Footage that shows strange occurrences in the night sky in Russia has emerged on Reddit, reportedly filmed in March 2015.
Nine days after the video was posted to YouTube, The Moscow Times reported on an unexplained 20m wide sinkhole in the same area of Kizel, Perm in Russia.
Could the two incidents be related?
The video title, originally in Russian, describes it as a “fixed launch UFO”, although many commenters were quick to offer their own explanations.
Many postulated it may have been a missile launch, citing specific types of weaponry with distinctive trails, including the Soviet-era Topol M intercontinental ballistic missile.
“All this is, is Goku shooting his kamehameha… jeez guise,” another YouTuber said. A Redditor, meanwhile, said it was actually the launch of an Inmarsat 5-F2 Comsat space rocket (a bit more believable than Dragonball Z coming to life).
“The local sky is dark, but as the rocket climbs higher, it reaches an altitude where its exhaust is in sunlight, so it glows brightly like this. These clouds can hang around for an hour or more with the right atmospheric conditions,” MagicDave131 said.
However the suggestion is inconclusive, as the Inmarsat rocket launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, 1,900km away.