A giant meteor – allegedly the size of a car – exploded over Siberian skies early Tuesday morning not only lighting up the entire sky and turning night into day momentarily, but also scared people in the area.
In several videos posted on YouTube and across the Internet, an unidentified object is seen flying across the sky and just a few moments later exploding and lighting up the night sky. According to local reports, the explosion caused windows to shake and car alarms went off instantly.
Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement that neither did they launch any rockets at the time nor did they detect any satellites crashing in. Further the Russian defence ministry also released a statement that they didn’t launch any missile and these confirmations from Russian agencies suggest that the object was not a human made object but was or celestial origin and most likely a meteor that entered our atmosphere and exploded in air owing to the large amounts of friction of the atmosphere.
The confirmation that it was a meteor came in the form of a press note from the Siberian Emergencies Ministry that said that the blast was a meteor that burned out in the atmosphere.
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.
At a staking ring, few children stop what they are doing and gaze in awe at the celestial wonder.
“I’ve seen shooting stars before, but nothing like this” said a man who was ice skating when the meteor explosion happened.