Stunning footage taken over Siberia shows a mysterious bright UFO that entered the atmosphere from space on Tuesday and burned brightly in the sky with a green color as it fell to Earth.
The nature of the mysterious white UFO with a green tail sparked a debate among residents of Siberia, with some suggesting it was a military missile. Others said it was a space satellite making re-entry. But some suggested it was a natural space body, such as a bolide or a meteor.
And after experts debating the nature of the UFO were unable to reach a consensus, some UFO researchers suggested to spooked residents on Russian social media that it may have been an alien UFO spacecraft manned by extraterrestrial visitors from space, the Siberian Times reports.
The mystery object was spotted in the air around Lake Baikal in Siberia on Tuesday, according to the Russian Sputnik News.
After hundreds of Siberian drivers returning home from work in the evening reported sighting brilliant flashes of green light in the sky, residents assumed it was part of a missile launched successfully from a nearby military base to hit a target around the Kamchatka peninsula near the Pacific, according to the Daily Mail.
But others pointed out that the reported timing of the Russian RS-18 ICMB test indicated it must have passed over the Lake Baikal area several hours earlier.
This appeared to rule out the possibility that the UFO was part of the missile test.
“A comet fell from the sky – it was glowing bright green (and quite large)….”
“At 19.30 in the sky a comet or a meteor was flying. There was a powerful flash. Who else saw it?”
“A strange flash in the sky – looked like a comet with a green tail.”
“In the area of Goryachinsk, we saw a sharp light of bright green color,” Mikhail Ovdin, the official in charge of a nearby nature reserve reported. “And then we saw the object flying, leaving behind a trail. It flew within five seconds, and disappeared over Lake Baikal. I think it burned down in the atmosphere.”
The nature of the UFO also sparked a debate among local experts who disagreed sharply over what it might have been.
Some experts insisted it was a man-made or artificial object falling from space, while others insisted it was a meteor or a bolide that exploded in the air before it reached the ground.
According to Liliya Mironova, head of the Astronomical Observatory at Buryat State University in Ulan-Ude, the UFO was a slow-moving artificial or man-made made body.
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“I myself did not witness the incident, but I saw the videos,” she told the Siberian Times. “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,” she added.
But other experts disagreed with her.
Sergei Yazev, who heads the observatory at Irkutsk State University, ruled out the possibility that the UFO was a man-made or artificial object, such as space junk making re-entry from orbit.
He insisted it was a bolide.
“Without doubt, we are talking about a space bolide. It was burning in the atmosphere, the green glow was because of the high temperature…,” he said
A bolide is a large space rock or meteor that explodes in the atmosphere and disintegrates before hitting the ground.
“We can assume that the size of the meteor was about 50 centimeters,” he added. “It may well be that it was not all burned out and some small stone debris could fall to the ground.”
Pavel Nikiforov, who heads the Irkutsk planetarium, agreed with Mironova that the object was not a natural body but a man-made object, such as part of a missile falling back to Earth.
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