Is it a bird or is it a plane? Mysterious jellyfish cloud is seen across the sky over Russia before burning up
- Stunned observers in Russia capture video of a ‘jellyfish’-shaped cloud
- The images show that the cloud is created by a small but bright unidentified object
- It could be a rocket launched on July 1 from Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome
A wispy, jellyfish-like cloud has been captured on video racing across the sky over the Amur Oblast, in eastern Russia, before burning up.
Footage shows the ‘jellyfish’ being led by a small, ultra-bright circular glow, which could be a meteorite or a space rocket re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.
The Russian Vostochny Cosmodrome rocket launch site is also located in Amur Oblast, suggesting that it is indeed man-made.
Whatever it is, the glowing object creates a spherical cloud that gradually gets bigger and bigger in its wake.
The astonishing footage, captured by a Russian boy on July 1, was obtained this week and posted to YouTube by Viral Hog.
Footage of the wispy jellyfish-like cloud created by an unknown object flying through the sky was captured by Russians in the Amur Oblast
The Russian youth who captured the footage appeared to conclude that it was some sort of flying machine, but it remains unidentified.
“My friends and I saw the movement of an object in the sky, it looked like a comet, but it flew slowly and we realized it was some kind of rocket or flying machine,” he said.
“A moment later it exploded and formed a pattern in the shape of jellyfish, we even heard a kind of sound similar to explosion.”
The object initially leaves a slender trail, but as the image progresses, this cloud widens and forms the ‘jellyfish’ shape
The head of the ‘jellyfish’ gradually gets bigger and bigger as it falls down to the earth
The identity of the “jellyfish” seemed to divide YouTube users — some seemed to think it was a man-made object reentering the atmosphere, while others speculated it had a natural origin.
“It’s surrounded by the same aura effect that our rockets launched into space exhibited as they raced through our atmosphere,” said one user.
“It looks like this was something that entered our atmosphere from space, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s alien.”
Natural or artificial origin? At the very tip of the aerial phenomenon was an ultra-bright circle
Another said: “It’s a man-made spacecraft that goes back into the atmosphere and floats until it burns off any remaining fuel and/or oxidizer, or maybe just drains it in the end.”
But another user wasn’t so sure: “It’s a type of gas…no object breaks that way when re-entered,” they said. “It is released at a predetermined height.”
According to data, test launches took place at the Vostochny Cosmodrome launch site on the day the images were captured – July 1.
At the end of the images you can see how the head of the ‘jellyfish’ is becoming less and less visible to the observers in Russia
The tail of the cloud can be seen here in a stunning spiral shape, but gradually fades to nothing
The £3.5 billion Vostochny Cosmodrome, which was built to align Russia with the US in the space race, could help the country’s efforts to establish a colony on the moon and launch the first manned missions to to organize march.
The project, which would have been given unlimited resources, “should confirm Russia’s high scientific and technological status,” said Vladimir Putin.
As of July 1, this year, eight launch attempts have been made at the Cosmodrome, with seven successes.
Explained: the difference between an asteroid, meteorite and other space rocks
An asteroid is a large piece of rock left over from collisions or the early solar system. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the Main Belt.
AN comet is a rock covered with ice, methane and other compounds. Their orbits take them much further out of the solar system.
AN meteor is what astronomers call a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris burns up.
This debris itself is known as a meteoroid. Most are so small that they evaporate into the atmosphere.
When one of these meteoroids reaches Earth, it becomes a . called meteorite.
Meteors, meteoroids and meteorites normally originate from asteroids and comets.
For example, if Earth passes through the tail of a comet, much of the debris in the atmosphere burns up, forming a meteor shower.