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Old December 9 2009, 10:05 PM   #1
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Mystery spiral above Norway most likely failed rocket launch

These are some amazing pictures and I have to say that I would have been completely baffled if I saw it.

As much as I would like to think that someone is testing a wormhole generator, Phil Plait at the Bad Astronomy blog thinks that the spiral was most likely caused by a failed rocket launch. Russia denies launching any rocket.

Watching that second video at the first link, I half expected the Narada from Trek XI to come flying out of the spiral.
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Old December 9 2009, 10:08 PM   #2
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Re: Mystery spiral above Norway most likely failed rocket launch

That's amazing. :-o
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Old December 10 2009, 12:49 AM   #3
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Re: Mystery spiral above Norway most likely failed rocket launch

That doesn't look like a failed rocket launch.
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Old December 10 2009, 12:53 AM   #4
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Have you seen many failed rocket launches?
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Old December 10 2009, 12:57 AM   #5
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Re: Mystery spiral above Norway most likely failed rocket launch

Rocket or whatever, that would have freaked the crap out of me if I had seen that live. That looks like something right out of a sci-fi movie.
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Old December 10 2009, 12:58 AM   #6
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Shazam! wrote: View Post
Have you seen many failed rocket launches?
I have seen a few...they never looked like that. Ofcourse I am not an expert so ignore me.
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Old December 10 2009, 01:28 AM   #7
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Re: Mystery spiral above Norway most likely failed rocket launch

The second video wasn't very clear, but it almost looked like something was "building up" then shot off like an engine. Don't really know how to explain how I interpreted it then that. Maybe someone is testing a new form of propulsion and the light is a side effect? Although I suppose it would have been seen sooner then now with that kind of calling card.

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On the sites you link to I keep seeing people say it's a rocket. Now, while I'm not a rocket scientist, I've seen lots of footage, and launched a few home made rockets. I've never seen a spiral from a rocket that was as uniform as seen in those images.

Not only that, but once the rocket left the trail behind, the trail didn't continue to spin at a steady pace.

Anyway, just thought I'd mention that.
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Old December 10 2009, 01:47 AM   #8
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It's the lizard people getting ready for an attack.
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Old December 10 2009, 02:05 AM   #9
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Geckothan, great avatar.
He's waving to Mr. Morden, isn't he?
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Old December 10 2009, 02:06 AM   #10
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Re: Mystery spiral above Norway most likely failed rocket launch

Amazing stuff.

It's pretty much been confirmed as a failed Russian missile launch:
http://gizmodo.com/5422792/this-is-h...piral-happened

Perhaps knowing what really happened might give people who scream "aliens" when they see lights in the sky some perspective - there's plenty of interesting things going on in the skies of Earth, quite a number of which we can't explain, without invoking little green men.
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Old December 10 2009, 02:12 AM   #11
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Re: Mystery spiral above Norway most likely failed rocket launch

Haha, I just posted that same link to the same thread discussing the issue. Yup. Seems to have been a failed Bulava. The video behind the link explains it really well.
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Old December 10 2009, 02:48 AM   #12
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Re: Mystery spiral above Norway most likely failed rocket launch

Brandonv wrote: View Post
These are some amazing pictures and I have to say that I would have been completely baffled if I saw it.
Last time I saw something like that two guys used it to go back in time. Course that was back in the 60's.
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Old December 10 2009, 02:51 AM   #13
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We will be seeing a sphere shaped spaceship exiting the wormhole to assilmilated humans,followed by humans from the future to stop them

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Old December 10 2009, 03:04 AM   #14
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Mr Pointy Ears wrote: View Post
We will be seeing a sphere shaped spaceship exiting the wormhole to assilmilated humans,followed by humans from the future to stop them
You're too early, we haven't had world war 3 yet.
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Old December 10 2009, 03:09 AM   #15
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Um, I grew up next to a rocket launching site and never saw anything remotely like that. I've seen weird things, to be sure, but perfect, spinning spirals? No.

Maybe Zefram Cochrane lives after all?
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