By The Siberian Times Reporter
Or was it a meteor lighting up the early morning sky over the Pacific port?
The flash across the sky at 7.25am caused a sensation in the Russian Far East on Sunday, with social sites exploding with theories over the dramatic flashes from the fireball. Witnesses in Vladivostok claimed it was a meteor of the kind that earlier this year struck the Urals.
Some observers said the object streaking across the sky 'looked like a plane' and others called it a UFO buzzing the flood-ridden Far East of Russia.
By later in the day, scientists had a more prosaic explanation. Vladimir Surdin, a fellow of Moscow State University's Shtenberg Institute of Astronomy, said: 'Judging by the pictures, it was an artificial object. It was moving west to east and was observed some 20 minutes after Zenit rocket was launched from Baikonur cosmodrome.'
He told RIA Novosti: 'A meteorite body usually explodes all at once, while here we see a gradual break up as happened during the MIR space station or the Colunbia shuttle fall.'
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