Christopher Columbus, and the sightings of light of 1492. Original article by Alessandro Brizzi.

Christopher Columbus was an Italian navigator and explorer, a citizen of the Republic of Genoa first and subject of the Kingdom of Castile then, famous above all for his travels that led to the European colonization of the Americas. The naval enterprise of Colombo, motivated by the desire to reach the Indies and trade directly and faster, was made possible by the determination of the Genoese traveler but also – as in the case of many discoveries – by his mistake. He claimed that the Earth had a diameter smaller than the actual one.

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At that time, in fact, no ship would have been able to make the more than 20,000 km that separate Spain from Japan, if only because there was no ship capable of storing a sufficient amount of supplies on board the trip, which would have required – under optimal conditions – more than four months. The calculations of Columbus were wrong, while those of his opponents were substantially correct: Columbus estimated in just 4 400 km the distance from the Canary Islands to the Asian coast, a value five times smaller than the real one. The great fortune of Columbus was that his journey was greatly reduced, because on the road to the Indies he found the Americas, otherwise his expedition would surely perished in the middle of the ocean, or he would come back. The sightings of lights of 1492 refer to a series of reports of the crew of the navigator Christopher Columbus on the first trip to the Americas about the presence of lights of unknown nature on the night of 11 October 1492 sighted by the members of the three caravels Santa Maria, Pinta and Niña just before the coast of San Salvador (Bahamas). The sightings were reported in the logbook of Columbus and in Life of the Admiral by Fernando Colombo. Columbus described the light “like a small candle rising and stirring, looking like a sort of earth mark”. For the sighting he received a royal award. His son Ferdinand also described it as a candle that went up and down. Columbus, who sometimes referred to himself as a third-person, pinned events in his Journal. According to the report, a sailor on a look-out named Rodrigo de Triana first saw the light at the “tenth hour of the night”, but could not ascertain its origin due to the weakness of intensity, so he contacted Pedro Gutierrez to ask for details. Later Columbus explained that the light was “a sign of God and first, true and positive indication of a land”.

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This sighting, for me, was an extraterrestrial guide that allowed Columbus to discover the Americas, as happened also for the Magi, when they were guided by a light in the sky to reach the divinity of the newborn Christ

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