The phenomenon was visible for over two minutes, could be seen for hundreds of miles, and was witnessed by thousands of individuals. It has been dubbed “Star-Gate,” and theories of its origin range from a misfired Russian missile, a meteor fireball, northern lights, a black hole, and alien activity. The only thing that everyone agrees upon, including scientists and the military, is as of now its appearance is a mystery - and is like nothing ever seen before.
Chief Scientist Erik Tandberg, at the Norwegian Space Center, was amazed by the appearance of the spiral. He agreed with many other experts that the spiral pattern could have been caused by a missile from Russia – something the Russian military have strongly denied. Dr. Tandberg said:
"I agree with everyone in the science community that this light was the weirdest thing. I have never seen anything like this ever. It may have been anything from an exploding missile whose launch went wrong - to a comet or other celestial object that for some reason has been behaving strangely. If it was a missile - most likely from the launch base in Pletsevsk in Russia or one of the Russian submarines or even from the European Space Agency base in Kiruna - then we are talking about a rocket launch that has gone wrong. The spiral suggests the object came off course and balance and entered the spiral movement. Leaking rocket fuel could account for the blue light. But I know that the military have denied this explanation. So we could be looking at an entirely new natural phenomenon."
It is unlikely a variation of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, because of its coloring and unique spiral shape. Its appearance would also be difficult to explain as a result of a meteor. Nick Pope, former UFO analyst for the Ministry of Defense commented:
“My first thought was that this was a meteor, a fireball, or debris from an old satellite burning up in the earth’s atmosphere. But the spiral motion makes this unlikely. A meteor or a fireball would simply travel in a straight line, but for something to spiral in this way appears to go against the laws of physics.”
You’ve got to love it when something defying the laws of physics appears in the sky.