An Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) was captured on video in late June as it seemed to frenetically move across the night sky above a small town in Siberia, Russia. Two UFO enthusiasts filmed the strange, shape-shifting object and uploaded it to YouTube, where it immediately became the center of debate.
Sputnik News reported July 3 that a “mysterious UFO” was caught on video over the town of Cherlak, which is located in the Omsk Region, a part of Siberia, of Russia. The footage quickly went viral after being uploaded to YouTube.
Petr Mironov, who filmed the oddly glowing UFO, insists in the video that the extreme movements were not caused by an unsteady camera. He also said that he and his companion, Tatiana Kopylova, could not see the hectic motions with their own eyes.
“Here it is. Wow. I’m filming it,” he says in the video, according to the Siberian Times. “Look, it flounces. Look, we do not see this but the camera does. No, I’m not shaking the camera, I’m holding it firm.”
Mironov goes on to describe what he’s seeing:
“Look, it’s a kind of flame. You see the ball. It is cone-shaped, and we’re not seeing this with our eyes.”
Many have taken exception to the video, which has been viewed over 100,000 times to date, pointing out that Kopylova is a known UFO enthusiast and has several similar UFO videos posted to her account. Some commenters have gone so far as to call the video a fake.
Others have tossed out various guesses as to what the object might be, like a quadcopter or a Chinese lantern, or perhaps a satellite. Another thinks it could be a laser pointer.
A prominent area astronomer, Vladimir Krupko, refused to label the video as fakery and says he believes the so-called UFO is a star, the strangeness of the image the result of Mironov’s close-up of the object. Krupko told OmskZdes (per the Siberian Times), “I’m sure that this was a bright star filmed close-up. That is why it appeared as some strange cone-shaped or diamond shaped object. It moves because the camera moves in the hand of the cameraman. At high magnifications all the tiny shifts are visible.
“To sum up,” Krupko concluded, “it is a bright star, or maybe even a satellite. All the other effects were created by the camera and the man. I would recommend shooting with a tripod in such cases, to avoid the strange effects.”
It should also be noted that hundreds of these shape-shifting videos of “UFOs” can be found on YouTube. Many are videos of poorly focused helicopters, other aircraft, or satellites. Many others can be attributed to being stars. The out-of-focus odd shapes that prevail are most likely the effect of atmospheric turbulence, the kind that causes starlight to refract in different directions, giving it the appearance of altering its brightness and changing positions. This is commonly known as “twinkling.”
Still, all aren’t convinced it’s a star. Scott C. Waring, the popular UFO enthusiast that operates the blog UFO Sightings Daily, is convinced the Siberian object is the real thing. He posted the video, noting that the same type of shape-shifting object had been spotted in other parts of the world and said he witnessed one such UFO over Taiwan in 2013.
“Yes, this is a UFO and its [sic] been seen around the world and moving about at high speed. No this is not a planet or star, its [sic] a UFO. I personally have seen it over Taiwan a few years ago and got a great video of it just a week after it was seen over China.”
The latest odd sighting in the Omsk Region in Siberia isn’t the area’s first. According to Sputnik News, the first recorded sighting occurred over five decades ago. According to OmskZdes (via Sputnik News), the most significant incident, however, occurred in 1991 in the village of Chukreevka when a fireball floated over the streets and eventually fell to earth. Although many were quick to claim a UFO or an alien spaceship had crashed in their Siberian neighborhood, scientists and experts later found chemical elements, including rare-earth metals, at the site.
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