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Another Strange Light in Russia
Post by Swamprat on Jan 10th, 2018, 10:46am

What was that bright flash over Russia?

By Deborah Byrd in EARTH | HUMAN WORLD
January 10, 2018

A flash seen over a wide swath of Russia on January 7 at first caused fears of a U.S. air strike on North Korea. For now, the flash is unexplained.

Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=2PmyynEdviA

Siberian Times and other media reported this week (January 9, 2018) on an exceedingly bright flash that “turned night to day” over a wide swath of western Russia on Sunday, January 7. Some media reported that the flash caused speculation about a U.S. air strike over North Korea. A next logical assumption might be a meteor, but – as of this writing – there are no reports about the event in the meteor logs for both the International Meteor Organization and the American Meteor Society, suggesting no bright streak of a meteor was seen.

The flash was seen primarily over three regions Bashkortostan, Udmurtia, and Tatarstan. Siberian Times reported:

The black sky suddenly turned momentarily deep blue as if on a bright day – but according to some accounts, the Earth moved too.

Experts insist the phenomenon was not manmade: there were no reports of missile tests or explosions.

Nor were there reports of meteorites striking the Earth.

Witnesses had the feeling something massive had happened – but what?

Looking back, I noticed a story about a similar bright flash over Russia in 2014. In that story, an IFLScience report concluded:

It’s definitely possible that the light wasn’t originating in the sky; it came from the ground and was being reflected off of the clouds.

Other explanations include “dry thunderstorms” to “atmospheric electricity.”

Bottom line: A flash seen over a wide swath of Russia on January 7, 2018 is so far unexplained.

http://earthsky.org/earth/bright-flash-russia-jan-7-2018?mc_cid=7ce07e38d2&mc_eid=9b2daed519