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UFO. Russia

ID #1707058343
Added Sun, 04/02/2024
Author July N.

Initial data

Initial information from sources or from an eyewitness
Incident date: 
1972 22:00
Murmanskaya oblast

Alexander Arkhipov (33 years old, professional radio operator, worked on hydrographic vessels, in civil aviation, was called up for service twice) writes to the Commission on Nuclear Power Engineering:

In the winter of 1972 in the Arctic (Alakurtti Valley and a village with the same name) I observed the appearance of the radiance in a somewhat unusual way. I knew the winter sky well enough and noticed that one star (almost of the first magnitude, white in brilliance) did not fit into the overall picture. I can no longer remember the exact location, and I don't need to, since it turned out that it is not the only one in the northwest, at the same distance from the zenith and the visible horizon. it was about 22 o'clock or about 01-00. Suddenly, it flared up, increasing in size, then increased slowly for several tens of seconds and gave the impression that it was quite a "tangible" object that had sunk a little lower. Then this "ball" began to fade, taking the form of a blurred spot, and 2-3 more stars flashed nearby. All the spots unfolded into spiral rays, then into the walls, which began to shimmer, no different from the radiance that occurs in an ordinary way (a spiral from the north slightly to the west).

I saw it once. and one more radiance: the whole sky shone evenly, there was only a dark strip in the south about 15 degrees, while the connection with Leningrad at 2 MHz was "five" (I did not see the beginning of the radiance, I only felt it by the characteristic vibrating sound of the telegraph signal). Can the radiance of a non-radiant structure quickly turn into the radiance of a radiant structure?

The height (echelon, usual for GVF) of 10 kilometers is somewhat unrealistic for radiance, but reflections with large delays are no less unrealistic... I am sure that there was a non-radiant glow, which for some reason found a favorable zone for itself right next to the plane. As for the searchlight, there are many more reliable ways to see the earth (especially since the height is considerable). The cloud might not have followed the plane, i.e. impressions are deceptive in a mobile environment, but there is no serious equipment on TU-134 aircraft. It is a pity that they did not try to avoid a dangerous weather event, because they are not immune from the consequences even now.


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The Aurora (Northern lights)

Glow (luminescence) of the upper layers of the atmospheres of the planets with the magnetosphere due to their interaction with charged particles of the solar wind.

In a very limited area of the top of atmosphere radiance can be caused by low energy charged particles of solar wind entering the polar ionosphere over the North and South polar Caspi. In the Northern hemisphere, the cusp auroras can be observed over Svalbard caribou watch.

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.


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