Friday, December 11, 2009

Norway Spiral Light Mystery

While reading online tonight, I noticed a comment written at a blog on the subject of the Norway Spiral Light claimed that g00gle erased photos from its search engine of the recent sighting of the Norway Spiral in the sky. However, if you use Bing, you get several photos of it!

g00gle search: Norway Spiral Photos

Bing search: Norway Spiral Photos

I found an interesting page on the subject: Norway Spiral Light/ Norway Spiral Light Video.

What could it be? There is much speculation about this. Has anyone gotten any final confirmation about this?


It's also weird that g00gle chose to eliminate links to photos of it...isn't it? What's up with that?

P.S. Warning: Avoid clicking on any "now public" links within the search links above. I get a red check mark next to each link to that site with a "computer threats, site is unsafe" security warning about from my anti-virus software.


Found a page with more information:

New Strange Norway Spiral was an out-of-control missile


Update: The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Thursday that it launched a Bulava missile on Wednesday and that the missile's third stage failed

It looked like a time-travelling vortex fit for Doctor Who, but a strange spiral observed in the skies above Norway on Wednesday morning was actually a failed Russian missile launch, says a Harvard astrophysicist who monitors space launches.

The giant, glowing white spiral was reportedly visible all over northern Norway between about 0645 and 0700 GMT. "It consisted initially of a green beam of light similar in colour to the aurora with a mysterious rotating spiral at one end," eye witness Nick Banbury of Harstad said, according to "This spiral then got bigger and bigger until it turned into a huge halo in the sky with the green beam extending down to Earth."

Speculation that it was a bright meteor was quickly dismissed – in part because the apparition lasted for too long to be an incoming space rock. Suspicion then turned to an out-of-control missile.

That is exactly what it was, says Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and author of Jonathan's Space Report, a fortnightly email newsletter about space launches. "It's definitely a missile launch failure," he told New Scientist.

But some comments written by people under the article at the site aren't buying that explanation.

Hat tips to all links.

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