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article imageVideo: Swirling lights missile or UFO over Israel/Lebanon border

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By Anne Sewell     Jun 8, 2012 in Science
Weird spiraling lights were seen over Middle Eastern countries last night. People panicked and called the police, saying they had seen a UFO.
The strange phenomenon was also seen over Armenia, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other countries in the region.
Consisting of a shining object, giving off light, swirling around and looking like smoke, thousands of people think that they have now seen a UFO.
A similar incident happened in Tromso, Norway in 2009, which turned out to be a failed missile launch.
According to the Times of Israel, astronomical experts are speculating that the object is a satellite which had exploded in orbit. A Lebanese report suggests that it was the remains of a meteorite, with its smashed pieces creating a dust trail that glowed behind it.
Israeli Defense Forces made a statement saying they were unaware of any operations in the area.
Chairman of the Israeli Astronomical Association and an observatory director, Dr. Yigal Pat-El told the Yediot Ahronot newspaper that it is quite possible that the object was a ballistic missile.
"It most likely spun out of control and its remnants and the fuel was what people saw. It reached a height of 200-300 kilometers and that's why it was seen from so many locations," he said
He also stated that it was not a meteor, “It looked like a small body that suddenly started to grow and make spiral-like movements."
He added, "After a while, it turned into a cloud….it looked like an object flying high above ground and then disintegrating."
The Russian Defense Ministry made a statement saying the country had successfully test-fired a Topol strategic intercontinental ballistic missile, which only increased speculations that the phenomenon was a missile. However, apparently the launch was made from Russia's southern Astrakhan region to a testing area in Kazakhstan, which is 3,500kms from where the object was seen Israel's northern border.
Unnamed military officials were quoted by the Voice of Russia as stating that the missile hit the practice target.
Another video of the phenomenon:
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