On August 28, 1663, chroniclers of the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery recorded an inexplicable phenomenon which took place in the nearby village of Robozero (present day Vologda region).
In 1970, a magazine called “Knowledge is power” published a story by Yury Rostsius titled “The Robozero Miracle”. The author had come upon a unique testimonial document which remained deposited in the archives of a history university and told the story, written by monks, of a mysterious flying body.
Citing fragments from this ancient record, Rostsius writes “…Its strange language and intricate words are difficult to understand, but if translated to modern language it would sound like this: ‘On 28 August, 1663, between 10am and 12pm local time, a loud noise was heard and a huge flaming object appeared out of the clear sky; its diameter not less than 40 meters (that is the height of a twelve storey building!), was moving southwards and sliding above the surface of the Robozero lake.
‘Two fiery beams were emanating from the front of the object; grey smoke was coming out of its sides. Passing some distance over the lake, the body suddenly disappeared. However, after a short time it appeared again, nearly half a kilometer southwest from the spot where it vanished. This time its brightness reduced before it disappeared once more.
‘Again, a little while later, that same red-hot body, becoming brighter and more frightful, emerged half a kilometer more to the west, before it faded and disappeared.
‘The overall time the strange object was in the sky – about one and a half hours. The lake is not a large one – roughly two kilometers in length and one kilometer in width. During that time, two peasants were traveling in a boat down the lake and attempted to come closer to the object, but were unsuccessful. Being near it was unbearably hot. The light coming from its body was so bright that one could see the lake’s bed and fish swimming away from the fire. The surface where the fire was burning the water while moving turned into a rusty-brown film, which was later dispersed by the wind.’”
The question of what exactly occurred on that day still remains open. Rostsius goes on to refute all possible theories of mass hallucinations, meteorites and ball lighting, and the answer seems simple – an unidentified flying object or UFO. Similar sightings of bright objects have taken place all over the world. In November 1928 a UFO appeared over the city of Milton (North Dakota, USA) in the shape of an inverted dish, illuminating the ground with bright rays of light. On January 1, 1931, witnesses say an object passed over the province of Ontario in Canada, also radiating light before disappearing.