UFO sighting over Basel, Switzerland in 1566

16th century woodcut of spheres seen over Basel

16th century woodcut of spheres seen over Basel

Type of Case/Report: StandardCase
Hynek Classification: DD
Number of Witnesses: Multiple
Special Features/Characteristics: Multiple UFOs

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16th century woodcutting and newspaper (credit: UFOs at Close Sight)

A 16th century woodcutting depicts a scene in which dark spheres were witnessed hovering over the town of Basel, Switzerland in 1566.

On August 7, 1566, at dawn, many citizens of Basel (Switzerland), frightened, saw during several hours the black spheres involved in a formidable aerial battle, invading the sky of their city: “at the time when the sun rose, one saw many large black balls which moved at high speed in the air towards the sun, then made half-turns, banging one against the others as if they were fighting a battle out a combat, a great number of them became red and igneous, thereafter they were consumed and died out,” wrote Samuel Coccius, the student in “crowned writings and liberal arts” who consigned the strange events in the city’s gazette.