Peter Mironov, 22, the author of the video, said the object looked like “kind of flame” that was constantly “flouncing” in the air.
Internet investigators suggested that the object could be a “hot air balloon”or an optical illusion caused by defects of the camera’s lens.
Skeptics claimed that the video was a fake aimed at attracting public attention. The allegation is based on the fact that Tatiana Kopylova, 23, who uploaded the footage on her YouTube page, is a passionate fan of UFOs and has a lot of similar videos on her account.
Siberian astronomer Vladimir Krupko was not as critical of the two UFO seekers, saying they could see a mysterious object in the night sky. However, he added, it barely was a UFO.
However, Scott C. Waring, a UFO hunter and a prolific blogger, claimed that the Siberian flying object was a UFO and was also seen in other parts of the world, including Taiwan, China and Israel.
“No, this is not a planet or star, it is a UFO. I personally have seen it over Taiwan,” the blogger said, referring to another piece of footage filmed on July 29, 2013.
This is not the first time UFOs have been observed in Omsk region. The first reported instance occurred there over 50 years ago, OmskZdes reported. The most notable incident, however, was registered in 1991 in the village of Chukreevka, when locals reported of a fire ball floating over the streets. The object eventually hit the ground and exploded. Ufologists suggested at the time that the ball was an aliens’ spaceship. Experts found a large amount of chemical elements at the blast site, including rare-earth metals.