The story of a sighting a thousand years ago in China

Shen Kuo, a very famous Chinese scientist, wrote that during the reign of Emperor Renzong (1022-1063 AD) a shiny object like a pearl flew over the city of Yangzhou at night, and was previously seen and described by the inhabitants of Anhui and then from those of Jiangsu.
Shen obtained direct testimony from a man who saw the curious object near Xingkai Lake, saying that it;

Step taken from; “Dream Pool Essays”, chapter; “Strange Happenings” Dong (2000), 69–70:

“…opened its door and a flood of intense light like sunbeams darted out of it, then the outer shell opened up, appearing as large as a bed with a big pearl the size of a fist illuminating the interior in silvery white. The intense silver-white light, shot from the interior, was too strong for human eyes to behold; it cast shadows of every tree within a radius of ten miles. The spectacle was like the rising Sun, lighting up the distant sky and woods in red. Then all of a sudden, the object took off at a tremendous speed and descended upon the lake like the Sun setting.”

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