Published On: Wed, Nov 19th, 2014

Massive, Silent Flash over Russia’s Ural Mountains Stumps Scientists

Chelyabinsk Meteor

The Dark skies in the Sverdlovsk region near Ekaterinburg, Russia, turned bright orange for about ten seconds on November 14. Locals captured the enormous blast on many smartphones, and scientists are still struggling to explain the event. According to RT, regional emergency services said there were no accidents recorded at the time of the event. And it appears the explosion was silent, there was no recorded sound associated with it.

Emergency officials told that the military was responsible for the flash, carrying out a scheduled explosive ordnance disposal. But a military press service stated flatly that “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.”

a member of the meteorites committee of the Russian Academy of Sciences Viktor Grokhovsky told “Looks like a falling bolide, which invaded us. Because of the low cloud cover it ceased to exist above the clouds and lit up the whole sky.”

“Bolide” is Sciencespeak for meteors and meteorites.

Planetary science expert Dr Trevor Ireland from Australian National University 9News the phenomenon was probably an asteroid or a comet no bigger than a small child.

“Given there was no reported damage, it looks like it burnt out in the upper atmosphere so it was likely an asteroid or comet no bigger than a meter to begin with, ” Ireland said.

Back in February 2013, a 20-meter meteorite bombs exploded over the southern Russian town of Chelyabinsk, less than 125 miles from last week’s event, which for a moment glowed 30 times brighter than the sun, causing skin and retinal burns within a 60-mile radius.

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