Failed Russian Missile Test Caused Spiral Light Show Over Norway?
Yesterday it was reported that a strange spiral light show appeared unexpectedly for several minutes over Norway before dissipating into the night sky. Confusion reigned supreme. Everything from the Northern Lights to Birkeland currents, a meteorite, or a failed Russian missile test were speculated as causes. It seems the latter is the most likely explanation.
A mysterious light display appearing over Norway last night has left thousands of residents in the north of the country baffled.
Witnesses from Trøndelag to Finnmark compared the amazing sight to anything from a Russian rocket to a meteor or a shock wave - although no one appears to have mentioned UFOs yet.
New details have come to light that point to a more earthly origin to the light show: a failed Russian missile test.
The Bulava missile was test-fired from the Dmitry Donskoi submarine in the White Sea early on Wednesday but failed at the third stage, the Russian military confirmed today.
A Russian military source said today that 'the third stage of the rocket did not work'.
New video also emerged today showing a simulation of what would happen if such a missile were to fail - video that bore an uncanny resemblance to the light display seen in the Norwegian sky.
The confirmation of a test launch emerged despite earlier reports denying a missile launch yesterday.
Last night Russia initially denied it had been conducting missile tests in the area.
However this morning the military reversed its stance, admitting that a missile had indeed been launched from the White Sea. Test firings are usually made from the White Sea, close to the Norwegian Arctic region.
It also emerged today that Russia last week formally notified Norway of a window when a missile test might be carried out.
This included a seven hour period early on Wednesday at the time when the lights were seen.
The military did not confirm, however, that the failed test launch was behind the mysterious spiral lights that have baffled millions since they were spotted - though, as the new video today showed, it appears increasingly likely.
So, it seems increasingly likely that what was witnessed was of terrestrial origin. No smoking gun for alien death rays or inter-dimensional travel, auroral intelligent design or evil scientists' plots to take over the world by mass hypnosis...
But, who knows what surprises tomorrow will bring?
Move along, nothing to see...
Update: MSNBC has confirmed that it was another failed Russian test launch of a Bulava missile.
"It has been established ... that the missile's first two stages worked as normal, but there was a technical malfunction at the next, third, stage of the trajectory," Reuters quoted a Defense Ministry spokesman as saying.
Before the missile test was confirmed, many people suggested the bright light pattern might have been a UFO. Russia finally admitted to the accident, which is an embarrassing mishap for a rocket that had already failed six of 13 previous tests, according to the BBC.
See prior article:
Norway Spiral Photos, Video: What Caused the Lights Over Norway?
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