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article imageVideo: Mysterious blast 'turns night to day' over Russia's Urals

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 19, 2014 in Internet
Yekaterinburg - A massive explosion which lit up the sky over Russia's Urals has become the subject of speculation after the authorities declined comment on it although several locals captured it on camera. According to an eyewitness, the explosion "turned night to day."
A Russian motorist recorded the massive explosion on a dashcam installed in his car while driving on the road near Yekaterinburg on Nov. 14. The video shows the motorist driving in darkness when, suddenly, the sky lights up with a dazzling orange-yellow glow with turns white at the center as it expands.
The explosion, as shown in the video, lasted only 11 seconds. The ball expands, reaches peak brightness in eight seconds, and then begins to wane.
The motorist who recorded the explosion posted it to YouTube with a plea to the online community to help solve the riddle of what caused it. He wrote: "On Friday November 14, at 5.40pm... I observed a flash in the sky, on the road on the way to Rezh. I found nothing about it on the news. Did anyone else see it? What was it?"
After the motorist posted the video to YouTube, several residents of the town of Rezh in the Sverdlovsk region, near the city of Yekaterinburg, including a group of teenagers (see video below), reported seeing the explosion and capturing it on camera.
The huge explosion raised suspicions and sparked online speculation after the Russian authorities initially refused to comment on it.
While the Russian Emergencies Ministry declined comment on the incident, regional meteorologists, scientists, observatories and TV stations offered suggestions.
Suggestions that have been offered include an ordnance test or disposal involving a rocket or missile launch. It was suggested that the Russian military was testing a new rocket capable of knocking down spy satellites.
Others suggested it could be a space body, such as a meteor, while others, as expected, suggested a UFO visitation.
According to Russia Today, which dubbed the incident Chelyabinsk #2, after the 2013 meteorite which hit the region damaging buildings and injuring hundreds of people, some emergency officials and city administration officials supported the suggestion that it was caused by an ordnance disposal by the military.
But the Russian military has issued a denial.
According to a statement by the Russian military to, "No exercise and training were underway on that day, and no military units are based in the region, so we have nothing to do with it."
Some scientists who spoke with the Russian media suggested that it was caused by a large space rock (asteroid) colliding with the Earth's atmosphere. Viktor Grokhovsky of the meteorites committee of the Russian Academy of Sciences told "Looks like a falling bolide [large meteor], which invaded us. Because of the low cloud cover it ceased to exist above the clouds and lit up the whole sky."
But Vadim Krushinsky, an astronomer, noted that the color of the flash was not consistent with the suggestion that it was a large meteor. He argued that a "bolide" colliding with the atmosphere usually produces a white flash due to the higher temperatures generated.
According to Krushinsky, the explosion could have been caused by a space rocket. He pointed out that the launch path of the nearby Plesetsk cosmodrone coincides with the location of the explosion.
However, the Russian Space Agency has denied conducting a launch on Nov. 14. The agency said the last launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrone was on Oct. 29 and the next was schedule for Nov. 24.
Apparently supporting Krushinky's view, The Siberian Times noted that the latest explosion "did not have the same shape or pattern" as the February 2013 Chelyabinsk meteorite which exploded over the same region.
Despite denials by the Russian military and space authorities, suspicions linger that the explosion was caused by a military test. It is suspected that the Russians have recently been testing rockets capable of knocking down satellites in orbit. It is believed that a few weeks ago, the Russian military conducted a test that produced the mystery Object 2014-28E.
Detection of the object raised fears that the Russian military has revived an anti-satellite defense project that was suspended after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Regardless of the nature of the explosion, the air of mystery was heightened by the fact that it was not accompanied by a noise. Many are wondering what sort of massive explosion goes off without a sound.
According to an eyewitness who spoke with The Siberian Times, "For a few moments night turned into dazzling day, then everything went dark again."
However, the silence of the explosion gives useful hints. It could indicate that it occurred in space or in the outer edge of the Earth’s atmosphere from where the light of the explosion was transmitted to viewers on Earth, but from where sound waves could not be transmitted because of absence of air.
Thus, the explosion could have been caused by a missile launched into space or by a fragile space body impacting and disintegrating completely in the outer limits of the upper atmosphere.
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