Russian dash-cams, while widely used for insurance integrity purposes, are one of the best things that has ever happened to the internet. In addition to providing hours of entertainment with videos of intense police chases, hilarious drunken escapades, and random acts of kindness, the filming of certain phenomena has been of scientific interest as well. The scientific value of these videos became most apparent after the asteroid fireball over Chelyabinsk in February 2013, and they have now helped to solve another mystery that occurred just last week.
On the evening of Friday, November 14, citizens near Russia’s Sverdlovsk region saw a large orange burst of light. There was not an immediately obvious cause for this giant flash in the sky. Was it another asteroid? A meteor? A munitions explosion?
Check out the footage here: