[Nizhny Tagil is a town about 140 km North of
Yekaterinburg aka Sverdlovsk]
Newspaper Tagil Worker (Nizhny Tagil), of February 18, 1959
UNUSUAL celestial phenomena
At 6 hours and 55 minutes of local time yesterday in the
east-southeast direction of the sky at 20 degrees from the horizon
glowing ball was seen with the apparent diameter of the Moon. The
ball was moving toward in the northeast direction. About seven
o'clock a flash inside that orbit was seen and a very bright core
became visible inside the ball. The glow of the sphere itself became
more intense and a luminous cloud appeared around it, bent in the
direction of the south. Cloud spread on the entire eastern part of
the sky. Shortly thereafter, there was a second flash, it looked
like a crescent moon. The cloud gradually increased in size, in its
center witnesses could see a point of light (glow was variable in
magnitude). The ball moved in the direction northeast- east
direction. The object reached a maximum height above the horizon at
approximately 30 degrees at 7 o'clock 05 minutes. As a sphere
continued its path this unusual celestial phenomenon weakened and
Thinking that it was somehow connected with the satellite, I turned
on the receiver, but there was no signal reception.
Deputy Head of communication
Another witness testimony. It probably
describes the same event. But from a different source.
Message by citizen Piguzova
17 III To Tempalovu by K.Piguzova. 17.03.59 (17 March) Mr.
To Chief of Ivdel police department 17. II. '59 6 hrs. 50 m. Local
time, unusual phenomenon appeared in the sky. It appeared as a star
with a tail. The tail was like a dense cirrus clouds. Then the star
freed from the tail, got brighter and disappeared. It gradually
began to swell, forming a large bowl, wrapped in mist. Then, center
of this sphere lit up first forming a crescent, and then forming a
small ball, not so bright. Large bowl gradually began to fade and
became a blur. At 7 h. 05 m. Completely disappeared. Star moved from
south to north-east.
Meteorological Technician Tokarev (signature)
Head of Hydro meteorological station Piguzova (signature)
Message from Avenburg
To Prodanov and Wisniewski, 31/03/59 of 9.30 local time.
31.3 04 00 orderly Meshcheryakov noticed a large fire ring, which
moved pass us for 20 minutes, and then disappeared behind a mountain
880 (nameless mountains are given name by the elevation above sea
level, so mountain 880 is 880 meters above sea level) in
Before it disappeared over the horizon, a star appeared at the
center of the ring. This star gradually increased to a size of a
moon and began to fall down separating from the ring.
An unusual phenomenon was observed the whole staff (of the search
party) after the alarm was raised.
Please explain this phenomenon and its security threat, as in our
circumstances it produced a disturbing impression.
Avenburg Potapov Sogrin
Witness report by
Dated: March 31, 1959
"It happened early in the morning while it was still dark. Viktor Mescheryakov who stood guard that night left the tent and saw a large glowing sphere in the sky. He woke up everyone. We watched this orb (or a disk) for about 20 minutes until it didn't disappear behind the mountain. We saw it in the South- East direction from our tent. It was moving in the Northern direction. This event freaked everyone. We were sure that this event was somehow involved in the death of the Dyatlov group".