Why is it always Siberia?

Siberia: the land of strange animal sightings and odd objects in the sky that land and are quickly whisked away….

UFO mystery: Latest sighting in Siberia

An unidentified glowing object is said to have crashed down from the skies in Russia’s Siberia, causing a powerful explosion. A search for the mysterious item is underway amid speculations of what on Earth it could be.

­Witnesses describe seeing a bright glow covering the sky, followed by a shining object falling with a strange clanging sound and disappearing in the distance with a blast.

The unidentified object supposedly fell in the taiga forest of the Irkutsk region, 15 kilometers from the nearest village of Vitim, on Friday night. The head of the regional administration said a group of researchers has been sent to inspect the area and question witnesses.

There are two possible causes of the incident being examined. The object could either be a part of a large meteorite, or satellite wreckage. Speculations that it could be a piece of the failed, recently launched North Korean carrier rocket have been dismissed. Neither could it be a piece of any other aircraft as there have been no flights in the area.


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Why does this seem to happen so often in Siberia?

I sort of wonder what they are doing out there that all these various pieces of stuff land there. Is it a common test site? Is it just a big area that things land in? Or is it a perpetually slow news day?

One thing to notice is that officially everything flying in the sky that we don’t recognize IS a UFO. But that term has connotations. It does attract the fringe who assume it’s something mysterious. It’s probably not all that mysterious.

 

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  6 comments for “Why is it always Siberia?

  1. April 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    It’s big. So when real things happen, they happen there.

    And it’s far away and easy to pronounce, so when unreal things happen, journalistic and other outlets that are happy promote unreal things, can place them there, where it is easy to imagine, but hard to check out.

    • April 14, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      where it is easy to imagine, but hard to check out

      Love that. Exactly. THAT is why it’s Siberia: the land of mysterious phenomena.

      • April 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        For a while in the 1980s/1990s, South America (especially Brazil) served the same purpose for Anglophone ufologists. Its densely populated of course, but still.

        In fact, I’ve been contemplating looking deeper into the history of UFO and related ideas in South America in regards to North America. I’m teaching a course on South American archaeology this semester, and when we got to the section on southern Peru, I did some material on woo ideas (Nazca lines, Ica stones, cranial deformation) and noticed that a lot of it appeared right around the same time. And not that far off when known ufologists (Jim Moseley was both looting archaeological sites and creating UFO hoaxes around this time in Peru, the late 1950s early 1960s) and UFO contactee group members were active in the region (the driving force behind the group profiled in When Prophecy Failed fled to Peru to escape hospitalization and helped spread the word of Sananda there). I’m wondering if a historical link can be made. And of course, you get the rash from the 1970s to the 1990s of bloody and spectacular UFO sightings, mutilations, abductions and so on in northern and eastern South America, in Jacques Vallee’s writing, culminating in the Varginha crash legend. Again, the “distance” made this more acceptable to Anglophone audiences than if the same activities were reported in say Kansas.

  2. April 14, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Cause Siberia is an alien vacation wonderland! Plenty of activities, nice scenery.

  3. Stew Green
    April 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    - The story opens “in Russia’s Siberia,” can you tell RT TV is a propaganda station paid for by the Russian government,
    Whereas most countries gave up the countries they colonised Russia & China hang onto theirs. Siberia is really a whole European Unions worth of different countries. The area highlighted on the map is Irkutsk Province. The white people living in towns the railway line call it Russia, but most of the people in the villages are ethnic Buryat. (the Buryat Republic is the province on the other side of the lake) I’ve been around some towns near Irkutsk, but not heard of that village. Everything will still be frozen in April.

    “keeps your eyes on Putin/corruption , and on keep your eyes on the UFO’s”

    - “No aircraft in the area”, Those towns along the railway line are famous for cold war weapons factories. There is/was a big aircraft factory 700Km away in Ulan Ude. Could be made up, vodka dream, missile test, drunk pilot dropping something etc.

  4. LREKing
    April 16, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    If it isn’t Magonia, it has to be Siberia.

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