Go Back Report # 18


       The second report was made on November 1, 1885, at 9:30 P.M., at Adrianople, Turkey, and reads: M. Mavrogordato, of Constantinople, calls our attention to the following strange observations which have been communicated to him.

On November 1, at 9:30 P.M., there was seen, west of Adrianople, an elongated object giving off a strong luminosity. It seemed to float in the air and its apparent disk was four or five times larger than the full moon. It traveled slowly and cast light on the whole camp behind the station with a brightness about ten times greater than a large electric bulb.

In the morning of November 2, at dawn, a very luminous flame, first bluish, then greenish, and moving at a height of five to six meters, made a series of turns around the ferryboat pier at Scutari. Its blinding luminosity lighted the street and flooded the inside of the houses with light. The meteor was visible for one minute and a half and finally fell into the sea. No noise was heard when the immersion took place.

Are these two meteors really bolides? One might doubt it. At any rate, these observations are quite interesting                                                                                                                     

This reference: “Anatomy of a Phenomenon” by Jacques Vallee, p. 14, ©1966

Original reference: L'Astronomie, 1885.    

NOTE: In The Complete Books of Charles Fort, © 1974, p. 288, from The Book of the Damned by Fort published 1919, is the Adrianople story with the same date as Vallee, BUT the reference is given as L’Astronomie 1886-309.-CF- 

UFOCAT PRN – NONE [DOS: ??-??-1885]

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Mysteries of the Skies by Lore & Deneault, p. 54-55, © 1969           

UFOCAT PRN – 10373 [DOS: 11-01-1885]

UFOCAT URN – 103295 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), November 1973, p. 36      

UFOCAT PRN – 10373 [DOS: 11-02-1885]

UFOCAT URN – 010374 Anatomy of a Phenomenon by Jacques Vallee, p. 14, © 1965

UFOCAT URN – 010375 A Century of Landings (N=923) #0008, Jacques Vallee, © 1969

UFOCAT URN – NONE    Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, pp. 34-35, © 1970.

UFOCAT URN – 010373 Computerized Catalog (N=3073) #178 by Jacques Vallee, no date

                                        of publication.

UFOCAT URN – 063683 World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports by Peter Rogerson, #0010, no

                                        date of publication  

Northern Middle East - Turkey

Scutari             Latitude 41-01N, Longitude 29-03E (D-M) [Üsküdar – part of Istanbul]

Adrianople       Latitude 41-40N, Longitude 26-34E [Edirne]

Reference: Gazetteer of Turkey, Published by the Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C., Sept. 1984      

UFO Location (UFOCAT) - Latitude 41.03N, Longitude 29.03E (D.%)  


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