Though the story has become somewhat of an ancient UFO case. The aerial phenomenon may not be as unique as Pliny first thought, but let’s examine what he wrote and what was claimed to have been seen.
Back of the envelope calculations show that Pliny was born about 100 years after the UFO event he describes as spark from a falling star, so even his writings may not be accurate to the actual sighting that took place in 76BC. His description of the UFO was ”a candle star” that resembled Venus.
The description also combines elements of “shooting stars”, “balls of fire”, “night suns”, “torches”, and certain kinds of shirt-lived “comets” that are recorded by Pliny and also elsewhere in Roman literature.
Pliny never mentioned the shape of the “spark from a falling star”, but he compared the size of the UFO to moons, which suggests it could have be round or spherical. This leads researchers to believe that it may not have been an UFO or craft from another civilization at all, but in fact a meteoric fireball.
Whatever was seen and written about a century later will probably never be known, but Pliny’s writings have cemented this UFO case as only the third ever reported sighting in history that followed the 1440 BC Ancient Egypt UFO Case and then the 218BC Phantom Ship in Italy.
Do you think the writings are a report of an unidentified aerial craft, which from that time would have to have come from alien origin or do you think it was merely a natural cause, like a meteorite? Join the discussion and let us know in the comments below.