Northern Siberians thought the world was coming to an end last night as a huge mass of light illuminated the sky, as you can see in the picture of photographer Mr Sergey Anisimov in the town of Salekhard near the arctic circle.
"I was taken aback for a few minutes, not understanding what was happening. The glowing ball rose from behind the trees and moved in my direction. My first thought was about the most powerful searchlight, but the speed of changing everything around changed the idea of what was happening. The ball began to turn into an arc and gradually dissipated."
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Meanwhile in the town Strezhevoi, in the north of Tomsk region, more than 520 miles further east, another photographer, Mr Alexey Yakovlev, saw a similar feature a little later.
"At first I thought, it was such a radiance of such an unusual form, round in shape. But gradually the ball began to expand, it became clear that this is not some radiance, and it became scary. It's good that I was not alone, a group of people cannot hallucinate."
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However, scientists have explained the unusual phenomenon as a combination of two separate events, one natural, one manmade. At first there was a vivid display of the Northern Lights, also known as aurora borealis, which explains why so many photographers were out watching the sky when the so-called ‘UFO’ appeared.
Secondly, Russian President Vladimir Putin was flexing his military muscles and shot a ‘Satan 2’ ballistic missile all over the Russian territory to warn the west of the power his nation still has.
For this reason, another photographer, Mr Yakovlev accurately speculated: "It seems I accidentally shot the launch of a secret space rocket from Plesetsk."