Steve Mera, chairman of the Manchester Association of Paranormal Investigation & Training (MAPIT) and a paranormal specialist and lecturer, said at a conference: “You start to find a lot of religious connotation linked in with the UFO phenomenon.
“This painting [the Eucharist] was painted in the 1600s and nobody ever really knew what that was a painting of, until we kind of looked at Sputnik, which was the first satellite to pass round the Earth,” he said.
Russian workmen carry a model of one of the Sputnik satellites in front of a model of a rocket nose-cone at the Russian Trade Fair at Earl's Court in LondonRay Moreton/Keystone/Getty Images
“What is really, really interesting is it is surprisingly similar to Sputnik, even to the point there is a little nodule there (on Sputnik) and the exact same nodule on the side there [on the object in the painting].”
Clearly, Salimbeni wouldn’t have known about Sputnik. Or would he…?
Mera added: "Did they somehow have knowledge of future events?"
Well, we can probably assume not.
Instead, experts think the ball is a representation of the so-called celestial sphere (or the universe), while the spikes indicate God’s power over it.
But for conspiracy theorists, it’s yet another win for time travel.
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