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Gigantic Spiral of Light Observed Over Norway; Rocket To Blame?

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the they-get-all-the-cool-stuff dept.

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Ch_Omega writes "A mysterious light display appearing over Norway last night (more pictures) has left thousands of residents in the north of the country baffled. Witnesses from Trøndelag to Finnmark compared the amazing display to anything from a Russian rocket to a meteor to a shock wave — although no one appears to have mentioned UFOs yet. The phenomenon began when what appeared to be a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain. It stopped mid-air, then began to circulate. Within seconds a giant spiral had covered the entire sky. Then a green-blue beam of light shot out from its center — lasting for ten to twelve minutes before disappearing completely. The Norwegian Meteorological Institute was flooded with telephone calls after the light storm — which astronomers have said did not appear to have been connected to the aurora, or Northern Lights, so common in that area of the world." The Bad Astronomer makes the case that a malfunctioning rocket spewing fuel is a parsimonious explanation, backed up by witnesses to similar events and a cool simulation (on video). An anonymous reader suggests that this Proton-M Carrier Rocket might be responsible for the display.

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The Norse Were Right! (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380362)

Odin's back. And he's pissed. The spiral is his wide brimmed hat. And he's finally got his favorite blue laser back from Loki. Unfortunately he can only use it on one person per night. Huginn and Muninn are doing surveillance right now so it's time to get those shrines up in the backyard, people! Raise your cups of mead and abandon Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc. The Norse were right, repent before it's too late! Finally, a reason to worship a deity I can identify with--Loki!

Re:The Norse Were Right! (2, Interesting)

yincrash (854885) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380460)

are you sure it wasn't the asgard vs the goauld over scandinavia?

Re:The Norse Were Right! (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380964)

I think that was John Crichton opening a wormhole.

Re:The Norse Were Right! (5, Funny)

dzelenka (630044) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380462)

Has anyone considered that this is just an NVidia ad for their new Blu-Ray 3D format?

Am I posting to the correct story?

Re:The Norse Were Right! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380756)

The nazis are coming back from outer space... ha ha ha

LCD Projector FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380378)

I remember a light display for a "grand opening" of a restaurant here. They used huge floodlights to "beam" an image on to the clouds above (originally intended for a large white screen in the parking lot).
While those images were stagnant, I see no reason why the phenomenon couldn't be repeated 10+ years later with a more advanced tool.

Re:LCD Projector FTW (5, Funny)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380526)

Except that multiple images from multiple angles show a circular phenomenon, which means that the source must be roughly spherical.

Also, there are no clouds in any of the images.

Also, you're an idiot.

Re:LCD Projector FTW (2, Insightful)

Ian Alexander (997430) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380660)

I see no reason why the phenomenon couldn't be repeated 10+ years later with a more advanced tool.

Then you haven't seen the pictures of this thing, because there are no clouds on which to project an image.

My vote's on the rocket hypothesis. It's simpler than supposing somebody managed to project an image of spirals onto an invisible screen in the sky for no discernible reason.

Re:LCD Projector FTW (3, Interesting)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380954)

My vote's on the rocket hypothesis.

While I consider myself a skeptic, the "it's a rocket" explanation sounds really dubious to me - it's like hearing loud creaking noises and banging and saying "oh, it's just wind" - disregarding the fact that wind isn't capable of producing such noise.

IANARS, but I haven't ever seen anything even close to what the photos look like IRL, nor on any real photos, including those of various rocket launches, etc. Nor can I think of any sound reason as to why a flying or even exploding rocket may produce an effect such as this, especially the beam (keep in mind that it appeared after the rotating sphere, not before it).

If anyone who has a deeper understanding of the subject can come up with a sufficiently detailed and plausible explanation of how exactly a rocket may have caused this, I'm all ears.

Oh, as a side note (and to keep the conspiracy theory going), the "someone [Russians?] testing a new secret rocket" and "aliens!" theories are not mutually exclusive. If we see Poland invaded tomorrow from the east by hovertanks on antigravs with huge red stars painted of them, we'll know for sure.

Did we (1)

haderytn (1232484) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380400)

kill an alien?

Where is my kaboom? (4, Funny)

Tofino (628530) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380410)

There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!

Re:Where is my kaboom? (1)

Jeppe Salvesen (101622) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380762)

There was. Huge boom. Allegedly hears across hundreds of miles. I bet the operator hit the "self destruct" button.

it's the LHC i say! j/k (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380418)

lol, maybe it was the LHC.

Atlast... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380424)

They are here!!!

It's the LHC (2, Funny)

wiredog (43288) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380430)

Sending Bogons back from the Future.

no ufos (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380432)

...although no one appears to have mentioned UFOs yet.

The reason nobody's mentioned UFOs yet is because whatever it was originated from the Earth. Unless I'm seriously mistaken, UFOs tend to come from space, not the ground.

Re:no ufos (1, Insightful)

ls671 (1122017) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380634)

> UFOs tend to come from space, not the ground.

How do they take off to get back home then ?

Re:no ufos (5, Insightful)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380694)

The reason nobody's mentioned UFOs yet is because whatever it was originated from the Earth.

No, the reason nobody's mentioned UFOs yet is because this phenomenon was spotted over Norway, not Arkansas.

Re:no ufos (2, Informative)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380962)

UFO-Norway [www.ufo.no] Arkansas, on the other hand, has no organization devoted to UFOs and ranks far behind California and New York in number of reports.

Re:no ufos (3, Insightful)

Neil Watson (60859) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380768)

UFO's are unidentified. Everything about a UFO is unknown. Space is one, albeit very unlikely, UFO hypothesis.

Re:no ufos (4, Informative)

Travis Mansbridge (830557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380804)

U.F.O. stands for Unidentified Flying Object. Those are the only conditions for being a U.F.O.

Re:no ufos (2, Informative)

Trace Bullet (1199411) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380810)

Isn't UFO simply an acronym for "Unidentified flying object"? I'm pretty sure this phenomenon counts as one.

Re:no ufos (2, Informative)

Jeppe Salvesen (101622) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380912)

In fact, the vast majority of UFOs have been proven to originate from earth. That is, all that have been identified and thus are no longer unidentified. We cannot from the observations rule out extraterrestrial visitors, but it appears to be pretty unlikely.

BA (4, Funny)

Yert (25874) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380434)

BadAsstronomer seems to have picked up on a TV station's assertion that it was a russian ICBM test launch - it's certainly pretty, but unfortunately, not the black hole the LHC was supposed to bring us. Bastards.

Re:BA (1)

jimbobborg (128330) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380560)

And yet, the Soviets, er, Russians deny that they were testing anything there. Personally, I think it's a prelude to an alien attack. Their agents on Earth are beaming a signal to indicate that we here on Earth are too primitive to fight back. Well, it was nice knowing you.

Re:BA (3, Interesting)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380872)

The third picture on the second link clearly shows a vapour trail lit by the fading sunset. However I think physicists are going to have a hard time explaining a rotating spiral and a blue beam of light with ice crystals.

Swirly Thing Alert! (4, Funny)

Tofino (628530) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380440)

All hands on deck: Swirly thing alert!

Re:Swirly Thing Alert! (3, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380876)

Attention travellers: The Department of Homeland Security Threat Level is currently set to Swirly.

Relax people (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380446)

Its simply the aurora borealis caused by some escaped gasses from the planet Venus.

Now go back to sleep.

Ob. Men In Black: (4, Funny)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380580)

Ob. Men In Black:

"The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus."

Re:Relax people (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380698)

Aurora Borealis? At this time of the year, in this part of the country, located entirely in your internets?

Yes.

May I see it?

No.

Re:Relax people (1)

Smelly Jeffrey (583520) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380806)

Agnes: "Seymour! The house is on fire!"
Skinner: "No, mother. It's just the Northern Lights."
Chalmers: "Well, Seymour, you are an odd fellow, but I must say you steam a good ham."
Agnes: "Help! Help!"

Re:Relax people (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380820)

"Its simply the aurora borealis..."

[Carla says to Cliff]: You're a roaring borealis.

Well.... (5, Funny)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380470)

...I for one...
Welcome our now very dizzy alien overlords...

Re:Well.... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380664)

But I'm too dizzy to bow to the overlords.

Re:Well.... (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380792)

I personally enjoyed your particular twist to that meme.

Re:Well.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380856)

Oh, it is just the messiah...

And odin, loki and nazi of course...

Oh My... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380472)

And this happens on the day the new LHC has hit record voltage????

I for one welcome our new borealis-like leaders.

Other explanations (1, Insightful)

HangingChad (677530) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380486)

Another possible explanation is that the original rocket was a target drone with rocket assisted take off. The light could have been a ground laser engaging the drone. If you've ever seen a test of a large scale laser, you can't really tell if the beam originates on the ground or from the target, if you can see it at all.

Although a 10 minute kill time challenges that theory. A laser anti-aircraft weapon for engaging targets that conveniently linger over the target area for an extended period of time. Not exactly a Death Star, is it?

Cool... but mundane - It was a Rocket! (5, Informative)

dtolman (688781) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380492)

I got this from the BA forum:

Blogs / Bad Astronomy
  Terra spots a volcanic plume
Awesomely bizarre light show freaks out Norway
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[UPDATE: See bottom of post; I knew it!]

Earlier in the morning today (around 8:00 a.m. local time) this weird thing was seen over the skies of Norway:

norway_spiral

My first reaction when I saw that was, "What the FRAK is THAT?!" My second thought was, "Photoshop". But then I saw lots of pictures of this on a bunch of different Norwegian media, so I don't think it's a digital hoax. Then videos started surfacing, like this one, which clearly show the spiral spinning. It's not just a static picture, whatever this thing was; it was really in the sky.

However, after a moment, I realized this must be a rocket, most likely spiraling out of control. I don't understand all the details -- I don't have all the info yet -- but a rocket fits what we're seeing here. First, this was seen all over Norway, so it must have been at a high altitude to be so visible. Second, the blue spiral angling down to the right is clearly due to perspective. A rocket spiraling around, and coming up from the lower right, would appear to make tight spirals when it was far away and bigger ones as it got closer.

Third, you can actually see the bright white spiral spinning in the videos. That threw me for a second, to be honest, but after a moment I figured that it makes sense if the rocket is headed more or less straight toward the camera. Whatever it is being lit up (exhaust, or a leaking payload?) would appear to expand in a spiral like water from a spinning sprinklerhead. The spiral itself is not spinning any more than water from the sprinkler is; that's an illusion of motion.

norway_spiral2Fourth, after a few moments, a black disk appears to expand in the center of the white spiral, as seen in this picture (it's a little fuzzy; you can see the person taking it must have used a long exposure because foreground lights are jittery, but you get the idea). That's exactly what I would expect if whatever is being ejected by the rocket ran out; the arms of the spiral would expand away from the center, leaving black emptiness in the middle.

So that's my hypothesis. A rocket got out of control, perhaps losing a stabilizer, and started to spiral. The two spirals, different in shape, size, and color, indicate something happened in the middle of all this (the rocket second stage fired while still spinning, or something else started leaking out), changing the rocket's direction. Then, when the fuel or whatever ran out, the white spiral began to disappear from the inside out as the material expanded in space.

So who launched it? The Russians are a likely guess, but -shocker -- they're denying it. I'd love to know and find out what the details are, but whoever shot it up and whatever the purpose, I'm pretty sure what we're seeing here is a rocket launch that didn't go exactly according to plan.

Note: there are a lot of stories online about this with more very cool pictures: The Sun and The Daily Mail have it in English, while Norwegian media include VG Nett, Altaposten.no, NRK.no, Framtidinord.no, Nordlis.no, and amazing videos can be seen here and here.

UPDATE: From Doctor Atlantis I heard of this video which simulates particles being spewed out from a spinning rocket booster. Look familiar?

Photos: Jan Petter Jørgensen and Morten Kristiansen. Tip o' the payload bay to the many folks who alerted me to this story!

December 9th, 2009 10:47 AM Tags: Norway, rocket
by Phil Plait in Antiscience, Cool stuff, Pretty pictures, Skepticism | 58 comments | RSS feed | Trackback >
58 Responses to "Awesomely bizarre light show freaks out Norway"

      1. 1. Kevin Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 10:53 am

            That reminds me of something we saw waaay back in the late 1980's during a public night at our observatory. All of a sudden there was a gasp from the crowd, and we looked out the dome to see this bright glowing ball traveling south to north (mostly). When we moved the telescope over to it, we could see in the eyepiece a small object from which the stuff was jetting out from. Later we found out it was a booster stage venting unused propellant.

            It was sure something we hadn't seen before.

            But these images are better. :)
      2. 2. Alan in Upstate NY Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 10:54 am

            A spinning rocket dumping fuel certainly seems like the most likely explanation.

            Clear skies, Alan
      3. 3. Thomas Siefert Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 10:56 am

            My first guess was a Laser, but since it's been reported seen over such a vast area, it's probably what BA describes.
      4. 4. loon Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 10:57 am

            actually i would think it's a very bright projector
      5. 5. Todd W. Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:01 am

            Bets on how long before alien UFO claims pop up in the comments here? Michael Horn? You there?
      6. 6. Daniel Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:05 am

            Sorry...It just doesnt look real. Hoax.
      7. 7. BP Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:10 am

            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.
      8. 8. ND Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:12 am

            A laser light show was my first impression as well. But I don't think that would be able to explain the blue spiral.
      9. 9. jaydeejapan Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:17 am

            It's a streetlight! (Any Farkers here?) My first impression was "WTF?" That is definitely something interesting to see. But I guess it was a rocket.
    10. 10. BF Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:18 am

            Yea, Daniel? Can you seez teh pixals?
    11. 11. John Baxter Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:18 am

            In the unlikely event that the Bulava becomes man-rated, I'm not going.
    12. 12. Joe Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:21 am

            Noctilucent rocket exhaust, probably an upper stage spiralling after 1st stage worked well.
    13. 13. Trond Helge Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:23 am

            It is possible that it is some kind of experiment that involves launching rockets from Kiruna that releases 20 liters of water into the atmosphere, but then, I'm not an astronomer.
            More speculations here: http://www.finnmarken.no/lokale_nyheter/article4750214.ece [finnmarken.no] (in Norwegian, run through google translate for a decent translation)
    14. 14. BmoreKarl Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:30 am

            Sssooooooo! PRETTY!!
    15. 15. Billy Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:31 am

            Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia all denny having launched a rocket at that time. Also, for it to be a rocket the spiral is too symmetric. To me this looks like a vortex of a very strong energy force. Perhaps a temporary black hole because of some thing happening to the earth's magnetic field? I'm 99.9% sure this was not man made; at least not with anything that I know of.
    16. 16. Billy Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:33 am

            To the above: NO WAY is that a rocket.
    17. 17. danezia Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:34 am

            Personally... I think it is a hoax, a light /laser show...
    18. 18. jest Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:39 am

            My first thought was laser light show too, but... I dunno about that. I'd like to jump on the rocket bandwagon, but without prior pictures to back up the claim, I'm too skeptical to derive my own conclusion at this time. If more sources (sources including a message from those responsible) can come forward stating that it's in fact from a rocket, then, there ya go. Case closed.
    19. 19. Pieter Kok Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:40 am

            Insert TARDIS joke here...
    20. 20. Spectral Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:41 am

            It could have been a Norwegian rocket. A Norwegian research rocket failure in 1995 nearly caused WWIII:
            http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/missileers/falsealarms.html [pbs.org]
    21. 21. Big Al Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:42 am

            Maybe it worked exactly as designed, spreading its deadly cargo of whatever over the largest possible area....
    22. 22. BP Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:47 am

            It is not a hoax, such things happen regularly especially at, for example, Vandenberg AFB, California, where missile tests and launches frequently happen at dawn or dusk (see example http://farm1.static.flickr.com/25/45856097_83178413eb.jpg?v=0 [flickr.com] ). The particles of rocket exhaust spread out and form unusual colors (ice crystals refracting sunlight). It is clear from the video this rocket lost guidance and began to spiral out of control like this...

            http://www.michaelmeacher.info/trident%20in%20a%20spiral.jpg [michaelmeacher.info] ...but at a very high altitude. The exhaust then spread and quickly dissipated in the following minutes.
    23. 23. Akkargutt Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:47 am

            I belive the Russians now have confirmed that they had a failed rocket test-launch from either a submarine or a ship.
    24. 24. JerWah Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:48 am

            Obviously now that the LHC is up and running that was a test black hole.
    25. 25. Dr. Science Says:
            December 9th, 2009 at 11:53 am

            that was a test of a russian 'Buluva' ICBM:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSM-56_Bulava [wikipedia.org]

            the NAVTEX message warning you not to fly in that area was sent out on Dec-09:

            ZCZC FA79
            031230 UTC DEC 09
            COASTAL WARNING ARKHANGELSK 94
            SOUTHERN PART WHITE SEA
            1.ROCKET LAUNCHING 2300 07 DEC TO 0600 08 DEC
            09 DC 0200 TO 0900 10 DEC 0100 TO 0900
            NAVIGATION PROHIBITED IN AREA
            65-12.6N 036-37.0E 65-37.2N 036-26.0E
            66-12.3N 037-19.0E 66-04.0N 037-47.0E
            66-03.0N 038-38.0E 66-06.5N 038-55.0E
            65-11.0N 037-28.0E 65-12.1N 036-49.5E
            THEN COASTAL LINE 65-12.2N 036-47.6E
            2. CANCEL THIS MESSAGE 101000 DEC=
            NNNN

            link to NAVTEX message,

            http://www.frisnit.com/cgi-bin/navtex/view.cgi?id=1159919&lan=en&type=24H&message_filter=&search=ROCKET&station_filter=&date=2009-12-09&source=a4f7a470329caf85e2488355c7e88328&offset=0 [frisnit.com]

Yes... i AM a moron. (2, Informative)

dtolman (688781) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380516)

Re:Cool... but mundane - It was a Rocket! (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380822)

perhaps losing a stabilizer, and started to spiral.

Ouch! That sounds painful. -Tablizer

WoW's new raid instance... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380494)

Finally, we've found the entrance...

Re:WoW's new raid instance... (1)

SlipperHat (1185737) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380800)

The fact that the entrance is in Norway would explain the latency.

This is what the other end (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380506)

of a laser pointer looks like every time you shine it on a star. Damn alien kids.

Aliens....? (1)

ikefox (1566973) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380510)

These images are bizarre. In some of them, the light seems to be coming over the mountains in the background, almost as if it were being projected from on the ground. But this doesn't make sense, as a projected image would not ordinarily coalesce in one place in the sky, as it appears to have done. The Archimedean spiral formation that appeared seems too perfect to be the result of a weather formation. This does not look like any aurora that meteorologists have documented, so far as I'm aware. However, nature always has surprises for us uncomprehending humans. The stipulation that it was a rocket that had gone out of control also seems unlikely. Again, the image seems too perfect. I'm honestly stumped, but too skeptical to want to believe that this is alien contact.

Oh, come on... (1)

wjsteele (255130) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380512)

The light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus. Everybody knows that!

Bill

Re:Oh, come on... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380596)

Worst men in black reference ever.

Re:Oh, come on... (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380612)

Kay, how many times have you flashy-thinged me??

Re:Oh, come on... (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380948)

You're gonna give somebody brain cancer with that thing!

Re:Oh, come on... (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380662)

That weak ass story is the best you can come up with?

So weird. (2)

bmearns (1691628) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380518)

Definitely the weirdest damn thing I've ever seen. Maybe I just haven't spent enough time around rockets...could that really be cause by one? The spiral looks too perfect for an out of control rocket.

Re:So weird. (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380714)

Out of control doesn't not imply erratic, it simply means it cannot be controlled. A car going 90 mph in cruise control with a locked steering wheel and no breaks is 'out of control' in a 90 mph line assuming a flat course.

If the rocket was in a steady roll it could easily make a nigh perfect spiral if other conditions warrant. (Leaking/venting fuel is the current odds favorite?)

Re:So weird. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380888)

A car going 90 mph in cruise control with a locked steering wheel and no breaks is 'out of control'

Isn't the point of cruise control to give people a break frome the accelerator? You can still use the brake to shut off cruise control.

It's comcast testing there rocket to take out D-12 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380522)

It's comcast testing there rocket to take out D-12.

As when that goes live they are in big trouble and the FCC will not let pull a VS.

I, for one, welcome our alien overlords (0, Offtopic)

meowhous (1592411) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380532)

This ought to excite all those who expected Obama to make an announcement around Thanksgiving that ETs are real...

Spinning beach ball of death (4, Funny)

Vicegrip (82853) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380550)

Damnit, apparently the earth is running OSX and somebody has tried to "undo" the last ten years; this has resulted in the spinning beach ball of death.

Re:Spinning beach ball of death (3, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380904)

earth is running OSX and somebody has tried to "undo" the last ten years...spinning beach ball of death

The LHC is uninstalling the future.
     

My bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380568)

Do show some lenience, I didn't know how powerful I am, I will use caution from now on releasing my vastly destructive mental capacity.

Protons are launched out of Baikonur (1)

Protonk (599901) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380582)

Protonks (AFAIK) are launched out of Baikonur Cosmodrome [wikipedia.org] , thousands of miles southwest of Norway. I'm unsure how a launch in Kazakhstan would cause a light show in Norway, especially since the insertion into orbit proceeds east of the launch site.

Re:Protons are launched out of Baikonur (1)

exel0n (1696890) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380784)

To correct you, Baikonur is South-east of Norway... the phenomenon was seen at a 120 degree perendendicular view from Finnmark (North Norway) ... check google maps. The rocket crashed in Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan [space-travel.com] .

Re:Protons are launched out of Baikonur (1)

chebucto (992517) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380932)

Troll?

The rocket crash you linked to to happened in 2007, kind of like the rocket mentioned in the summary, which launched in 2005.

Also, Baikonur is very, very far from Norway. Correction: very, very, very far. Like 4,000 km far. Central Asia to Northern Europe far.

The Plesetsk cosmodrome is the one that borders the Nordic states, and is far more likely to be the source of the rocket, if it wasn't a sub testing the new Russkie SLBMs or someting.

Zoomba (2, Funny)

Speare (84249) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380606)

It's just an experiment that the iRobot corp was conducting, where they cross a Roomba with one of their military devices. Apparently this is related to Bill Gates' theories that hurricanes can be controlled with the proper application of technology. Dean Kamen was not not available for comment on speculation that it was related to a Death Star marketing tie-in for his Luke "Skywalker" prosthetic hand project.

I think it was NASA. (1)

dhudson0001 (726951) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380618)

Obviously this is a result of what happened AFTER the helicopter hit the airbag.

LHC (0, Redundant)

Zebra_X (13249) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380622)

I blame the LHC...

Re:LHC (1)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380960)

I did too, in the earlier thread. I was hoping that it was an escaping magnetic monopole that caused auroral havoc.

But the destabilized rocket simulation has convinced me; it was a rocket.

At this point I'm wondering whether some US company can reproduce the effect, and sell rockets like that as fourth-of-july fireworks.

The ol "half trick" trick (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380630)

I suspect people are mixing in Photoshopped hoaxes with real photos and/or real eye-witness accounts. The first thing do for an investigation is to verify which photos are real and which are bogus.

HIlary Clinton Was Correct (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380638)

North Korea is attacking Hawaii via Norway !

Yours In Yasnogorsk,
Kilgore Trout

Re:HIlary Clinton Was Correct (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380874)

North Korea is attacking Hawaii via Norway !

And Kim Jong's glasses fell off on the way. (He didn't watch enough Scooby Doo to learn that lesson.)

Pierce the Heavens With Your Drill! - (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380642)

Don't believe in yourself, believe in me who believes in you!

Not caused from the Large Hadron Collider? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380646)

I assumed it was the start of the destruction of earth caused by the Large Hadron Collider creating a black hole which I assumed was brought to full power earlier than expected.

Spiral warning (1)

hammarlund (568027) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380650)

Since it's sabotage of the CERN collider has not been especially effective in preventing the restart of the collider, I believe that these spirals are a warning from a future Higgs boson. I urge CERN to immediately halt all testing until we receive more information from H b.

light show (1)

jn0149 (1374403) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380652)

or maybe its a light show with artistic and strong projectors

It's a buggy rocket missile from a Submarine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380656)

On New Years Eve we all see what happens to the New Year fireworks when the rockets loose their steering pin. And a missilie from a Sub will do the same with broken steering fins.

Yes I have an account here, but I prefer to be the Anon Coward today.

Norway's First Open Air Laser Light Show (1)

biskit (55311) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380658)

I saw some pictures and some shaky video - it kinda reminds me of a laser light show. The blue haze cone of light points back to the source - but what do I know - I live in the cold in Idaho...

Re:Norway's First Open Air Laser Light Show (1)

Matheus (586080) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380812)

It can't be a laser light show... Pink Floyd was nowhere near Norway when this went down!

Texter Hypothesis (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380690)

Theory #3: A sky-writer pilot was making an "@" for an email address, but passed out.
   

Please "dumb it down" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380706)

I know now that "parsimonious" is actually a word. I've learned enough for today... I'll move on to the next article now.

The Obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380708)

I can't believe no one has said the obvious ... it's very clear that someone has finally turned the Bat Signal into a functioning worm hole.

Reflected Sunlight (1)

capn_planet (1302143) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380716)

...The spiral, he claimed, was the result of light reflecting on the leaking fuel. He was quoted as saying the light was sunlight, despite the strange lights showing up at night.

I don't see why this is so far-fetched - it would make sense that a missile at high altitude just before sunrise would shine, since "sunrise" has already occurred at high elevation where earth's shadow no longer obscures the sun. (The event happened around 8:00am) Compare it to a view of a shuttle launch just after sunset: [nasa.gov]

It wasn't _that_ proton-m (1)

chebucto (992517) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380726)

The dateline for the proton-m article is 2005 (which mentions satellite AMC-23), giving a launch date of Dec. 6, 2005. It even successfully launched! [encyclopedia.com] . I'm pretty sure that particular rocket wasn't responsible for the light show.

Don't Worry (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380734)

if you missed it, I'll sell you a pair of these [istockphoto.com] .

Let's see (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380738)

Unidentified? Check
Flying? Check
Object? Check

It's a UFO alright. Of course after it's identified, it will no longer be a UFO.

Clearly a rocket launch (1)

starglider29a (719559) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380742)

http://gfx.nrk.no/YOYD2X1CgNBSeaPse9LjVwT6ymkkphv7Q7x0aibAWJwg.jpg [gfx.nrk.no]

If you've ever seen a rocket launch around sunrise or sunset, this is pretty obviously one of them. It should be a piece of cake to figure out the azimuth of this picture and deduce from where it was launched.

Case closed. Next...

Even if it's just a rocket (1)

Target Practice (79470) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380750)

I have to say 'thanks for the light show'. That's the most unusual thing I've seen in the sky!

Putin shows some muscles (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380760)

Obama is soon in Oslo for the Nobel Peace Price Ceremony. Did you think Russia could just sit and watch?

Russia is well-known for creating such distress to their non-allies.

Frightened? Mission completed. End of story.

LHC...... (1)

Wazz (1387485) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380774)

This is obviously the result of the Large Hadron Corridor.....Enter the Twilight Zone Peeps!!!

Close Encounter of The Third Kind! (1)

kai_hiwatari (1642285) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380780)

Close Encounter of The Third Kind! They are here!!

Hey Norway (2, Funny)

r00tw00t (999387) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380786)

Ubisoft called it wants its logo back!

Re:Hey Norway (1)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380836)

Give that man an Internets!

... just a laser light-show, friends! ... (1)

ninjagin (631183) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380790)

It was some kids at the local polytechnic having some fun with a laser light-show projector. I saw the video.

Endgame Cinema (1)

W. Justice Black (11445) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380816)

The explanation is simple. The plucky young upstart warrior (and perhaps the rest of his party) just defeated the final boss using his strongest-ever attack. One involving, say, exploding materia*.

What everyone saw was just the endgame cutscene for that (at a safe distance, of course).

* Materia is a Final Fantasy VII term. Substitute your favorite mystical RPG energy thingy here if you like.

It's the SGC blowing up a space ship (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380840)

It's the SGC blowing up a space ship

Check the garden for triffids ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30380864)

Enough said.

Uh oh... (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380944)

someone better call Gordon Freeman!!!

God installed the 60's wallpaper/screensaver (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380952)

...I told you he was a liberal.

A copper chloride based propellant? (1)

pkarlos_76 (751116) | more than 4 years ago | (#30380974)

Im curious to know whether they are experimenting with a new copper chloride based propellant that gives off a blue flame, or another chemical that gives off a blue flame?
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