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(Daily Mail)   Remember all the talk about the CERN Collider creating black holes? You don't? Well last night, Norwegians sure as hell did   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2009-12-09 09:03:17 AM  
huh?
 
2009-12-09 09:07:42 AM  
photoshop anyone?
 
2009-12-09 09:10:10 AM  
My best single-drop flatulence EVAR!
 
2009-12-09 09:15:51 AM  
The Daily Mail confuses and frightens me.
 
2009-12-09 09:16:15 AM  
YAY! Someone besides me submitting this link!

http://www.itromso.no/bilder/article316420.ece (new window)
Photos from various people, lots of poor cellphone photos.

http://www.vgtv.no/?id=27558&category=1 (new window)
Video of spiraling streetlight.

http://www.vgtv.no/?id=27553&category=1 (new window)
Video of spiraling streetlight apparently 'sploding.
 
2009-12-09 09:22:46 AM  

Cornwell: YAY! Someone besides me submitting this link!

So if it's not a rocket, what is it?

 
2009-12-09 09:27:29 AM  
The ones in the original look like they could be shopped until you see Cornwell's 34 images of various quality showing the same thing.

Woah. Send this to the geek tab and see if they can save us.
 
2009-12-09 09:28:01 AM  
Further contributions:

Norwegian astronomers and meteorologists baffled and not aware of any astronomic or meteorologic phenomenon that might cause this shiate.

Nearby rocket facilities:
Andøya has no launches planned.
Kiruna has no laucnhes planned.

Russian Northern Fleet Commands denies any ICBM test launches.
Vladimir Isupov, press attaché at the Russian has nothing to report, and isn't aware of any ongoing activity that might have caused this.
 
2009-12-09 09:30:13 AM  
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.

If this had happened in Mississippi the National Guard would have started firing on it already.
 
2009-12-09 09:31:23 AM  

gambitsgirl: The ones in the original look like they could be shopped until you see Cornwell's 34 images of various quality showing the same thing.

Woah. Send this to the geek tab and see if they can save us.


Part of it looks as if it's condensation (the swirly part)
 
2009-12-09 09:34:23 AM  

FredaDeStilleto: gambitsgirl: The ones in the original look like they could be shopped until you see Cornwell's 34 images of various quality showing the same thing.

Woah. Send this to the geek tab and see if they can save us.

Part of it looks as if it's condensation (the swirly part)


It all looks swirly to me :-(. White swirly and blue swirly.

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2009-12-09 09:35:03 AM  

FredaDeStilleto: So if it's not a rocket, what is it?


Popular theories:
Unnanounced Russian rocket launch
An early sign of the apocalypse
An extraterrestial DUI
CERN collider spontaneously blowing a hole in the space/time continuum.

I have to admit that the Russians tend to be rather good at informing nearby countries and not-so-nearby countries equipped with nuclear weapons when the plan to launch any heavy hardware.

My favourite at the moment is the idea of a small green-grey alien creature franticly gripping the armrests of his seat, going "WWWheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee​eeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeee!"
 
2009-12-09 09:36:21 AM  

gambitsgirl: It all looks swirly to me :-(. White swirly and blue swirly.


Blue swirl = Flight path trail
White swirl = Misfiring rocket booster?
 
2009-12-09 09:38:03 AM  
'It was like a giant spiral - a shooting star that spun around and around. I initially thought it was a projector', added Axel Rose Berg, from Alta.

Welcome to the Jewish jungle.
 
2009-12-09 09:43:02 AM  

Cornwell: gambitsgirl: It all looks swirly to me :-(. White swirly and blue swirly.

Blue swirl = Flight path trail
White swirl = Misfiring rocket booster?


For two minutes? Is a flight path trail able to stay that solid for that long?

Please forgive me

www.t-chest.co.uk
 
2009-12-09 09:45:56 AM  
Hmmmm... Also, Navtex message:

"ZCZC FA79
031230 UTC DEC 09
COASTAL WARNING ARKHANGELSK 94
SOUTHERN PART WHITE SEA
1.ROCKET LAUNCHING 2300 07 DEC TO 0600 08 DEC
09 DC 0200 TO 0900 10 DEC 0100 TO 0900
NAVIGATION PROHIBITED IN AREA
65-12.6N 036-37.0E 65-37.2N 036-26.0E
66-12.3N 037-19.0E 66-04.0N 037-47.0E
66-03.0N 038-38.0E 66-06.5N 038-55.0E
65-11.0N 037-28.0E 65-12.1N 036-49.5E
THEN COASTAL LINE 65-12.2N 036-47.6E
2. CANCEL THIS MESSAGE 101000 DEC=
NNNN"

Navtex (new window)

Still a little odd that Russian North Fleet Command faltly denies it, if it was in fact a planned sea-launch of a rocket of some sort.

I would assume that there are a few active early warning systems that wouldn't be too amused to detect a heavy payload launch from somewhere in Russian territories, so I would guess that there should have been a memo of some sort...
 
2009-12-09 09:46:03 AM  

gambitsgirl: For two minutes?


others said is was up for 10-12 mins...
 
2009-12-09 09:47:40 AM  

gambitsgirl: For two minutes? Is a flight path trail able to stay that solid for that long?

Please forgive me


Quite possibly. This is in the arctic, at an unknown altitude during clear, still weather. Perfect weather for seeing Aurora Borealis in the evenings, although Aurora Borealis usually doesn't quite tend to spin around and explode.
 
2009-12-09 09:48:30 AM  
img704.imageshack.us
 
2009-12-09 09:49:08 AM  
Hm. This is kind of crazy and disturbing. Someone please science this out immediately.
 
2009-12-09 09:50:16 AM  
Stupid ravers.
 
2009-12-09 09:51:14 AM  
chud.com

/hot
 
2009-12-09 09:52:12 AM  
Two artciles mashed throught translate.google.com

Not known what the mysterious giant spiral is (new window)

The Russian Northern Fleet is not aware of the launch of the rocket (new window)

Generally, the object was visible for a few minutes, before exploding. The contrail was visible for quite a while.
 
2009-12-09 09:53:07 AM  
g.api.no

/Oh come on, like you could've resisted!
 
2009-12-09 09:55:27 AM  

TwistedIvory: Hm. This is kind of crazy and disturbing. Someone please science this out immediately.


Yeah... jesus christ... wtf is it?
 
2009-12-09 09:59:29 AM  

Tastes Like Chicken: wtf is it?


Don't put your lips on it.
 
2009-12-09 10:04:20 AM  
Where's Phil? This sounds like a case for Bad Astronomy
 
2009-12-09 10:05:39 AM  
You can see a yellow squiggle on the horizon in some of the pictures. That's a rocket launch. I'm guessing the spiral effect is a rocket gone haywire. Here's a similar picture (new window) of a rocket launch from Vandenberg AFB without the spiral.
 
2009-12-09 10:10:45 AM  

El Chode: Where's Phil? This sounds like a case for Bad Astronomy


He'll just poke it with a stick.
 
2009-12-09 10:13:10 AM  
HOLY HELL WHAT IS THAT??!
 
2009-12-09 10:13:40 AM  

MorrisBird: El Chode: Where's Phil? This sounds like a case for Bad Astronomy

He'll just poke it with a stick.


Please, it's his "Magellanic Staff"
 
2009-12-09 10:15:43 AM  

Cornwell: My favourite at the moment is the idea of a small green-grey alien creature franticly gripping the armrests of his seat, going "WWWheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee​e eeeeeeeeeeeeee!"


Awesome!
 
2009-12-09 10:19:18 AM  
This is really weird. I've got no idea what this could be.
 
2009-12-09 10:21:56 AM  
Well that would have been terrifying in person, I'd imagine.
 
2009-12-09 10:24:49 AM  
It's the Spiral King Genome come to destroy humanity.

Those are some really cool pictures. I thought the article had just shopped pics (they really do look shopped). But that is really amazing.
 
2009-12-09 10:27:42 AM  
What the hell.
 
2009-12-09 10:31:20 AM  
If Keanu Reeves or Michael Rennie comes out of it, don't farking shoot him.
 
2009-12-09 10:32:17 AM  
After quiet measured reflection, I've decided to blame this on the secret Muslim tendencies of the Obama Administration.
 
2009-12-09 10:34:05 AM  

Somacandra: After quiet measured reflection, I've decided to blame this on the secret Muslim tendencies of the Obama Administration.


Is this what happens when you pre-empty Charlie Brown?
 
2009-12-09 10:34:58 AM  
It's a streetlight.

/am I really the first to say that?
 
2009-12-09 10:37:32 AM  
Someone fired a railgun...

i47.tinypic.com
 
2009-12-09 10:43:32 AM  
Where was the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering KABOOM!

/So very angry!
 
2009-12-09 10:44:46 AM  
CravenMorehead: am I really the first to say that?

Uhm... No.
2009-12-09 09:16:15 AM
 
2009-12-09 10:45:02 AM  
img10.imageshack.us
 
2009-12-09 10:49:37 AM  
www.ed-wood.net

"He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!"

/you know its hot
 
2009-12-09 10:50:23 AM  
Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo WTF?
 
2009-12-09 10:50:26 AM  
Looks like the vortex thing from Sliders.
 
2009-12-09 10:51:43 AM  

Bladel: /hot


LOL
 
2009-12-09 10:59:15 AM  
hmm. weird. I wonder if someone was playing with a new laser light setup? you could try to track where that blue light was pointing from (or too), and then seeing what sort of facilities are located there.
 
2009-12-09 10:59:48 AM  
Criminy. Didn't you youngsters ever see that episode of the Brady Bunch, where the boys fooled the girls into thinking that they were seeing a UFO? Was this one accompanied by a whistling sound?

It was Greg, no doubt about it.
 
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