Unusual aerial phenomena have been reported throughout history. Some of these may have astronomical phenomena such as comets or bright meteors, or atmospheric optical phenomena such as parhelia. Examples of these reports include:
During the reign of the Pharaoh Thutmose III around 1450 BC, there is a description of multiple “circles of fire” brighter than the sun and about 5 meters size that appeared over multiple days.
General yoritsume and his army observed undignified globes of light flying in erratic patterns in the night sky near Kyoto, Japan. The general’s advisers told him not to worry – it was merely the wind causing the starts to sway.
The skies over Nuremberg, Germany were repotedly filled with a multitude of objects seemingly engaged in an aerial battle. Small spheres and discs were said to emerge from large cylinders.
These sightings were usually treated as supernatural portents, angels, and other religious omens. Some contemporary investigators believe them to be the ancient equivalent of modern UFO reports.