Witnesses described the glowing balls as ‘expanding’, similar to those alien portals in movies.
A glowing, expanding ball was seen hovering over the skies of Russia and were captured on camera by several witnesses. The videos and pictures soon blew up the internet with netizens claiming the end of the world is soon to come.
Many UFO enthusiasts speculated that the glowing orbs were portal-ways for aliens to enter our world.
“I went out to smoke a cigarette and thought it was the end of the world,” witness Vasily Zubkov said.
In Strezhevoi, a photographer, Alexey Yakovlev, also captured the strange lights. He said, “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.”
At first, he thought he was just imagining it but he realized that people had been posting and talking about it as well. He said, “It’s good that I was not alone – a group of people cannot hallucinate.”
It turns out that the phenomenon is man-made and it is not the end of the world yet. “These were indeed missile tests,” said Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “Four ballistic missiles were launched and at least one of them was widely observed. There is no doubt about the identification of these observations with the missile tests.”
The launch was one of the several exercises by the Russian strategic nuclear forces as confirmed by the Russian defense ministry.