Oct 29, 2015 I Paul Seaburn

Meteor Hits Russia’s Mysterious Lake Baikal

What’s going on in the skies over Russia? It appears that UFO sightings have picked up recently, including a saucer-like object seen recently by many witnesses over the town of Ulan-Ude, which is just 100 km (62 miles) from the mysterious Lake Baikal, home of many UFO sightings and stories of underwater aliens. On October 22nd, what appeared to be a slow-moving meteor crashed into Lake Baikal barely a kilometer from the shore. Is the center of all of this activity Lake Baikal?

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A new unmanned meteor tracking station near Lake Baikal

The meteorite was one of the first to be tracked by the two new unmanned tracking stations set up in the nearby Tunka valley by Irkutsk State University. The stations are 58 km (36 miles) apart in a remote area far from city lights. The two stations allow astronomers to accurately measure the size, direction, weight and other pertinent data about a meteor. So far, the stations are said to track an average of 40 meteors per night.


According to ISU researcher Kirill Ivanov, the Lake Baikal meteor traveled from west to east and landed 1 km from the lake’s shore and 17 km from the town of Bolshoye Goloustnoye. It weighed about 1 kg (2.2 lb), measured 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter and hit the lake at a speed of 13 km/sec (8 miles/sec or 29,000 miles/hour). Ivanov believes the meteor originated in the Asteroid Belt and “fell under the bad influence of Jupiter and away from its true path.”

Unless its “true path” was a path into Lake Baikal. The meteor which caused the devastating 1908 Tunguska event traveled directly over Lake Baikal. In 1958, a Russian plane crashed into the lake after allegedly being chased by a UFO. Locals have reported seeing bright lights descend rapidly towards the lake, only to seemingly stop, land and float on it. Then there’s the humanoids allegedly seen by divers in 1982, an incident that left three divers dead.

The October 22nd fireball is being called a meteor. Could it have actually been a UFO whose landing was covered up by an elaborate ruse involving the Irkutsk State University tracking stations? Why are they so close to Lake Baikal? What else are they tracking? Some reports say local residents who witnessed the event were “baffled” and it was "frightening" them. Why?

What’s going on in the skies over Russia? Is the center of all of this activity Lake Baikal?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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