On Friday, July 20, the day suddenly turned dark in the deep, icy region of Northern Siberia, the region of Russia that lies within the Arctic Circle.
This happened during a period of time in summer where the daytime is supposed to last 24 straight hours, a phenomena known as the Midnight Sun where the Sun simply dips down in the sky around midnight instead of night fully setting in. During constant-daytime summer, night time came to the region of Yakutia.
According to the Siberian Times:
“Day suddenly turned to night around noon on Friday, and for almost three hours locals needed torches to see where they were going. The area hit by the bizarre darkness now appears more extensive than first reported when it was said to have covered Eveno-Bytantaisky and Zhigansky districts of Russia’s coldest region – Yakutia.
Now reports say the sun dimmed in Verkhoyansky too. The territory impacted by the mysterious gloom is larger than Italy.”
They report that the darkness had a sort of yellowish tinge to it, which could be associated with clouds of dust but the residents don’t seem to think that they could detect any dust or particulates in the air.
Some Christian Russians had interesting theories about it, and it was assumed by some people that it must have been caused by wildfires, but others seem not so certain.
The smell of smoke and amount of burned foliage necessary to produce such darkness would be more apparent than it was. According to the mainstream source the Siberian Times, “some official sources have expressed doubts over this theory,” while they didn’t put much into actually explaining what caused the phenomenon either.
It was like an extremely intense eclipse, but there was no eclipse. However the longest eclipse of the century is taking place tomorrow.
A local resident from nearby Eveno-Bytantaisky stated:
“Messages are going around about about a light flash registered by the US satellites, followed by increase of radioactive level and unusual activity of the military.
We are never going to be told is this was true or false.”
Another person commented “This can only be explained by a UFO.”
Stark contradictions were made between the statements of officials and civilians.
An official from Nizhne-Bytantaisky settlement claimed there was no dust on the ground after the event, but residents claimed there was.
The official said “There was no dust. ‘At first it looked like it was a strong thunderstorm coming. The air went dark, and got darker and darker, but this time unlike anything else we have seen before the darkness had a rich yellow undertone.
It was very unusual. We doubt the solar eclipse version. Usually weather stations and media inform everyone about eclipses in advance. And no eclipse can last this long.”
Head of the settlement, Konstantin Starostin said:
“When the Sun vanished, people started calling us in the administration. Many got scared, specially elderly people. People who live here for many years said they had never witnessed anything like this. The darkness was pitch black. It didn’t come at once, but grew gradually.
The Sun was gone from 11.30 until 14.00 on Friday 20 July. There was no dust. Many were coming outside, so many witnesses can confirm that there was no dust. There was no sharp decrease in air temperature either as it happened. But on that night the air dropped down to -4C.
We don’t know what to think. We have no experts, and rumours keep growing. If this was linked to some kind of military tests, I would say so.”
A decrease in temperature was not immediate according to reports, but as “night” fell and the still daytime sun set further in the sky, temperatures decreased.
What could this have possibly been? Even more possibilities than if this happened in say, Alaska seem to be present. It could have been the Russian government, the American/NATO side doing something to Russia, something extraterrestrial, or something entirely unexplainable. This is truly a mystery.
(Image credit: the Siberian Times)