Was that another huge Chelyabinsk meteorite? A very bright bolide changed night into day while disintegrating in loud rattling booms especially in the three Russian republics of Bashkortostan, Udmurtia, and Tatarstanin on Orthodox Christmas Day, January 7, 2018. The deep blue flash was reported over thousands of kilometers but scientists disagree over the cause. according to some accounts, the earth moved too. Experts insist the phenomenon was not manmade: there were no reports of missile tests or explosions. But there were also no reports of meteorites striking the earth. Something massive has happened – but what?
Here some witness reports:
‘We saw this while driving. There was a vibration and the sound of explosion in the sky. Awesome.’
‘It lit the night sky from side to side, making it look brighter than daylight.’
‘It was probably linked to the testing of some secret military weapon, as even the ground was shaking.’
Yet this was denied.
‘I saw the flash, while in Menzelinsk. There was also the sound of an explosion and then a vibration, I felt it.’
‘A meteor burned out, not reaching the lower layers of the atmosphere. Before this, it exploded and split into many small pieces. That is why there was such a sound, which came to us after a few seconds.’
‘It’s a funny coincidence that such a rare phenomenon for our region has happened right on Christmas.’
What scientists think
Yuri Nefefyev, director of the Engelhardt Astronomical Observatory, thinks the blue phenomenon is linked to atmospheric electricity, explaining it is something that has not been explained by science yet, because of how rarely they occur.
Other scientists claimed the bright light flash was refracting from low clouds, others said that it was a dry thunderstorm. Astronomers from Kazan Federal University insisted there was a space link.
Dr Sergey Golovkin, of the university’s Physics Institute is pretty sure this mysterious light was a very bright bolide that disintegrated in loud rattling booms in the atmosphere. This is also the reason why the blue flash was reported over an area covering thousands of kilometers. ‘We didn’t register the flash because there was strong blizzard on this night.’
So what was this bright flash accompanied by a loud boom flying in the sky over Russia? A huge meteor, a rocket from space, UFO, a North Korean missile? Spookily, similar phenomena were reported last year in Kazan, several years ago in Karelia, and 2006 in Moscow.
changed from Siberian Times