Residents of eastern Siberia, Russia reported seeing a flash of green light falling on Earth around Lake Baikal at 11:45 UTC on October 25, 2016.
The observed green light in the Irkutsk Region and the Buryatia Republic closely resembled the famous Chelyabinsk meteor, that fell to the ground in 2013.
The newly observed phenomenon quickly became a topic of various speculations, as some believe it might have been a meteor, piece of space junk or even a rocket while others suggested the arrival of aliens to our planet.
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Some suggest the object might have been an RS-18 ballistic missile which was launched around midday on October 25 (local time) near Yasny town in Orenburg Region, southern Urals, and reached the Kura test range in Kamchatka. Residents reported observing similar flashes in the Urals and Lipetsk Region, western Russia.
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According to Pavel Nikiforov, a director of the Irkutsk Observatory, no space body was observed on the date: “It is difficult to say if it was a meteorite or an artificial body… No monitoring website showed that a celestial body fell to the ground,” he said.
According to an article published in Pravda today, eyewitnesses said meteorite fell on the ground in the area of Lake Baikal. "It was as bright as daylight for five or six seconds," eyewitnesses wrote adding that the meteorite fell behind the Barguzin ridge.
The incident could be observed from the city of Ulan-Ude and its suburbs, Baikal-Daily publication said.
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