This morning, around 7.45 (Timezone GMT +1), there was a strange light in the sky. It seems to have appeared all over Norway, as this article (http://www.abcnyheter.no/node/101011) tells about it being in northern Norway, but it was where I live too, and I live in the southeast. In the article linked, there are several really interesting pictures. Could this be the Federation popping in to say hi?
The article is in Norwegian, but I'll try to translate it:
Experts say it was a Russian rocket. The Russians deny these claims.
The spectacular phenomena in the skies of Northern Norway on Wednesday morning was probably a Russian missle, says senior scientist Pål Brekke at the Norwegian Space centre.
– The launch was announced in advance. At a website for radio amateurs, there is a message regarding a warning to stay away from Kvitsjøen this morning, claims Brekke.
He has studied the video footage of the phenomena, and concluded that the spiral shape and the speed signifies that something went wrong with the rocket.
– It is sort of like a fireworks rocket gone out of control. It usually moves in a spiral shape. It was a spectacular sight, but nothing we should worry about. The Russians practicing and training is nothing new, says Brekke.
Truls Lynne Hansen, scientist at the Aurora Borealis observatory in Tromsø also says that it was a rocket launched from Kvitsjøen.
– The rocket probably went out of control and exploded. The special spiral shaped pattern was caused by the sun shining on the leaking fuel, he says.
However, the Russian northern fleet deny that anything like this has happened.
- We have no information about such a thing happening, and have not seen anything like what you describe, says an anonymous speaker for the Russian fleet to VG (Newspaper).
Earlier today, Vladimir Isupov at the Russian embassy in Oslo declared that they do not have any information which might explain the phenomena.
The Norwegian Military also has no explanation as to the nature of the phenomena.
- Russia usually announces rocket launches. As far as I know, they have not done so this time, says Vegard Finberg, Lieutenant Colonel and representative for the military.
The glowing spiral was observed by people from Finnmark in the north to Trøndelag in the south just before 8 this morning. Several people also took pictures and filmed the phenomena.
The picture seen at the top of this article was taken in Alta at 7.45 this morning by Odd Magne Haugen.
He describes it as a glowing ball in the sky, which rotated and "shot out" glowing rings.
According to a local newspaper, the phenomena quickly grew in a spiral, with bright white rings out towards the edges, and blue rings near the centre. After a while, the spiral was considerably bigger than the moon.
It all lasted a little under a minute. When the spiral collapsed, it supposedly left behind a dark, circle shaped "hole" in the sky.
MAGNIFICENT AND MYSTERIOUS
The phenomena was also spectacular in Tromsø.
– The phenomena was big, covering half of the sky in short time. At first it was a spinning gleam of light which made a large spiral on the sky as it moved from the east towards the west. After a while, the light vanished, explains Anders Aasheim from Slettaelva in Tromsø.
– The spiralling rings remained in the sky, while a dark "cloud" spread from the inside. We were standing on the veranda and could not believe our eyes. It was magnificent, and a little mysterious.
EXPERIMENT IN KIRUNA?
Earlier today, it was speculated that it could have been a rocket launch from Sweden that caused the phenomena.
According to a local newspaper, the phenomena might have been a result of experiments in Kiruna where water is pumped into the air high up in the atmosphere.
Steinar Thorvaldsen in the Astronomer association of Tromsø wrote in an e-mail that a similar phenomena was visible in January of 2008, and had turned out to be a rocket.
In the experiments, the rockets release water into the atmosphere at an altitude of 95 kilometres. This part of the atmosphere is called the ionosphere, and contains lots of electrically charged particles.
The water would have created a cloud of ice crystals and steam. This cloud would attract free electrons, and would create an area completely void of electrically charged particles. This hole in the ionosphere can be measured by the EISCAT-radars in Tromsø, Kiruna and Sodankylä (in Finland). These three radars are used to study the ionosphere and aurora borealis.
Anna Rathsman at the Swedish Space Corporation in Kiruna, however, denied the rumours of it being a rocket from their centre.
- We have not launched any rockets since November 29th, she says.
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