Norwegian UFO? Russian Missile? Stargate?
    By Kimberly Crandell | December 9th 2009 03:13 PM | 30 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    An image straight out of a CGI powered sci-fi movie lit up the skies over Norway earlier today at 8:45 a.m. local time. The phenomenon appeared as a spinning spiral of white light, entered around a bright star-like object. A bright blue tail streamed from the center of the object down towards earth.

    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.

    Spiral Phenomenon appears over Norway

    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.


    Gerhard Adam
    But I know that the military have denied this explanation. So we could be looking at an entirely new natural phenomenon.
    By all means.  Lord knows the military would never lie.
    Mundus vult decipi
    Kimberly Crandell
    Well yeah... that's kind of what I was thinking too...
    Gerhard Adam
    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.
    If this statement is being accurately reported, then it proves the lie.  There is no military in the world that would experience a "mystery" near one of its bases, that could potentially be a threat and simply shrug and say .... "Hmm .. a mystery"
    Mundus vult decipi
    Look at this photo. Maybe it will shed some light (ha) on the subject:

    Oops, the rest of the photos would provide context. Here's the link to the article and the rest of the photos:

    Kimberly Crandell
    It seems that the consensus is that it's a missile launch gone bad... even if Russia isn't officially owning up to it at this point.
    Does anyone find the timing of the event and the Large Hadron Collider a little too coincidental?

    Nope. Why would anyone think that?

    Gerhard Adam
    They're a bit far apart to account for much of a coincidence.
    Mundus vult decipi
    That is another failed "Bulava" test launch i can assure you :)

    The first thing I thought of when I saw this article was something I saw a little over 20 years ago. I lived in Lancaster, CA and there was an unannounced missile launch at Vandenberg AFB right after sunset. 100miles away we didn't hear anything but it lit up the sky in the west. So many people saw it the news stations reported on it. From that distance the only thing we saw was bizarre looking clouds in the upper atmosphere. It took a while for them to dissipate, though.

    Kimberly Crandell
    dacobb - I lived in Palmdale, CA around the same time, and know exactly what you're talking about.  Because this phenomenon happened at daybreak, I'm sure some of the same conditions existed as what we witnessed just after dusk then.  At ground level, it was still dark - but because this object was higher up in the sky it most likely was lit up by the sun that was already visible at that higher altitude.  I'm sure that's what lead to such a dramatically bright display in an otherwise dark sky. 

    Even if all of the "mystery" of the event is explained - this is still a pretty fantastic thing to see and witness.  I doubt anyone could have orchestrated it to appear in such a way if they had tried.  (who knows... now maybe people with try to replicate it.  It will become the new "crop circle.")
    Is It possible that it was just a hoax that was projected from the ground

    Ah, yes, a "hologram". Movie & TV sci-fi have taught the eager, wide-eyed public well.

    You guys have to check out this article, the two spiral lights in the sky kind of look similar

    Yes, they are similar. They're probably both the same thing: a spiraling rocket booster.

    looks like a Farscape wormhole

    The 1966 tv show Time Tunnel wasn't just a show, it now resides in Norway as a real time travel machine. I wonder who just travelled here. Elvis?

    Clearly human beings lack intelligence.. It is a searchlight, sort of inspired by the batman searchlight.. -.- only the bat is replaced by an animating spiral of some sort. Before it was switched on 2 persons fired a dozens of flareguns (without working flares) and aimed the search light at that location.

    That is exactly what i thought when i saw this photo, you can clearly see how intense the light is on top of the hills and the whole light appears to be coming from that precise point.
    However i do have some thoughts of my own:
    *  The picture here has clearly been taken with a professional camera, does anybody know who took it? i know there is lots of camera footage as well but this picture is so professional it looks like someone knew it was gonna happen (probably reading into this a bit much, i know).

    *  I have also found footage of a missile that went wrong and the twirling blue part looks remarkably similar, see for yourself:
    and this footage shows a similar spiral effect caught in china on July 2008:  

    To sum up id say it was a Bulava missile in 3rd stage that went wrong causing an amazing light show and taking on board the picture shown previously of the blue light, it is entirely plausible that the atmosphere that produces the northern lights could also make this rocket fuel look like a different colour.
    Kimberly Crandell
    I love this theory.  My only question is, which superhero was it signaling?  SpiralMan?  Super Spinner?  We could totally use a superhero about now...
    Two seperate things; 1 annoying russian rocket( fourteenth in a series of tests?) and a blue light coming from the ground in Norway.

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if it could be a vortex or portal from another dimension or perhaps a precursor of 2012. It is impossible for a failed missile launch to have caused this near perfect spiral formation

    swamp gas

    if the missile have some EM* properties then may be we can explain the light

    *: for example the R military are testing an EM Generative device at a Hight speed and high altitude

    or some ground bass fire a micro wave to the atmosphere to test

    Hagop B.

    Wes D. Sturdevant
    Let's see it's aliens or a russian missile go bad..... let's see i'll have to go with what seems a bit more probable that it's a missle gone bad whether the military wants to own up to it or not.  As far as a mystery here I think there's probably not a mystery at all esp if you just take it at a scientic view of what is probable and what is not, and it's not likely to be ufo crash or a 'star gate'.  lol  and as aborean lights do have some cool effects not in a spiral like a missile would do like this.  Just my opinion.
    Amateur Astronomer


    I looked at the Norwegian reports and original photos, and the object looks like a Glory Ring that can be found under the heading of Atmospheric Effects Phenomena. The well defined spiral was not visible in your link except for one person’s picture from Troms that was not confirmed by 5 other people’s pictures. Also the other pictures were more realistic of what one sees in night photos, than the perfect art that is found in English language derivative works.

    Your first single photo shows an easily recognizable wind altered vapor trail of a climbing aircraft or rocket, probably a rocket judging from the altitude it attained before going out of control.

    Glory rings are usually seen from above in aircraft during flight. I’ve only seen one Glory Ring from the ground in a lifetime of looking at the night sky. They require a rather unusual combination of clouds at different elevations and thicknesses and a light source of some type above them, most often the moon.

    In Norway I expect Glory Rings are fairly rare from natural causes because of the rather rainy and misty climate.

    Rare but not spooky. Probably a missile.

    My feeling....?

    Definitely NOT a missile launch - completely wrong in terms of timeframes

    Far more likely is an experimental laser beam, or some secret weapons/beam test, or, as has been known, some pranksters with a sophisticated high power party display device rigged to a fractal program generator

    Then again, maybe it's ET phoning home....wink


    Amateur Astronomer

    "some pranksters with a sophisticated"

    Prankster would be my guess, but not with a beam projector, just with a not so sophisticated photo editor for special effects, and only on one photo from one photographer.

    Five other photographers from the same town in Norway sent photos with the Glory Ring that didn't have the spiral art work in them.

    If you follow the links other people gave in their comments, there is a typical vapor trail of a jet aircraft or a rocket showing the usual wind blown effects in the trail, rising up from the horizon in twilight. The vapor trail ends in the Glory Ring on several photos from different photographers.

    Glory rings are most likely to be visible from the ground below in twilight viewing situations.

    The spiral shape is the only unnatural thing in the one photo, and I believe the spiral was added after the photo was taken. The suspected file is available for down loading if anyone wants to analyze the details of it and unwind the spiral.