A giant fireball was caught on camera outside Novosibirsk, Siberia’s largest city. Although some thought that this was of extraterrestrial origin, scientists assert that this is actually a very rare phenomenon that remains unexplained.
The video was taken by Roman Tregubov, a graduate of the Novosibirsk State Technical University. Initially, Tregubov was shocked but was in awe upon encountering a fireball or ball lightning for the very first time.
“Fireball lightning is very rare, yet they can appear anywhere at all,” points out Tregubov. “The physics of fireball lightening isn’t clearly explained yet, but either way, I was astonished to see a fireball lightening of such size – and not just that, but to catch the whole process from the beginning when it appeared until the end.”
A woman can be heard warning others to hide from the fireball as the glowing object appeared to be heading towards the camera before going into the trees. Apparently, there have been cases where fireballs injured and even killed people.
As of now, no one can explain how ball lightning occurs. It turns out that this object used to be an urban myth until the 1960s.
Experts say that a ball lightning can vary in size. Some are as small as a golf ball while others could be several meters wide.
According to Aleskandr Tyutin from the Physics Department of the Novosibirsk State University, the object’s color, form and direction confirm that it is a real ball lightning. Tyutin adds that Tregubov and other witnesses should stay as far away as they could from the fireballs.
Tyutin says that if one encounters a fireball, the worst thing to do is to run away. The ball lightning could follow a person in the air flow he creates. Therefore, standing still is the most logical decision to make when encountering this rare phenomenon.