Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Scientists uncover mystery of Peruvian fireballs

6 февраля 2018 г. 5:53

Peruvian scientists have been trying to unpick the mystery of the fireballs which lit up the night sky in southern Peru on January 27. In an interview from his headquarters in Lima on Monday, Director of Astrophysics at the National Commission of Aerospace Research and Development (CONIDA) Walter Guevara revealed that these baffling balls of fire were in fact parts of a satellite that were breaking-up upon entering the Earth’s atmosphere. The key to solving the mystery was the discovery of Cyrillic script on the surface of one of five spheres, which were all found near the southern city of Puno. Videos released on social media show strong rays of light and 'intense noises' akin to an earthquake or a plane travelling faster than the speed of sound. None of the unidentified (up to this point) flying objects caused significant damage. On finding the bizarre artefacts, the scientific team soon deducted that they could be «fuel or pressure tanks.» Whilst Guevara explains that a Ukrainian inscription can be seen on one of the artefacts, he said the team could not yet confirm where the findings are from. Further studies are now underway to decipher their country of origin.

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