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UFO. Russia

ID #1699786302
Added Sun, 12/11/2023
Author July N.

Initial data

Initial information from sources or from an eyewitness
Incident date: 
Chelyabinskaya oblast

Traube Yuri Alexandrovich (Ph.D.) writes to the Commission on the:

What I classify (for myself) as a UFO, I had to see only once in my life.

The year is 1962. The month is July or August, if necessary, you can specify the time of day - evening, because it was at the beginning of the evening shift at the drilling rig, where I worked as a student intern.

location: Southern Urals, near the village Mezhozerny, where the base of the Polenov geological exploration party was located. geographically - Chelyabinsk region.

Object: Accidentally looking at the sky, which has not yet completely darkened, I saw a moving glowing object on it. The glow color is the usual fiery, slightly reddish or pink. The shape of an ellipse with an elongation of about 5:1, the elongation is horizontal. The length in the field of view is about 2 degrees. I saw the object already moving, it moved horizontally about 3-7 degrees above the horizon, from left to right relative to the observer. I find it difficult to name the direction to the object relative to the cardinal directions now, but I think I could do it on the spot, i.e. find the point of the well that was drilled, restore the position of the drilling rig and indicate the direction to the sector in which the object was moving. He moved quickly and straightforwardly, it was possible to observe for no more than a minute and "disappeared" in the sky, just as I understand it, due to removal and reduction in size. I managed to observe its movement in a sector of about 30 degrees.

The assumption that I saw the launch of a conventional rocket, I "will not ride" because, firstly, the movement was horizontal and I doubt that rockets are launched in this way, i.e. with the engine running for a long time in horizontal flight. Secondly, this phenomenon was not accompanied by any sound. It seems to me that with such an "elongation" of the flame that I observed, the noise from the rocket engines could be heard.

The third. I followed the newspapers closely immediately after this phenomenon. There was no information about missile launches.

I was not alone on the drilling rig, but with a replacement foreman. I'm not sure if it's possible to find him, and if it is, whether he remembers about this case. But we observed it together, and then, naturally, discussed this phenomenon to the best of our knowledge and imagination.


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Cloud (natural and man-made)

Clouds are the products of condensation of water vapor suspended in the atmosphere, visible in the sky from the surface of the earth. They consist of tiny drops of water and/or ice crystals (called cloud elements).

Booster, the rocket and tracks

For UFOs often take stages of rockets, parts of space ships burning in the atmosphere, the launches of various missile technology for military purposes, etc., and traces from them. They attract attention mostly in the dark, but in the day time have a greater aura of mystery.

Formation of the track of the launch vehicle occurs in the tropopause (the layer between the troposphere and stratosphere), which sharply reduced the vertical temperature gradient. The emergence of the so-called "jellyfish" influenced by water vapor, which are subject to enhanced condensation.

Airplane / Helicopter

An aircraft is heavier than air for flights in the atmosphere (and outer space (e.g. An orbital aircraft)), which uses the airframe's aerodynamic lift to keep itself in the air (when flying within the atmosphere) and the thrust of the power (propulsion) installation for maneuvering and compensating for the loss of total mechanical energy on drag. 


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