These extraordinary images have got experts baffled
Extraordinary green flashes of light have been spotted in the sky above Siberia, baffling experts and residents as they question whether it was a meteor, a missile, or even aliens.
The spectacle lit up the sky around Lake Baikal in the early evening on Tuesday.
Initially, people thought the green flash with a tail was a missile launched by Vladimir Putin’s military in Orenburg, which ‘successfully’ hit its target of the Kamchatka peninsula near the Pacific.
Drivers on this road going through Siberia noticed the incredible flashes of light in the evening sky
The bright light looks like it could have been a meteor or part of a falling missile as it hurtles across the sky
The object was described as white with a green tail by some of the witnesses who were a little spooked by the sight
However, it was last discovered that the timing appears wrong as the ICBM RS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile would have crossed this part of Siberia several hours earlier.
This incredible footage shows the moment people spotted the flashes in the sky as they drove home in the early evening.
While social media buzzed with claims of visitors from outer space with comments like ‘Maybe aliens?’ and ‘Soon there will be reports about mutants’ experts disagreed sharply over the unidentified flying object seen low in the sky.
A witnesses reported that ‘a comet fell from the sky – it was glowing bright green (and quite large)….’
Another witness said: ‘At 19.30 in the sky a comet or a meteor was flying. There was a powerful flash. Who else saw it?’
Mikhail Ovdin said: ‘In the area of Goryachinsk we saw a sharp light of bright green colour.
‘And then we saw the object flying, leaving behind a trail.
Experts have been left baffled and many disagree with one another as to what the object is, with some arguing manmade and some arguing it is space matter
One expert said there would have been a shockwave and people would have felt it if the object had been a meteor and it must therefore be manmade
‘It flew within five seconds, and disappeared over Lake Baikal. I think it burned down in the atmosphere.’
The head of the Astronomical Observatory at Buryat State University in Ulan-Ude, Liliya Mironova, insists the object was manmade.
She told The Siberian Times: ‘I myself did not witness the incident, but I saw the videos.
‘I can say with certainty that it was not a meteorite, nor a meteor or a comet.
‘It is clear that we are talking about some sort of man-made object.
‘Firstly, if it reached the ground, there would be a shock wave, and everybody would have felt it.
‘But it did not reach the ground.’
In contrast to other experts, she said it was travelling ‘very slow’ in the sky.
She disputed the object was burning out in the sky.
Several people suggested it was a missile, which would have been launched from Yasnenkoye, but some said the missile would have been seen much earlier in the day
The director of the Observatory of Irkutsk State University, Sergei Yazev, disagreed and said: ‘Without doubt, we are talking about a space bolide.’
A bolide is a meteor that explodes in the atmosphere rather than falling to the ground as a meteorite.
The images of the object were ‘typical’ of a bolide, he said.
He said: ‘It was burning in the atmosphere, the green glow was because of the high temperature….’
He also ruled out other manmade objects like a satellite falling to Earth from space orbit.
‘We can assume that the size of the meteor was about 50 centimetres,’ he said.
This would make it ten times smaller than the Chelyabinsk meteorite of 2013 which shattered windows in the Urals before falling into a lake.
‘It may well be that it was not all burned out and some small stone debris could fall to the ground,’ he said.
If so, it could have splashed into Baikal.
But the director of Irkutsk planetarium Pavel Nikiforov said there had been no reports of a ‘celestial object’ falling to earth and he believed this sighting was manmade, most likely a falling part of a missile.
Source: Daily Mail