Strange sky spiral freaks out Norway

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It was Thursday night when locals from Norway started to notice a strange, rotating light that just baffled them. It was visible long enough to be seen, photographed and recorded by half of country. The blue light seemed to appear from behind the top of a mountain; it rose, began to spin, then began to circulate.

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Naturally, as it became more and more visible, the questions became more and more pressing. Witnesses recorded it seemed to be computer generated, and nothing like auroras or some other natural phenomenon.

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“We are used to seeing lots of auroras here in Arctic Norway, but on my way to work this morning I saw something completely unexpected. Between 7:50 and 8:00 a.m. local time, there was a strange light in the sky. It consisted initially of a green beam of light similar in color to the aurora with a mysterious rotating spiral at one end. This spiral then got bigger and bigger until it turned into a huge halo in the sky with the green beam extending down to the earth.”, said a witness.

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Because it was visible to so many, it’s obvious that it took place at a really high altitude, which was confirmed by astronauts from all over the world. However… they weren’t able to explain what it is.

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“My first thought was that it was a fireball meteor, but it has lasted far too long. It may have been a missile in Russia, but I can not guarantee that it is the answer.”, astronomer Knut Jorgen Roed Odegaard

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However, the Russian government strongly denied this possibility (big surprise, huh?), and no firm evidence was found to support this theory. Of course there were claims that it was an UFO (I can only imagine what people would have said if this happened in the US). So, until this is sorted out, I hope they come in peace (whether it’s the aliens or the Russians).

6 thoughts on “Strange sky spiral freaks out Norway

  1. Merijn Vogel

    It was confirmed that this was a russian experiment with rockets.

    See here:

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/12/09/awesomely-bizarre-light-show-freaks-out-norway/

    From the comments there:
    There are now sources (TV2) in Norway reporting the Russians have confirmed a failed Bulava ICBM test (possibly the last ever Bulava).

    In addition there were mariner warnings to stay out of that area of the White Sea for a rocket launch.

    And here for a second one:

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/12/12/another-russian-rocket-spiral-lights-up-the-sky/

  2. rogerscottq

    There are actually more mysteries now that the Russians have claimed responsibility than there were before. The follow-up on this story is truly pathetic by all the media. We’ll probably have to wait for some History channel show to dig and get the gritty details. I’ve seen film footage of rockets spiraling out of control, but not in any stationary position. And since when would such a mishap result in a ‘beam shooting to the ground’?

  3. rogerscottq

    Another thing: when there was so much good footage and clear photos, why would the media rely so heavily on cgi and animations to represent this? At this moment, even amongst the pics you show, I can’t be certain what has and has not been retouched. It’s pathetic is what it is.

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