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Mirabilis Annus - 30 October 1660, Austy, England - Multiple objects and a Body of Fire which rose up into the Air



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quoted in 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

Several persons who were going to Ware Market suddenly saw a terrible flash of lightning, after which the night became brighter and brighter, until a great fiery thing appeared in the East and ascended. Three star-like objects fell from it vertically. The large object changed to a crescent shape and remained in view until dawn.

The same thing was seen by five people going from Hertford to London: they saw the flash of lightning, which was as bright as the noonday sun and made it seem that their horses were on fire. One suspects a fireball or very bright meteor, but the story disproves this hypothesis: "Within a little space, this Body of Fire rose up again into the Air, with a tayl (sic) about a Pole long, and went Eastward, where at last it fixed itself in the sky like a star".

Source: Mirabilis Annus (1661).

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