Light in the sky over Norway, see at 7:50 am local time. Photo: Jan Petter Jørgensen via Vaeret

Weird Giant Spiral Seen in Sky over Norway

9 Dec , 2009 by

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Apparently, this is not a Photoshopped image, as there are several more just like it, taken from various locations. This morning in northern Norway, people saw a strange light in the sky which shocked residents and so far, the phenomenon has yet to be explained. This picture was taken from a pier, looking to the east, approximately at 07.50 am local time. “I can imagine that it went on for two, three minutes,” said the photographer Jan Petter Jørgensen. “It was unbelievable. I was quite shaken when I saw it.”

The spiral as seen over Borras, Norway.  Via Altaposten.no

The spiral as seen over Borras, Norway. Via Altaposten.no


“It consisted initially of a green beam of light similar in colour to the aurora with a mysterious rotating spiral at one end,” said another eyewitness, Nick Banbury of Harstad, quoted on Spaceweather.com. “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. According to the press, this could be seen all over northern norway and must therefore have been very high up in the atmosphere to be seen hundreds of km apart.”

Here’s a link to a video of the spiral forming.

“[A popular] suggestion at the moment is that it was a rocket shot up by a Russian submarine in the White Sea, but the Russians deny this apparently. A big mystery indeed!”

UPDATE (Dec. 10): Russia has finally admitted a missile accident with the Bulava ICBM. This rocket already has failed six of 13 previous tests, according to the BBC, so Russia might have been a little embarrassed about it. See our additional article the on “Norway Spiral.”

According to NRK, there were advance warnings about several Russian missile launches from the White Sea from December 7-10, but an anonymous source in the Northern Fleet said they had no information about the incident. Press Attaché from Russia’s Embassy in Oslo, Vladimir Isupov, did not have any immediate information that could explain the light phenomenon over Northern Norway.

UPDATE: Doug Ellison from UnmannedSpaceflight.com did a very cool simulation of a tumbling rocket stage throwing out unspent fuel in two directions, and what it would look like. The question, though would be how the spiral of fuel was lit. It possibly could have been back-lit by the soon-to-rise sun.

Another eyewitness said, “We saw it from the Inner Harbor in Tromsø. It was absolutely fantastic. It almost looked like a rocket that spun around and around, and then went diagonally down the heavens. It looked like the moon was coming over the mountain, but then came something completely different, “said Totto Eriksen.

We’ll keep you posted on any explanations that come out on this!

I also received a report today from a geophysicist in Papua, Indonesia who observed “an enormous flare (bolide?) visible here at Tomage (2°39’27″S 132°59’27″E), and the sighting was at a bearing approximately 165 (East of South) and the flare seemed to begin at about 30 degrees above the horizon.” Paul Anderson said the date and time of the flare was approximately 2009.12.09 12:39 UTC

“I have seen meteors all my life but this was extraordinarily bright and lit up the sky. Not sure what the trajectory was aside from a slight (15 degrees, perhaps) trend to the West but this should probably be known
somewhere. My guess is it entered steeply from the North,” he said.

Anyone else in or near Indonesia see anything similar?

Sources: Vaeret, Altaposten, NRK, Spaceweather.com



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tacitus
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December 9, 2009 12:08 PM

If nothing else this is going to send the UFO nuts into overdrive for the next few days — until the next “mystery” comes along.

J. Major
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December 9, 2009 2:28 PM

And all the Norwegians now have X-ray vision. See through clothes! Fool your friends!

Seriously though….that’s pretty weird. I hope they publish the real cause of it!!

Aqua4U
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December 9, 2009 11:17 AM

Jah-jah… contrail? or? I went to the links at SpaceWeather.com and saw the videos (X4) of this strange object. My take? A Ruski rocket gone bad?

Donno about the coincidence with the Indonesian bolide. The timing @ 2009.12.09 12:39 UTC does not match the Norwegian sighting @ 7:50 AM (5:50 AM UTC?), so unless the object ‘skipped’ out of the atmosphere, circled the globe a couple times, then re-entered.. How could they would be related?

Savino
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Savino
December 9, 2009 9:58 AM

Now, that´s an UFO!

clatonium
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clatonium
December 9, 2009 10:38 AM

Oh God they’re here. I hope they have brought new flavors of ice cream from distant worlds.

Sili
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Sili
December 9, 2009 10:44 AM

No, it doesn’t look for the flying anywhere.

Sili
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Sili
December 9, 2009 10:45 AM

* look to be

brundall
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brundall
December 9, 2009 11:08 AM

It’s not Dec ember 21st 2012 yet – so I am not worried at all by this apparent alien take over.

Jon Hanford
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Jon Hanford
December 9, 2009 12:11 PM

Looking at all the videos and photos linked from SpaceWeather.com I noticed a few that showed a bright contrail, separate from the green corkscrew and spiral, rising in a twilight sky. That’s a rocket contrail. It should be interesting to hear the official explanation as to what exactly happened with this launch.

TD
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TD
December 9, 2009 12:16 PM

My guess, if there is no hoax involved, is that it’s some marker chemical sprayed into an auroral vortex (what are known to exist – I wasn’t aware that they could be this big and well defined). Now will you review my book?

BeckyWS
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BeckyWS
December 9, 2009 12:23 PM

@ Clatonium-
Genuinely LOL’d grin

Anders Feder
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Anders Feder
December 9, 2009 12:43 PM

Several of the photos show a more ‘chaotic’ smoke plume near the ground, which would seem to support the idea that it was a missile.

BlueAmberol
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BlueAmberol
December 9, 2009 12:47 PM

I saw something like this many years ago. We lived miles east of Los Angeles which was replacing electric trolleys With busses and freeways. Still not much smog so it was clear and one could see a long way.
Something shot up from Vandenberg AFB and soon began to spin. The next day, the newspapers had a small article about an unsuccessful missile launch.

SuperKevin
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SuperKevin
December 9, 2009 1:09 PM

Too organized to be natural. I would guess it was some type of missle test, but then again why would you test something at 7-8am when there would be thousands of witnesses…

Lawrence B. Crowell
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Lawrence B. Crowell
December 9, 2009 1:44 PM

I saw a rocket from White Sands Missile Range fly out of control. It did not spiral around like this, but rather randomly went around a region of the sky. It moved at about a comparable speed across the sky as this.

LC

Quetzalcoatl
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Quetzalcoatl
December 9, 2009 2:26 PM

Well, the witness accounts of the “green beam” remaining in view until after the spiral expanded into a halo would seem to rule out a missile or rocket test explanation.

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ryanelliott
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ryanelliott
December 9, 2009 4:04 PM

I live in New Jersey in the USA and some friends of mine saw something very similar while fishing one night. who knows what it could be but i would love to know. Apparently it was gone as fast as it came.

slobodan
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slobodan
December 9, 2009 4:11 PM

Isn’t it too regularly shaped for a failed rocket missile test? And why would they test it so close and visible to all?

The Eclectic Exterminator of Stupid Electricians
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The Eclectic Exterminator of Stupid Electricians
December 9, 2009 11:40 PM

Oh no!!!

It’s NASA’s Secret Massive Extragalactic Spiral Galaxy Generator (SMEGG) being finally exposed!

I believe it is the barred-spiral generator and not the elliptical generator, the latter they have been testing for the last forty of fifty years.

Some employee is sure gonna get it now. He’ll and probably lose his job, or worse might be jailed forever for exposing state secrets! Poor fella!

irakli
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irakli
December 10, 2009 12:53 AM

Hold on there conspiracy theoirist and alien believers. Sure it was Russian missile called “BULAVA”. Another failed test. It was test number 13 by the way. It was self-destructed on the third stage of its launch. It was comparatively more successful test compared to previous ones when the rocket was destructed on the first and the second stages. The missile was mounted on Russian nuclear submarine “Dmitry Donsky”.
The Russian SS-NX-30, or Bulava, is an intercontinental-range, submarine launched, solid propellant ballistic missile. It is version of world’s most advanced ICBM RS-24.
So here you have it all folks.

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