Thousands of astonished residents in western Siberia witnessed on Tuesday, November 17, a mysterious bright UFO streaking across the skies. The UFO — shown in the video below — was seen in the sky over the city of Omsk and filmed over a local IKEA store. The sighting sparked rumors of an alien UFO visitation on Russian social media as people debated and speculated about the mysterious flying object that remains unidentified.
A witness in a car filmed the UFO flying in an easterly direction across the sky over a local IKEA furniture store in the city of Omsk, according to the Siberian Times.
The UFO, described by a witness as “scary but beautiful,” was seen over a wide area of the region, including the cities of Tyumen, Tomsk, and Novosibirsk, and outside Russia, as far south as Astana, capital city of Kazakhstan.
Because no one could confirm the identity of the object, speculations flourished on Russia social media that it could be an alien UFO. But competing theories soon emerged after local astronomers ruled out initial suggestions that it was comet or a meteor.
A theory floated by astronomers at the planetarium of the Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technologies in Novosibirsk soon gained traction. The astronomers suggested it could be the second stage of a Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile undergoing test firing. The missile was reportedly launched at 15:12 Moscow time (12:12 p.m. GMT) from the Kasputin Yar Cosmodrone in the Astrakhan region, the Siberian Times reports.
Camila Sharzhanova, with the planetarium, insisted that the UFO was “definitely not a comet.”
She explained that the UFO, suspected to be a Topol RS-12M intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a new secret design, was “whirling so that the trajectory doesn’t change, the fuel left was discharged through side nozzles.”
But doubts about the suggestion soon surfaced when a news report by the TASS Russian news agency said the Topol ICBM missile hit a test target at Saryshagan polygon in east-central Kazakhstan, a location more than 1,000 kilometers away from Tyumen and Novosibirsk where the UFO was witnessed by thousands, according to the Siberian Times.
Vladimir Krupko, head of the planetarium in Omsk, thus suggested that the UFO could be a secret missile launched from Plesetsk in northern Russia.
He told the Siberian Times, “I am 100% sure it was a launch. I saw a ring and a moving cloud. Most probably, it was the engine’s discharge. Given the direction, could be from Plesetsk (in northern Russia), but I can’t find information about any launch, there is information only about a launch of a military satellite from Plesetsk in the afternoon.”
The latest incident in western Siberia is reminiscent of the recent sighting of a bright UFO that appeared over Los Angeles on Saturday, November 7. The mysterious cone-shaped blazing UFO, seen in many parts of southern California, sparked panic as people speculated that it could be an alien UFO.
The authorities moved to calm fears with the announcement by a spokesman of the Navy Strategic Systems Program that the “UFO” was in fact a Trident II (D5) missile test. The missile was fired from the ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky off the coast of Southern California, the navy spokesman explained.
But speculations that the object was an alien UFO gained further traction after the social media rumor mill came up with reports of alien corpses being picked up in different spots in Los Angeles soon after the appearance of the “UFO.”
A San Jose woman, Gianna Peponis, claimed on her Facebook page that soon after the UFO sighting on Saturday night, she heard screams in her backyard. She went outside to investigate and found the corpse of a mysterious slimy and pink creature.
The image of the “alien UFO pilot” rumored to have dropped from the “UFO” as it crashed over Los Angeles area went viral.
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