Thousands of witnesses across a large part of the Middle East reported seeing strange, odd lights in the sky last night, prompting calls to police and emergency services. Thousands of others took to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to post photographs and upload videos of the strange phenomenon.
The strange light, which many described as an eerie and luminous shape-shifting cloud formation, was witnessed in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iran, as well as parts of Turkey and civil unrest stricken Syria. Initially, it was believed to be a bolide meteor impacting the earth's atmosphere. Now, Russia has announced that a scheduled test missile launch is responsible for the odd formation and lights in the sky, after Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed an intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from the country last night, at approximately the same time as the bizarre, "UFO" formation caught thousands of people spellbound.
The case is eerily similar to the famous "Norway Spiral" event that took place in December 2009, when a mysterious and perfectly formed spiral was witnessed in the skies above the Arctic Circle. It was claimed at the time of the incident that a failed Russian strategic missile test was responsible for the phenomenon, which curiously took place as President Obama was visiting Norway to receive his Nobel Peace Prize.