Experts from the Moscow State University’s Research Institute of Nuclear Physics said one of their satellites spotted several high-power “light explosions” dozens of kilometres above the Earth’s surface. The team captured even more interest from the public when they said the bright blasts are unlike anything seen before, and cannot be explained by modern physics. Flashes have been spotted before and have been explained by weather phenomena such as lightening storms.
But the ones captured by the Lomonosov satellite were above a clear sky, which would suggest they have nothing to do with the weather.
Mikhail Panasyuk, head of Moscow State University’s Research Institute of Nuclear Physics, said: “With the help of the telescope, we have obtained even more important results than we expected
“It looks like we have encountered new physical phenomena. We do not yet know their physical nature.
“For example, during Lomonosov’s flight at an altitude of several dozen kilometres, we have registered several times a very powerful ‘explosion’ of light.
“But everything was clear underneath it, no storms, no clouds.
“What caused the explosions is an open question.”
With scientists openly admitting that there is currently no concrete explanation, conspiracy theorists jumped on the wagon and started expressing their views.
Twitter user James Seal thought asteroids could have played a part, writing: Did two asteroids hit each other that could have been an explosion. Be a blessing if it did Earth’s Upper Atmosphere.”
Patrick McDuff wrote: “I’m not saying it was the aliens but it WAS the aliens.”
However, the website of the Lomonosov project explains that events on the Earth’s surface can have an effect on the atmosphere, as scientists strive for a logical explanation.
The website reads: “We must take into account that the Earth’s radiation belts – the charged particles trapped by the magnetic field, can disappear, precipitate from the magnetic trap into the Earth’s atmosphere, producing in it extensive regions of ionisation.
“The energy of the radiation belt particles is sufficiently high, for instance, there are relativistic electrons with energy of several MeV among them, which can penetrate deep in the atmosphere and by rate of ionisation can easily compete against Auger showers.
“Besides space factors physical processes near the Earth’s surface also have an effect on the atmosphere.”