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A case of 1561:

Between 1561 and 1566 residents of Nuremberg, Germany and Basel, Switzerland allegeldy witnessed spectacular displays of spheres, disks and tubes zooming about the sky and engaging in an aerial ballet.

Woodcut of an "aerial UFO battle over Nurnberg", now Nuremberg, Germany on April 4, 1561 - Some "aircraft" crashed. As a result of religious interpretation, medieval artists interpreted fuselages and wings as crosses, and rockets became tubes full of balls. Or is it the other way around? Or was it a severe mispreprentation of an artillery battle, as Carl-Gustav Jung suggested?


(From the Wickiana collection, Zurich, Switzerland.)

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