1867, November 4: Black Discs Seen Overhead

        On November 4, 1867, something strange was happening in the skies above Chatham, England.

        Objects described as black discs were seen in the air near the town reservoir; they appeared between three and four in the afternoon, in plain daylight, and were seen by multiple people. The discs were in groups and scattered about, too many to count. They passed rapidly through the air, and were visible for at least twenty minutes, appearing like large cannon shot as they passed the sun. Despite this the black discs were not solid, as they were also seen to individually and in groups disappear suddenly, leaving only puffs of grayish brown vapor, like smoke.

        Captain James E. Beveridge wrote to Symon's Monthly Meteorological Magazine both to report the matter and to ask what it could have been. The editor of the magazine attached a note stating that several other persons had also reported the odd occurrence.