Friday, June 8, 2012

What Was This?

Last seem over the skies of Israel.  Hundreds of phone calls to Police Hotlines reporting the UFO, no planes were scramble, Iron Dome and other anti-missile defenses did not fire, and no sirens were sounded.  What could it be?

C  Rocket
D  Hassan Nasrallah
Aliens from another Planet.  (Don't worry, they are Jewish and only want to make Aliyah.)
F  A Russian Missile Test.

If you answered F-A Russian Missile Test.  You win the prize.
The glowing light reported in Israel's skies around 8:45 pm Thursday apparently resulted from of a failed intercontinental ballistic missile test by the Russian military, according to estimates.

Hundreds of Israelis nationwide flooded police hotlines Thursday evening with reports of an unidentified flying object in the nation's skies.

Glowing light in Israel's skies (Video: Hitham Abu Saada)

Later Thursday, Russian news agency Novosti quoted the Defense Ministry in Moscow, which confirmed that a missile was test-fired from the Astrakhan region in central Russia. The trail of light seen in Israel was also reported in Armenia, Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, Jordan and other countries in the region.

According to a statement issued by Russia's Defense Ministry, crews belonging to the army's strategic missile division successfully test-fired a ballistic missile at 9:39 pm, Moscow time. A video shot in the area the missile was fired from showed parts of the missile falling. However, the clip was removed a few minutes after being posted.

Missile as seen in Russia

Israeli Astronomical Association Chairman Dr. Yigal Pat-El said that it is quite possible that the unidentified flying object reported by residents nationwide was a ballistic missile test.

"It most likely spun out of control and its remnants and the fuel was what people saw. It reached a height of 200-300 kilometers and that's why it was seen from so many locations," he told Ynet.

"We saw a large trail of light traveling from a distant spot in the sky," Dorit from northern Israel reported earlier. "We could not see the source of the light. The trail was massive. It was an unusual sight. Moments later we saw swirling movement where the light was coming from."

Concerned citizens in Armenia and Lebanon also called their local police stations after seeing the unusual glowing light. One Lebanese citizen reported seeing the light in the sky and in response an American web-surfer said it might be a military test. The Lebanese woman laughingly responded with: "A military test? Here?"

Notably, similar reports were received in Norway in 2009, following a failed Russian missile test. At the time, residents offered various explanations, ranging from a meteor to a UFO.

This missile was seen not only in Russia, but Turkey, Armenia and Lebanon.  And the Lebanese are very lucky that the Israelis didn't believe that this was a actual attack.  What a shame.  It would have been nice to discover that this was Hassan Nasrallah finally emerging from his bunker after hiding there for the last 6 years.

1 comment:

SnoopyTheGoon said...

There is a better recording now, made near the source of the launch: