronomer Francesco Fontana. He made further observations of the "satellite" on December 25th 1645 and January 22nd, 1646. Jean-Charles Houzeau, director of the Royal Observatory of Brussels, baptized the satellite with the name "Neith" in the 1880s. Source: Francesco Fontana, Novae coelestium terrestriumq[ue] rerum observationes.. (Naples, 1646).