It has been two weeks since a meteorite came down in Russia, sending a window-breaking sonic boom and injuring nearly 1,500 people. But with the time that has elapsed since, analysis has been conducted of the footage that was captured on vehicle dashcams, causing some to think they can spot a UFO crashing into the celestial rock.
The Siberian Times reported UFO enthusiasts saying they see a UFO around the meteor that hits the rock and smashes it as it's flying toward Chelybinsk.
"At first, we also believed that the Chelyabinsk meteorite was just an ordinary meteorite, a cosmic body," Alexander Komanev with the Russian UFO community in Yekaterinburg said to the Siberian Times. "But facts began to emerge. In the internet began to appear videos, at least three of which were similar, on which you can see how an object catches the meteorite."
UFO watchers believe what is circled in red could be a UFO about to smash into the meteor. (Image: YouTube screenshot)
"Such a number of videos, made from different angles makes us believe that something blew up the meteorite...," Komanev continued according to the Times.
Here's some of that footage:
As the video's description explains (via Google Translate), "look just below the tail and see the UFO that catches up and runs into a meteor breaks it and goes away."
(Image: YouTube screenshot)
Here's a non-dramatized version of the video for your reference:
Now, we should point out that there is always the potential for CGI (computer graphics imagery) to fake content in videos such as this, so watch it with that in mind. The particles could also likely be from the meteor itself.
Even still, Komanev thinks he has further evidence that could dispel some of this doubt:
To the untrained eye, it is hard to tell what was happening here, but Komanev suggests that prior to the the meteorite's fall there was an upsurge in UFO sightings.
His 'second supporting argument' is that 'since 2012 we have registered an increase of UFO activity. We began to receive more testimonies of eyewitnesses.'
He explained: 'Usually we get two messages about UFO per month. Since the beginning of February we received four messages.'
After the meteorite hit though, he told the Siberian Times the organization has receive no reports of UFOs.
There was also speculation the same day of the event that meteor was shot down by a military missile. Here's more on that theory from Russia Today:
The local newspaper Znak reported the meteorite was intercepted by an air defense unit at the Urzhumka settlement near Chelyabinsk. Quoting a source in the military, it wrote a missile salvo blew the meteorite to pieces at an altitude of 20 kilometers.
Regnum news agency quoted a military source who claimed that the vapor condensation trail of the meteorite speaks to the fact that the meteorite was intercepted by air defenses.
The Russian government has denied these rumors though.
A parliament member, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, said he thought it could have been the U.S.:
“Those were not meteorites, it was Americans testing their new weapons," Mr. Zhirinovsky confessed to journalists. "[US Secretary of State] John Kerry wanted to warn [Russia’s Foreign Minister] Lavrov on Monday, he was looking for Lavrov, and Lavrov was on a trip. He meant to warn Lavrov about a provocation against Russia,” he said.
When it comes to the UFO theories, some have taken it a step further thinking the entire object might have been a UFO, not a meteor. The Huffington Post reported Alexei Grazhdankin with the Moscow-based polling agency, the Levada Center, saying past studies have revealed 25 percent of Russians believe in UFOs. He said some of the skepticism in the meteorite strike is due to past events "when news of disasters was concealed or lied about."
Still, Grazhdankin told HuffPost although a poll has not been conducted to evaluate thoughts from locals regarding the origins of what flew through the sky February 15, he believes the majority of the population would accept the official explanation that it was a meteor.
Fragments of the meteor have been being collected by scientists since the event for analysis. Viktor Grokhovsky, who led the expedition from Urals Federal University, said last week that 53 fragments of the meteor have been plucked from the ice-covered Chebarkul Lake. He said they are less than a centimeter (half an inch) in size, about 10 percent iron, and belong to the chondrite type, the most common variation of meteorites found on Earth.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
(H/T: Daily Mail)