Mysterious ‘explosions’ of light have been spotted high above the surface of our planet, by a Russian satellite built to monitor for cosmic rays.
The Lomonosov satellite is named after scientist Mikhail Lomonosov, and is built to study high-energy cosmic rays and light phenomena in the upper atmosphere.
The researchers believe that the ‘explosions’ it has spotted may be a new and unknown phenomenon.
Mikhail Panasyuk, Director of the Research Institute of Nuclear Physics at Moscow State University said, ‘With the help of the telescope, we have obtained even more important results than we expected.
‘For example, during Lomonosov’s flight at an altitude of several dozen kilometers, we have registered several times a very powerful “explosion” of light
‘But everything was clear underneath it, no storms, no clouds.’
The satellite was launched into orbit in 2017 and is equipped with a space telescope to measure cosmic rays.
It also has instruments on board to study gamma ray bursts and the Earth’s magnetosphere, Sputnik reported.