The Internet was abuzz with news about an early Tuesday morning explosion rattled windows and shook houses in Russia’s Siberian Republic of Khakassia and while many claimed that it was a meteor the size of a car, reports are now surfacing that it might not have been a meteor after all.
According to reports in the local Russian media, astronomers failed to detect the meteor that blew up over Siberian skies and the reason behind that is there are not enough astronomical observatories in Siberia. According to Novosibirsk Planetarium’s Director, Sergei Maslikov, the lack of space research in this area meant that there was no way for astronomers to know about an incoming meteor.
Earlier Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement that they didn’t launch any missile or rocket that could have burned up in the sky while returning to Earth. Also, there were no reports of any satellite crashing and hence a human-made object was ruled out.
Siberian Emergencies Ministry released a statement that the blast was because a meteor burned up in our atmosphere. However, the surprising thing is that this particular statement has been deleted from Ministry’s website. Further, there have been no official comments on why the statement was pulled and if the object wasn’t a meteor then what was it notes The Siberian Times.
A source in the Astronomical Observatory of the Irkutsk State University confirmed to TASS that they had not detected any celestial bodies.
As far as observations and descriptions from the local people are concerned, they were varied. Some called the meteor as a glowing ball that was burning ferociously and exploded at the end lighting up the entire sky. There were reports that people felt their houses shaking shaking and windows vibrating. CCTV footage from streets show how the night turned into sky temporarily lighting up the entire view as if it was early morning.
One women said that they saw a bright flash followed by an explosion and as the meteor exploded alarms of all the cars in the area went off. Another person said to a local reporter in Khakassia in southern Siberia that they saw a flash and minutes later their house vibrated after which there was a thunder.