Go Back Report # 1199



5 December 1737, Sheffield, England

Beams of hot light from a luminous body


At about 5 P.M. a peculiar phenomenon was seen. The witness (astronomer Thomas Short) described it as "a dark red cloud that made its appearance, with a luminous body underneath that sent out very brilliant beams of light."

       It did not look anything like aurora borealis, because the light beams were moving slowly for some time, then stopped. Suddenly the air was so hot that he had to take off his shirt, although he was outside.


Reference for the above text is: Wonders in the Sky, by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, p. 253, © 2009.

Original reference: Thomas Short, "An Account of Several Meteors, Communicated in a Letter from Thomas Short, MD to the President," Philosophical Transactions (1683-1775), 41 (1739-1741): 625-630.


UFOCAT PRN – 103271 [DOS: 12-05-1737]

UFOCAT URN – 103271 Anatomy of a Phenomenon by Jacques Vallee, pp. 8-9, © 1965.


UFOCAT PRN – 120915 [DOS: 12-05-1737]

UFOCAT URN – 103271 Harold T. Wilkins in Flying Saucer Magazine, November 1973, p. 36

UFOCAT URN – 120915 Best UFO Cases—Europe by Illobrand von Ludwiger, p. 3, ©1998


Europe – United Kingdom

Sheffield           Latitude 53-23-31 N, Longitude 001-32-15 W (D-M-S)

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/



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