This is an updated and corrected version of an article that was written within a few hours of the weird sightings on the 7th of June 2012, more data was uncovered and the picture got clearer, so here's what really happened.
Two nights ago, a mysterious light was seen all over the Middle East, that floating pinwheel of light ignited fear, wonder and perplexity among its observers. Photos and speculations went viral (my personal explanation can be found here), but only one explanation really uncovers the truth: Russia was testing an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile). Cold War much?
|Russia fires ICBM|
The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that the missile test was launched from the Kapustin Yar firing range in the Astrakhan region in central Russia. An RS-12M traveled across roughly 16,000 Km (1,000 miles) to a range in Kazakhstan with projected accuracy, the test was confirmed as successful by a Russian ministry of defense spokesman. It was spotted in several other countries along the way because it reached a high altitude of almost 300 Km (186 miles). Some people in Astrakhan believed it was a dry thunder or something of the sort.
|The sky in Astrakhan|