A blue light first appeared from behind a mountain, and created a giant spiral in the sky within seconds. Perhaps even more baffling, a green-blue beam of light appeared to shoot from the center. The entire display remained in the sky for a good ten to twelve minutes--enough time for photographers across Norway to shoot hundreds of images and capture video:
Universe Today raises the possibility that the spiraling pattern represents a tumbling rocket stage spewing fuel. But Russia denied having conducted missile tests in the area.
UpdateA consensus has grown that a rocket launch was the cause. Some folks from the Bad Astronomy/Universe Today forum have whipped up a 3D simulation of how a fuel dump from a rocket motor could cause exactly what was observed:
It's also worth noting that a similar phenomenon apparently appeared over China back in April 2009:
We're still betting on some rocket test gone awry, or else a really far-out art display by a guerilla artiste with a penchant for science. Inter-dimensional research or the beginning stages of an alien invasion remain farther down the probability list.
Check out more photos of the phenomenon here
Looked like an attempted wormhole/id travel port.
A logical explanation would be a space object, possibly with a ice core, entered the atmosphere, gases from the super heated melting ice caused the object to spin as in plummeted to earth creating the spiral effect. Or something of that nature.
lnwolf41 UPDATE... Russian missle failure. Its official
No its not. I think that if these are hostile aliens then im in my bunker see ya
Could it be a wormhole? could this be a deep space 9?
I think it just might be the effect radiation from space entering earths Atmosphere at the same time the magnetic pole shift making the air displaces in once concentrated source of light.
Or its swamp gas?
@Deductions: I don't think you have to worry about president Obama, he was in Oslo which is in the south of Norway while this happened in the very north. The distance is about 1000 miles.
As of what the "spiral" consists of... Well. If it's fuel, then in the best case it's just kerosene. In the worst case, it's hydrazine which is really the worst type of "dragons blood" there is. Horrible stuff.
Some sources have also claimed that the spiral is not the result of a failure at all, but is intentionally created to deflect lasers (tracking or blasting? I have no idea). In this case it could be something as innocent as plain water.
I would not think this is water unless it is at a very very high altitude. The light emissions are more likely some chemical shell decaying, like that which occurs when something 'burns up' in the atmosphere. This does not easily occur with water as it is already 'burnt'.
Hydrazine plume is a bit more difficult for me to assess.
I would not think that the density of this plum is high enough to cause significant interaction with a battle laser. Even a signalling laser should not be much affected.
High velocity heavy particles streaming out in a pattern like this could have interesting consequences to incoming projectiles however. If these particles were lead or something as heavy it would not take very many to have significant impact on incoming warheads.
The fact that the plume is very organized, uniform and therefore would seem to be spinning at very very high velocity it would seem that possibly unless designed to do so the rocket may simply break up due to centrifugal forces.
The pattern over china does appear more like a rocket gone awry as the plume is more organized. The north china incident also appears to be spinning much slower like momentum is affecting the flight path.
First, what's behind the mountain ridge?
Second, it almost looks like there's a light or force being emitted from behind that ridge.
It seems as if it's trajectory is moving but the spiral stays stationary. The article stated that it was not the Northern Lights, which I've seen a few times and agree it does not. But it does looks like a gas.
The video definitely makes the picture even more interesting.
Solar winds, maybe? It's hard to tell. It would be helpful if there were videos/pictures from another angle.
So Russian missile failure, huh? That's too bland.
If we guess what it is correctly can we win a tool?
i think it might really be aliens doing some thing ecause we cant rule them out all together
<Im Awsome>lol But there are still many explanations and if there are aliens whos to say they're doing something hostile the could be using some giant scanner of some sort
<Im Awsome>lol maybe it is some sort of reaction due to the sun and that giant hole in the ozone layer
It is raptor Jesus.
well the russians anmitted it was a failed missle test. stage 3 of a new rocket. aperently 7 out of 9 failures or something like that
If I were a soviet researcher who had just conducted a successful missile defense shield test I would also claim it was an errant rocket and we were a complete failure.
what about HAARP?
ITS NOT A MISSILE! For craps sake! The whips coming off of the center of that thing are HUNDREDS of miles wide! It would take a NUKE to produce that kind of energy!
It happened over 12 minutes! THOUSANDS of people in Norway caught it on their cell phone cameras!
ON TOP OF THAT, if it WERE an object re entering our atmosphere, there is no way the jet stream would allow it to be that symmetrical. The winds in the upper atmosphere are upwards to 100 MPH, which means that any gas or liquid fuel ignited in the atmosphere would appear as a giant cloud, not perfectly symmetrical whips.
We're getting closer to 2012 folks... expect more crazy crap like this.
does anyone know anything about HAARP?
Looks like another "Tunguska Event" to me.
I do not believe this is a missle or somesort of light bending technique.
People siad it was a russian missle test and that we should get over it, but the Russian military cleary said they werent conduting any military missle test in that area. Further more, i looked up test missle gone wrong and they do have some sort of a spiral shape when they go wrong, but it does not last 12min and it it is not that perfect.
The real answer is starting to come out.
1.Eathier this was planned for the arival for obama witch would susgest that high authorities will be talking about outside life.
2.This was some form of outside life eathier working working with our government or maybe jsut a sign.
3.This was a russian "secret missle" test that they didnt want anybody to know about. if this is the case, then it must be some new, very future type technology and that leaves to the question, where did they get it?
I believe the simulation is correct, but what kind of missile falls into the atmosphere from that height? ICBMs? Why does Russia have an ICBM flying high over Norway? One could draw a line from Russia to the US East Coast over Norway. Is this the dawn of a new cold war?
Nice handle. That was one of mine on another forum until my political views and unbridled disdain for Republicans got me banned there...
Don't know if you are old enough to remember, but we used to hear all sorts of terrible stories about how the pesticides and preservatives in apples produced unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine when cooked.
Heck. It can't be all that bad if I lived through all those apple pies. Right?
I remember well all of my dad's stories from his missile and rocket days about unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine and red fuming nitric acid.
How do you know they're hundreds of miles wide? How do you obtain an accurate estimate based on the perspective here? They very well could be, but it's difficult to tell.
"Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, suggested that the unusual light display occurred when the missile's third stage nozzle was damaged, causing the exhaust to come out sideways and sending the missile into a spin."
That coupled with the fact that the supposed launch happened at 8a.m. means the sun was in just the right position to illuminate the particles in the sky.
Additionally, the missiles have a range of about 5000 miles, which means that they could indeed get high enough where this phenomenon could be produced.
Because if you look at how high the phenomenon was, versus the ridge line of the mountains, it lends to say that the measurements of each whip would be the same or more that then entire ridge line of said mountains.
Even if the light was only one mile up from the mountains, each whip exceeds the length of the mountain line. Hence: hundreds of miles.
A missile could get that high, yes. But an explosion of that magnitude would have caused a cloud, burning debris, not to mention... A LOUD SOUND... if it were within our atmosphere. But if your about to say it isn't in our atmosphere than you admit the whips had to be hundreds of miles long.
seatellite-- I was thinking the same thing. It could be a "leak" yes, but a spray of fuel hundreds of miles long? I don't think so.
What easily explains this is that the display was mettallic particles.
I reference a fireworks spinner which produces much the same effect. Now if you were to consider four rockets. Two powerful rockets assuring spinning then two other smaller rockets that shoot small particles you can easily see how a spinner can shoot particles very far very fast.
The part that makes this potentially a weapon is the 15 minute duration. What failing rocket continues to spew the 'wrong direction' for 15 minutes?
However it is Ideal for a missile shield if you shot up 10 at one time overlapping. 100 such missles would provide substantial cover while someone on the other side was pummeled.
That this 15 minutes was some type of after effect is a possibility but not likely in my view for something that spewed out 100's of miles. Particle spew 100's of miles not vapors.
All in all the only thing that make sense is an advance missile shield...
I should have said, 'particles spew 100's of miles not vapors' rather than 'particle spew'.
I meant to say that the smaller rockets would be aimed opposite the larger rockets. In this way the smaller rockets would be sending out very high velocity particles.