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Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? No It's A Russian ICBM.. Over Iran?

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While we are no experts in either geography (did Iran and Kazakhstan just get a lot closer?) or inter-continental ballistic missile identification (was anyone else test-firing nuclear missiles last night), the skies over Iran were glowing last night with what the news agency astrological experts said was "according to previous experiences, guessed to be the final stages of a long-range ballistic missile launcher." This is good news, for Iran, but, according to the Russian Navy blog, they are preparing for another ICBM test-firing next week... so Norway might want to be on the look-out.


Strange light in the sky in NorthWest Iran was Russian ICBM, INSA Says

Initial reports Mnttshr late Tuesday night, showed the bright object in the sky at around 21:41 hours on the same period in Tabriz and Urmia Sky and other cities in East and West Azarbaijan, has been observed.


Zare true amateurs Urmia said the unidentified object in the vicinity of 30 degrees above the horizon 21 hours and 40 minutes West has seen around June. Witnesses reported that a luminous object shaped tapered tail cone of the cone to the north and the south were targeted.


With notice of the cone, and repeat it several times to collect pictures of this phenomenon in the Iranian sky, space science and editorial experts on the nature of space phenomena discovered astronomy.






Shahram Yazdanpanah, a space scientist said: "The time compared to the sunset viewing area, shape and appearance of the observed phenomena and observed a large area, leaving no doubt that we have an orbital phenomena, have been. According to previous experiences and observations of a phenomenon that is guessed to tank the final stages of a long-range ballistic missile launchers or space must belong. Place it most likely occurred at much height at which time the night is over, and so there is still sunlight reflected sunlight from the fuel tank gases abandoned, Tuesday evening in the West,'s probably scene daunting Iranian is created. "ballistic missiles, space rockets close to the very structure of the upper atmosphere layers are crossed.


Yazdanpanah was founded in response to the phenomenon of Astronomy magazine said: «? according to location, space launchers, the observed phenomenon seems to have been the result of a space-launched ballistic missiles most likely to be the test is related to the Russian

And so while Iran (and Kazakhstan) may now be clear... the Russian Navy has said another ICBM launch is coming...




So maybe looking North this time? Perhaps Norway should lock its doors?

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Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:23 | 4782255 813kml
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The 4th of July might come early this year.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:30 | 4782275 ACP
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Makes sense, someone is banging up this market like there's "no tomorrow".

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:33 | 4782287 power steering
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If they build cars at GM the way they build those missle defense systems well then......

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:36 | 4782299 Jack's Digestib...
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"Shahram Yazdanpanah, a space scientist said:..."


Sounds legit.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:39 | 4782308 power steering
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I think it's time for your paid menstrual leave

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 18:53 | 4783014 knukles
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This same cone aerial phenomenon has been seen all over Europe, Russia, the Nordic countries for several years without commensurate rocket launches by anybody.
That's a fact.
No, nobody knows what they are.
They move too slowly for rockets.....

You'd be more comfortable with this, suspending some disbelief

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:40 | 4782309 I am more equal...
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Looks like a birdie from badminton to me. 


Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:44 | 4782323 McMolotov
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Space shuttlecock?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:47 | 4782331 Temporalist
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Putin just can't keep it in his pants.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:43 | 4782552 DaddyO
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Anyone remember the one off the Cali coast a while back?


Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:57 | 4782604 pods
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I remember watching that the night it went off. Even the news was excited talking about the rocket.

When the DoD came out and said it wasn't theirs, then all of a sudden it was that jet, yeah, a jet.


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:36 | 4785634 matrix2012
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hmmm badminton?

did you mean the Thomas & Uber Cups playing the last four in New Delhi at the moment?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:49 | 4782335 urbanelf
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Space scientist?  I'm pretty sure ICBMs fall under future-weapons and terror-from-above science.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:47 | 4782332 DutchR
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Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus..............

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:57 | 4782351 Citxmech
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". . . the observed phenomenon seems to have been the result of a space-launched ballistic missile[]"

Er . . .   space launched?  Isn't that a HUGE treaty violation and kind of a super-big deal?  See;  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Space_Treaty

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:11 | 4782419 Day_Of_The_Tentacle
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My guess is that it is a case of distorted pixels.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 19:29 | 4783118 Pickleton
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Donchu worry none, Preezy stompy foot is shore to swing his arms, huff and puff, and yammer about red lines.   Oh wait.  


Ya, and back in reality we can prolly expect to get severely EMPd in the not too distant future.



Wed, 05/21/2014 - 19:39 | 4783143 Flagit
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Was wondering if anyone was going to catch that.

Now is as good a time as any. So now we have mystery space missiles, and a missing airplane.

I think its time to give serious consideration to the possibility we have a real life James Bond villain on the loose.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:33 | 4782283 CrashisOptimistic
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The most important story of the year, Tyler, heads up.




The EIA has reduced by 96% estimates of recoverable oil in the Monterrey shale, which had been thought to hold 66% of the US's shale oil.

Of course, at WTI's $104, maybe Iran will be faster getting theirs shipped to the Russian pipelines northward.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:36 | 4782300 power steering
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Yeah the same guy claiming that 66% of US recoverable shale oil was in CA ? HAhaha

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:01 | 4782367 Spastica Rex
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So where is it?

You seem smart, and sound like you know.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 21:08 | 4783371 GoinFawr
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jeez SR, everybody knows that 2/3 of US oil reserves are in Canuckistan.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:16 | 4782451 Jumbotron
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HAH !!

It's a Badminton Shuttlecock !!!

I thought Badminton was banned by the Muzzies in Iran because you have to say "cock" when you say Shuttlecock.  ;)  LOL !

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:24 | 4782258 Magnix
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Thats probably the flying bug or bird on that photo - next!

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:25 | 4782262 Winston Churchill
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Weather balloon.
Aren't they all.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:37 | 4782302 Hippocratic Oaf
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Of all people, you should know better.



Buzz Bomb


Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:24 | 4782259 Baldershymn
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Intercontinental Aurora Boris Missle Spiraling over Norway. Life is such a soap opera...

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:58 | 4782354 Citxmech
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WTF was that anyway?  About the only thing I'm sure of is that is was not some quaint visual artifact from a malfunctioning rocket. . .  

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:27 | 4782268 Devotional
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Norway finally gets some light. Awesome!

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:28 | 4782271 pods
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Funny but those people in the pic don't seem to be wearing a suicide vest.  And they have electricity?

I thought all of those terrists were plotting to disembowel all of us?  How do they have time for a stroll by the pond?


Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:38 | 4782529 TheFourthStooge-ing
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...and the sand. Where's all the sand? They're not even wearing turbans, and there's not a sign of a camel anywhere.

Don't they know that there are American stereotypes to conform to?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 19:33 | 4783128 BlindMonkey
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They hate is for our freedoms.

(I get the biggest chuckle from saying that these days.)

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:31 | 4782278 hoist the bs flag
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 oh look...it's roughly a quarter's worth of a "Norway Spiral"...

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:31 | 4782281 buzzsaw99
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Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:33 | 4782284 Spungo
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It's Big Pharma. They're planning to detonate a large nuclear device above major US cities so the cancer rates go up and they can make money through cancer treatment!
/Alex Jones 

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:33 | 4782285 b_thunder
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Yesterday Russian PR claimed that the test was sucessful and "hit the intended target" somewhere in Kazakhstan... after a fly-by over Iran?   Well, at least it didn't explode a few seconds after take-off like the latest satellite Putin tried to launch.

For the russians that already counts as "success."



Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:57 | 4782352 Hippocratic Oaf
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Me thinks you have the Ruskies and the North Vietnamese confused, eh?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:06 | 4782399 Poundsand
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It's not the missle that typically leaves this type of trail, it's the rocket stage after separation.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:08 | 4782406 Zwelgje
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Don't make a fool of yourself. 

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:40 | 4782541 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Don't make a fool of yourself.

Too late. b_thunder has a firmly established net.kook reputation.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:34 | 4782288 NoWayJose
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Hey, don't give the false flag gang at the CIA any more ideas - like routing missiles over unfriendly countries to make it look like the unfriendly countries launched them toward friendly countries.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:35 | 4782292 Frank N. Beans
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no, it's a giant badminton birdie


Wed, 05/21/2014 - 19:36 | 4783135 BlindMonkey
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This will be a fun show when the SEIU is the first to wage a Frank Herbert inspired Butlerian Jihad against the service robots.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:42 | 4782315 bbq on whitehou...
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Physics majors: does that curve look right to you?
Anyone want to try the math?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:16 | 4782450 Quantum Nucleonics
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Yes, it's actually about right.  The missile was fired from from a site near Volgograd.  ICBM's fly to a height of about 600 miles.  From Iran it should appear low on the northern horizon.  Used to see similar sights all the time in California when the Air Force launched ICBM's from Vandenberg.  It's probably the second stage re-entering the atmosphere.

The interesting thing is how short the flight was.  Volgograd to Kazakhstan is probably near the minimum range for an SS-25. They usually fire them off towards Kamchatka.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 17:55 | 4782819 americanspirit
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Great observation Quantum Nucleoniocs - so the Russians are seeing how well their MIRV'd SS-25 performs at shorter ranges. Hmmmm. What targets could possibly be within "shorter" ranges from Russian ICBM sites?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:43 | 4782317 Toolshed
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Obviously a comet. Nothing to see here. Move along citizen.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:54 | 4782346 Dr. Engali
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Looks like we are sending ground troops to Nigeria. #invadeanotherbrowncountry.

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 16:00 | 4782360 Winston Churchill
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Just as well there is no oil there otherwise their motives might be dishonest.
Oh wait....

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