April 14th, 1561 an event occurred over Nuremberg. From the description it bears all the hallmarks of a massive space battle between two opposing fleets. The original document resides in the Central Library of Zurich, Switzerland.
It described as follows, in italics, with my comments inserted:
In the morning of April 14, 1561, at daybreak, between 4 and 5 a.m., a dreadful apparition occurred on the sun, and then this was seen in Nuremberg in the city, before the gates and in the country – by many men and women. At first there appeared in the middle of the sun two blood-red semi-circular arcs, just like the moon in its last quarter. And in the sun, above and below and on both sides, the color was blood, there stood a round ball of partly dull, partly black ferrous color. Likewise there stood on both sides and as a torus about the sun such blood-red ones and other balls in large number, about three in a line and four in a square, also some alone. In between these globes there were visible a few blood-red crosses, between which there were blood-red strips, becoming thicker to the rear and in the front malleable like the rods of reed-grass, which were intermingled, among them two big rods, one on the right, the other to the left, and within the small and big rods there were three, also four and more globes.
At this stage we could interpret this as a “Sun Dogs” phenomenon. The effect of low clouds at dawn could have refracted the light of the sun to create further reflections, the crosses, strips etc described. A classic sundog is unusual, two false suns refracted either side of the sun, and looks like this:
But now the description of events takes on a more sinister feel:
These all started to fight among themselves, so that the globes, which were first in the sun, flew out to the ones standing on both sides, thereafter, the globes standing outside the sun, in the small and large rods, flew into the sun. Besides the globes flew back and forth among themselves and fought vehemently with each other for over an hour.
OK, people have been staring directly at the rising sun, not a great idea. So perhaps this “fighting” is just the effect of retinal damage from staring too long at the sun? Or are the Globes actually flying saucers or death stars? Are the rods really great cylindrical space ships?
And when the conflict in and again out of the sun was most intense, they became fatigued to such an extent that they all, as said above, fell from the sun down upon the earth ‘as if they all burned’ and they then wasted away on the earth with immense smoke.
This part sounds much more as though some event took place that cannot be explained by Sundogs. Is it possible that a meteor shower hit the atmosphere at the same time as a sundog phenomenon? Possible, but unlikely. Is it possible that two alien space fleets were engaged in a battle above the earth? Are the “Globes” fleet carriers and the “rods” some type of fighter craft? Let’s continue with the original text:
After all this there was something like a black spear, very long and thick, sighted; the shaft pointed to the east, the point pointed west.
Could this black spear be the victorious fleet carrier? It reminds me of craft from Star Wars:
Whatever such signs mean, God alone knows. Although we have seen, shortly one after another, many kinds of signs on the heaven, which are sent to us by the almighty God, to bring us to repentance, we still are, unfortunately, so ungrateful that we despise such high signs and miracles of God. Or we speak of them with ridicule and discard them to the wind, in order that God may send us a frightening punishment on account of our ungratefulness. After all, the God-fearing will by no means discard these signs, but will take it to heart as a warning of their merciful Father in heaven, will mend their lives and faithfully beg God, that He may avert His wrath, including the well-deserved punishment, on us, so that we may temporarily here and perpetually there, live as his children. For it, may God grant us his help, Amen. By Hanns Glaser, letter-painter of Nurnberg.
Maybe this was a highly unusual celestial event. Perhaps two events occurred at the same time, a Sundog phenomenon, and also an asteroid striking the atmosphere and burning up in thousands of meteor trails.
Perhaps two interstellar fleets annihilated each other in Earth orbit and we were dumb witnesses to greater galactic events. If so, will these great interstellar fleets return some day?
Perhaps an alien race was attempting an invasion of Earth. Were we saved from invasion by the benign actions of an advanced race who want to preserve Earth from invasion. Perhaps they are observing us all the time, waiting for the right time to introduce themselves?
Perhaps it is time to re-read my post on Ancient Egyptian Powertools. Just click on the JACKHAMMER to follow the link.