What in the world is up with Russia? Literally UP, as in up in the air from unexpected and unexplained massive flashes of lights. They happen so quickly that the only way we're even able to see these events is courtesy of motorists who use dashcams while they drive.
The image above shows, at left, the most recent of these bizarre occurrences, which took place a little after midnight on March 17 in the sky above the southern Russian city of Stavropol. The blue-white flash of light lasted only a couple of seconds.
Watch this video of the bright flash as posted by the Russia Today broadcast network: "It wasn't a meteorological event. There wasn't a storm," Natalya Kimenko, an analyst at the Stavropol Meteorological Center, told ABC News. "More likely, it is something made by a human being." This isn't the first time in recent memory that such an unusual incident was witnessed and videotaped in Russia. Just four months ago, on Nov. 14, a dashcam captured another spectacular light explosion in the night sky that could be seen for miles over the Sverdlovsk region of Russia. The right side of the main image at the top of this story shows the November sky flash. Theories for that event ranged from a UFO to a meteor to military activities -- none of which have been confirmed to date. Watch this video of the spectacular November sky light burst: In both cases, there was no reported accompanying sound to the light flashes. Of the March 17 incident, Russia Today reported "The soundless flash of light scared several people, as it made some streetlights in the city go out, while being accompanied by the flickering of lights inside apartments and houses." The map below shows the areas in Russia where both sky flashes occurred. sverdlovskstavropol Yuri Varakin, a Stavropol Center meteorologist, told ABC News the Stavropol light display may have been caused by a powerful projector lamp that airports use to measure cloud height. That's some powerful lamp.