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UFO. Russia

ID #1711799683
Added Sat, 30/03/2024
Author July N.
Sources
Phenomena
Status
Hypothesis

Initial data

Initial information from sources or from an eyewitness
Incident date: 
27.12.1977 07:30
Location: 
Крутиха
Kurganskaya oblast
Russia

Arkady Maltsev writes to the Commission on AI:

On December 27, at 7:30, I observed two unknown flying objects. At the beginning, I noticed a "gas cloud" that hovered over the northern edge of the horizon. The morning sky was absolutely clear and starry. The weather was frosty and moonlit. the distance to the objects was determined at 15-20 km at an altitude of 3-4 km.

"the cloud was glowing, or rather, illuminated by silvery diffused light. Two beams of powerful "searchlights" were visible in the upper and lower parts of it. then one of the objects made a zigzag takeoff, there was a bright flash, and it disappeared into the darkness. The second flying saucer began to move away to the north, rapidly gaining speed. The "cloud" was gradually dissolving into the sky. I saw all this for 5 minutes.

Hypotheses

List of versions containing features matching the eyewitness descriptions or material evidence

Light sources on clouds

Lasers, searchlights, car headlights and other light sources of sufficient power can form a column of light in a dusty or foggy atmosphere, various patterns on low clouds, fog or haze. Also, the rays can highlight parts of the cloud, objects or birds, giving them bizarre shapes.

Searchlights can shine with one beam, several. They can be stationary, move, and also form spinning carousels on the clouds, which can change shape and color.

It often seems that the light source is located at the point where the beam hits the cloud, and not vice versa.

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.

Events

Rocket launches (from space.skyrocket.de)

  • Site: Plesetsk (NIIP-53, GIK-1, GNIIP) (USSR / Russia) Vehicle: Tsiklon-3 Payload: Kosmos 972 (EPN 03.0380 #3)
  • Site: Baikonur (Tyuratam, NIIP-5, GIK-5), Tyuratam (USSR / Russia) Vehicle: Soyuz-U Payload: Kosmos 973 (Zenit-2M #83, Gektor #83) & Nauka

Investigation

Versions testing, their confirmation or refutation. Additional information, notes during the study of materials
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