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This just in:

A Giant Swirling UFO has been sighted over several countries in the Middle East. The UFO has people in a state of panic as calls are pouring into various authorities.

Similar to some other sightings reported on at GT in the past year, it could be anything from a missile to some sort of strange craft. Several sources claim it’s a satellite that has exploded in orbit.

Here’s the latest from RT.com:

UFO or missile? Mystery lights raise havoc in Israel (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

A spaceship flying over Israel? A satellite or a Russian ballistic missile? An unidentified flying object observed in Middle East countries Thursday night has caused panic, with people calling the police to say they witnessed a UFO.

The mysterious shining object seen in the skies swirled around and looked like smoke, some observers said. The object gave off light and was followed by a smoke trail.

The strange flying phenomenon was also reported in Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and other countries in the region.

The Israeli Defense Forces made a statement following the incident saying they were unaware of any operations in the area.

Some astronomical experts conjectured that the object was a satellite that had exploded in orbit, the Times of Israel reports. The newspaper also quoted a Lebanese report suggesting that the flying item was the remains of a meteorite, with its smashed pieces creating a dust trail that glowed behind it.

Prominent Israeli astronomer Dr. Yigal Pat-El, who is chairman of the Israeli Astronomical Association and an observatory director, told the Ediot Ahronot newspaper it is quite possible that the object was a ballistic missile.

“It most likely spun out of control and its remnants and the fuel was what people saw. It reached a height of 200-300 kilometers and that’s why it was seen from so many locations,” he told the newspaper.

Mr. Pat-El also said it was not a meteor: “It looked like a small body that suddenly started to grow and make spiral-like movements.”

“After a while, it turned into a cloud….it looked like an object flying high above ground and then disintegrating,” he added.

Suspicions that the shining flying object could be a missile were further fuelled by a Russian Defense Ministry statement saying the country had successfully test-fired a Topol strategic intercontinental ballistic missile.

The launch was made from Russia’s southern Astrakhan region to a testing area in Kazakhstan 3500 km from Israel’s northern border where the object was seen.

The Russian Vesti-24 news channel quoted unnamed military officials as saying the missile hit the practice target despite the fact that it had an unusual flight trajectory.

Similar reports of an object that went spiraling and then disappeared in the skies above Norway’s northern town of Tromso emerged in 2009. The Russian Defense Ministry later admitted it was a failed launch of a Bulava intercontinental missile.

So, this many indeed be a Russian ICBM and if I were in Israel, I’d probably be peeing in my pants too!

Only time will tell just what’s going on in the skies over the Middle East.

Thanks to RT.com for this breaking news.

Associated Content:

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GT: Weird Spiral Lights Over Norway

  • Ophu

    Who knew that missiles fizzled out in aesthetically perfect spirals?

    (something seems fishy)

  • Rmon

    In a link i read somewhere it was confirmed by Russia it was a Topol rocket.
    The spiral sounds plausible: forward motion with rotation, shows a “swirl”.. From behind it looks like a spiral, from the side like a white cone. Just as is shown in the pictures. Why always the doubt?

  • Henry

     I once set of an Estes Rocket propellant, not a rocket just the propellant and it did take off in a spiral, just as has been seen previously, just a lot smaller.

  • Ophu

    Because I’m a skeptic.

  • Rmon

    You are right, it is an alien in a out of control craft, while letting go some steam in a spiral motion. How bout that?

  • Peter

     My problem with the spiraling rocket is this; why have we never seen this behavior before? We have been firing rockets for decades but only in the last year or two we are seeing these spirals.

  • Ophu

    I’d be skeptical of that too. You see, when you’re a skeptic, you don’t put your skepticism on hold because you receive an “official” explanation”, and you don’t abandon your skepticism because somebody might think you’re a loon for having it, and you certainly don’t settle for the most mundane theory just because it’s fashionable at the time, or because it’s what you want to believe, or because someone’s making fun of you. If you’re going to go about calling yourself a SKEPTIC, then you should be skeptical of ANY explanation that comes without proof. And so far, that’s what we have–an explanation without proof. It could’ve been a missile, yes, or it could’ve been something far stranger. I haven’t had the time to do major research into it, so I just don’t know. Strange things have been happening lately.

  • Ophu

    Good point, but at the same time it might be something new that they’re doing, although I fail to see what purpose it would have when they could simply let it go until it runs out of fuel and then dump it somewhere in the ocean, or even use less fuel–which would make the most sense to me, being more economical and all. I have to say, though, that I’m more mystified as to why ETs would make swirly patterns in the sky, unless it’s just to say “Look up! Look up, dummies!” 😀

  • Jon

    What the defense ministry or whatever they call themselves should do is videotape a whole rocket launch including the supposed ending ‘spiral’ of it so we know for sure that what we are seeing here is the same thing.

  • Henry

     Well, from lift-off to the point of the spiral could be thousands of miles, and since I doubt there are planes that could chase a launching rocket that far, or to that altitude it would be a difficult proposition to video the entire launch path. Also, the “spiral” is a failure of the guidance system and they do not actually plan for that to happen, so they would have to video every launch from lift-off to orbit for who know s how many years to get the footage you request.

  • Dave Rodriguez
  • Ophu

    What I find amazing is that a skeptic would so readily take them at their word. 🙂

  • Dave Rodriguez

    Hope you’re not calling me a skeptic.  🙂   Little do you know what I know…

  • Jon

    ah. Well I still think they should do it, just to satisfy me 🙂