The Nyremberg Event

The Mysterious Nuremberg Event


It was in April 1561 when all residents of Nuremberg, Germany, came out of their houses to investigate mysterious lights and loud sounds. They watched the sky, panicked, witnessing some kind of battle—and all of this in daylight.

The event lasted for about one hour. Artist Hans Glaser documented this strange event for the German Nuremberg Gazette. Describing the event, he refers to crosses, tubes, wheels, multi-coloured objects and globes over the city. Hundreds of them. Objects would disappear in smoke, some even crashing into the ground. The smoke was visible for miles.

Some would dismiss all of this to the appearance of meteors or comets, even other natural events, but the uniqueness of the Nuremberg incident eliminates such interpretations.

…the dreadful apparition filled the morning sky with cylindrical shapes from which emerged black, red, orange and blue-white spheres that darted about. Between the spheres, there were crosses with the color of blood. This frightful spectacle was witnessed by ‘numerous men and women.’ Afterwards, a black, spear-like object appeared. The author of the Gazette warned that ‘the God-fearing will by no means discard these signs, but will take it to heart as a warning of their merciful Father in heaven, will mend their lives and faithfully beg God, that he avert His wrath, including the well-deserved punishment, on us, so that we may, temporarily here and perpetually there, live as His children.’- Abstract from the Nuremberg Gazette.

A few years later, in 1566, another similar event took place in Basel, Switzerland, but this time it involved black orbs in a sky skirmish above the city. That event was also recorder at the time in the city’s gazette.

Another similar event took place in 1697 in Hamburg, Germany, where the crowd watched two enormous glowing wheels in the sky above the city.

Unfortunately, there were no cameras available back then to take photos or videos of the events, so newspaper references and drawings are our only evidence and remain open to the interpretations of many.

Chris White has recently made a failed effort to debunk the Nuremberg event to sky reflections and the ‘sun dog’ lighting effect produced by the Sun, without offering any explanations for the sounds, the crashed objects or the smoke, and merely hypothesizing that these  particulars could simply be either the imagination of the people or nothing at all. 

Is it possible that the entire event never happened and the newspaper reference was just a joke? We will probably not know until someone deeply investigates the historical evidence, including Nuremberg and other references. After all, an event like this must have been mentioned somewhere else too.

Unfortunately, people like Chris try to extend their ‘evidence’ by presenting personal opinions instead of presenting evidence that supports the opposite argument, operating with the sole purpose of debunking for debunking’s sake and undermining other people’s work, as well as the people witnessing the events. In doing so it appears that they seek acceptance, which in a way makes me feel sorry for them. I wonder if there is another agenda behind these kinds of efforts, or just a psychological need.

It is up to you to choose what to believe, but use the evidence and take it further, and above all investigate to find the truth.

By John Black

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Jaaydubb's picture

People see any event through the optics of their current understanding. One has to focus solely on the details provided. There was noise. Loud enough to be considered abnormal. Something unusual enough to warrant a wood carving and publication. This was no light undertaking in the pre printed press days. There was smoke, or at least something that would have been observed and interpreted as smoke. As far as I am aware of, Aurora borealis is silent. I'm certain that if a CME was large enough, it could in fact have been seen that far south. But that would only explain the visual aspects of the story, not the auditory. And it would not explain the appearance of something interpreted as smoke. In that day and age, smoke and a loud noise would NOT have been seen as a crash, as they had no point of reference to an arial machine crashing. To us in this day and age, it's easy to us make that connection, as we have a frame of reference. At the very least, SONETHING happened that was unusual enough to believe that God was responsible. By medieval standards, it must have been a pretty big event. 

I believe, only by reading this article, not the book, that these phenomena were manifestations of Aurora borealis from a solar coronal mass ejection, as the colors red and blue are consistent with common aurora colors, and they form ribbon-like bands of colors, often mixed, and in a circular or wavy pattern that could look like wheels. Since there were no electrical devices in those times, there would have been no other electrical clues, such as those occurred during the Carrington Event when increased sun spots were recorded, followed by disruption of the telegraph system, and there were reports of auroras as far south as the Caribbean. Our understanding of auroras is only in the last century. It was, and in some places, still common to use natural phenomenon as religious signs.

Yes Zuell, that was also the first thing I thought of.

Has nobody done any research into this?

The police or military must have confiscated the wreckage. I cannot imagine they threw it all away.

Sunny Young

Zuell's picture

The discription of the event [to me] is of airborne craft in combat, yet if something had "crashed to the ground" I would think that there would be some type of collected evidence from the event?


ancient-origins's picture

I think time travel is one of the explanations that was given. It is possible, who knows!


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