Mysterious Glowing Orbs of Light Sighted Floating Above Siberia –“Not a Gap in the Spacetime Continuum” (VIDEO)

 

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"I went out to smoke a cigarette and thought it was the end of the world," one Siberian observer said, while another commented "It's a gap in the space-time continuum."

At first, a spectacular glowing orb of light seen floating above Siberia on Thursday night sparked fears of a War of the Worlds. But thanks to physicists, we now have a more down-to-Earth explanation after all. They appeared in far northern Arctic regions, where they merged with stunning aurora light shows. Just 500 miles south, the spheres of light were observed against the dark night sky.

 

The mystery light show, visible over a large area of northern Siberia, was witnessed by photographers trying to capture the aurora borealis. "At first I was taken aback for a few minutes, not understanding what was happening," photographer Sergey Anisimov told The Siberian Times. "The glowing ball rose from behind the trees and moved in my direction."

 

According to an update from the Russian defence ministry, the the glowing orb was actually a byproduct of tests involved the firing of a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile from Plesetsk towards the Kura test range in Kamchatka, along with three drills involving ballistic missiles fired from two nuclear submarines.

 

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"These were indeed missile tests," astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics told National Geographic. "Four ballistic missiles were launched and at least one of them was widely observed. There is no doubt about the identification of these observations with the missile tests."

"The rocket exhaust expands in a big bubble tens to hundreds of miles across," McDowell told National Geographic, "and if the sunlight catches it just right (because the Sun is below your horizon, but the rocket is high enough to be seeing the Sun) that bubble can be visible."

"In the absence of (significant) air to mess things up, in space things happen much more symmetrically and mathematically than we are used to down here on Earth," McDowell said. "So our intuition fails when we see the behaviour of gas in space where there's not enough air to contain it."

The Daily Galaxy via Siberian Times and National Geographic 

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