UFO Conjecture(s)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Leonardo Da Vinci's UFO sighting

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5 Comments:

  • The direction from Milan would be NNW and away into France. Otherwise the description sounds like a major volcanic event.

    More mundane might be the idea of a dramatic thunderhead cloud being more colourful under peculiar atmospheric conditions and the setting sun?

    It explains the various elements and, if we had a date, there might just be more information out there about it.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Sunday, April 14, 2013  

  • I'll see if I can get the date, Kandinsky.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, April 14, 2013  

  • From The Unknown Leonardo {McGraw Hill Books, NY, 1974, Page 66} from which the excerpt was grabbed {Page 297]:

    "In 1504 he [Leonardo] went to Piombino, on the west coast of the Italian peninsula, to undertake a study of military installations."

    And on Page 63, "On July 22, 1503, 'the day of the Magdalene,' Leonardo started some cartographic surveys of the valley of the Arno from Florence to the sea" [dealing with fortifications].

    So while an exact date isn't given, we can assume his "sighting" took place in the time-frame July 22 1503 to "the last months of 1504."

    I don't think it was from volcanic activity or a splendid storm as Leonardo didn't note such proclivities.

    It was an odd observation that made an impact on him, as he used it as part of an apocalyptic vision in his later years [Page 66].

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, April 14, 2013  

  • http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01753/northern-lights1_1753909i.jpg

    What did Leonardo know of the Northern Lights phenomena?

    By Blogger Parakletos, at Sunday, April 14, 2013  

  • Found this in my "The Prophet and the Astronomer" book:

    "Aeneas's father, Anchises, is refusing his son's urging to leave his palace and the crumbling Troy before it's too late. To help him out of his quandary, Anchises asks for a sign from the gods and is promptly granted quite a display:

    'The old man had hardly spoken when from our left came
    A sudden crash of thunder, and a shooting star slid down
    The sky's dark face, drawing a trail of light behind it.
    We watched the star as it glided high over the palace's roof,
    And blazing a path, buried its brightness deep in the woods of
    Ida; when it was gone, it left in its wake a long furrow
    Of light, and a sulphurous smoke spread widely over the terrain.
    That did convince my father.
    '"

    From Virgil, The Aeneid [bk. 2, lines 694-701], Great Books of the Western World, ed. Mortimer J. Adler, vol. 12 (Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1990), p. 116.

    By Blogger Parakletos, at Tuesday, April 16, 2013  

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