The Mysterious Rock that Fell from the Skies

The Chelyabinsk meteor leaves a trail across the sky above Siberia.

The meteorite that blazed to the earth in Siberia is steeped in the mystery of the heavens.

Do you remember when a strange fireball with a fiery tail was captured on video whizzing through space in 2013?  It disappeared behind dark trees on the horizon, then, there was another flash of light.  It was a meteor, blazing a path through the skies of Russia.  Many Russians caught the event on their dash cams.

After it struck our planet, there was more drama.  Over 1,200 people were injured from the crash to earth—mostly from the broken glass caused by the massive shock waves radiating outward from the point of impact.  The meteor had been big—as big as a six-story building, they say.  

It may have weighed as much as 13,000 tons before it broke up in our atmosphere.   Many of the injuries were to the retinas of the eyes of transfixed gawkers.  The heat was so great that some people actually got burns to the skin.  They later learned that a large section of the meteor plopped into Lake Chebarkul, where it was retrieved by scientists.

The event happened in the Ural Mountains near Chelyabinsk, Oblast, Russia.  Meteorites from this huge celestial gift were no doubt scattered about to undisclosed laboratories for intense scrutiny.  Several pieces have wound up in prestigious museums for public viewing.  There is even a chunk of the meteor on display in Washington, D.C. in the Longworth Office Building on Capitol Hill.  

There is quite a large chunk of the meteor on display at the Chelyabinsk State Historical Museum in west-central Russia.  It is resting on a heavy raised display with a thick glass lid covering it.  There it is monitored by CCTV—cameras aimed directly on it, 24/7.  The video shows every museum-goer that happens to step up to take a peek at the mysterious rock.

In the early weeks of December, the Siberian Times ran an article about an eerie event at the museum and with the article was a short video clip.  Early in that month, a security alarm went off.  There was not a ready answer why, so the museum staff had to view the CCTV security video. 

What they saw was so startling that they viewed it again and again.  On the video, several ordinary visitors are seen going up individually to gaze at the meteorite.  There is nothing unusual—nothing that would arouse suspicion.  If you are not paying attention to the video you will miss what happens. 

When there are no people even standing near, the glass lid to the display case clearly rises up a few inches—on its own—then settles back down on top of the display case.  What?  Yes!  It clearly does.  You can plainly see it on the video.  It levitates.  No one has an explanation.  There have been repeated examinations of the display case and surroundings.

When questioned, the museum staff did reveal that an odd event had occurred in the room the day before.  It seems some pagan worshippers had come to view the meteorite.  Had they done some conjuring or something while they were in the room?  The staff asked this rhetorical question as a joke, as there is no evidence of anything untoward occurring on the CCTV during the pagans’ visit.

Back in the USA, government employees, visitors to the capitol and security personnel gaze frequently at the chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteor displayed there in the office building.  The meteorite is steeped in the mystery of the heavens—but even with all the viewing, no bizarre events have ever been reported happening near our own celestial rock, but yes, something odd could happen.

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Quite Curious, a collection of true stories about the bizarre and unexplained. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.

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