Columbus, it appears, saw a UFO. While patrolling the
deck of the Santa Maria at about 10:00 p.m. on October
11, 1492, Columbus thought he saw "a light glimmering
at a great distance." He hurriedly summoned Pedro
Gutierrez, "a gentleman of the king's bedchamber,"
who also saw the light. After a short time it vanished,
only to reappear several times during the night, each
time dancing up and down "in sudden and passing
gleams." The light, first seen four hours before
land was sighted, was never explained.