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2009-12-09 9:03:17 AM  
huh?
 
2009-12-09 9:07:42 AM  
photoshop anyone?
 
2009-12-09 9:10:10 AM  
My best single-drop flatulence EVAR!
 
2009-12-09 9:15:51 AM  
The Daily Mail confuses and frightens me.
 
2009-12-09 9:16:15 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 9:22:46 AM  

Cornwell: YAY! Someone besides me submitting this link!

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

 
2009-12-09 9:27:29 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 9:28:01 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 9:30:13 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 9:31:23 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 9:34:23 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.

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2009-12-09 9:35:03 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 9:36:21 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 9:38:03 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 9:43:02 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

[image from t-chest.co.uk too old to be available]
 
2009-12-09 9:45:56 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 9:46:03 AM  

gambitsgirl: For two minutes?


others said is was up for 10-12 mins...
 
2009-12-09 9:47:40 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 9:48:30 AM  
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2009-12-09 9:49:08 AM  
Hm. This is kind of crazy and disturbing. Someone please science this out immediately.
 
2009-12-09 9:50:16 AM  
Stupid ravers.
 
2009-12-09 9:51:14 AM  
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/hot
 
2009-12-09 9:52:12 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 9:53:07 AM  
[image from g.api.no too old to be available]

/Oh come on, like you could've resisted!
 
2009-12-09 9:55:27 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 9:59:29 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...

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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  
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2009-12-09 10:49:37 AM  
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"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.
 
2009-12-09 11:03:17 AM  
Fap fap fap
/I'll be in the bunker
 
2009-12-09 11:05:37 AM  
It's not a black hole... you can't see black holes.
 
2009-12-09 11:06:14 AM  
WTF!
 
2009-12-09 11:08:53 AM  
Blue hole?
 
2009-12-09 11:10:47 AM  
either someone was summoning yogg-sothtoth last night or it was someone testing a new light show technology. it really does look like something you'd see at a concert or something.
 
2009-12-09 11:12:31 AM  
Looks like a Boomtube from the Superman Cartoons.

Boomtube Link (new window)
 
2009-12-09 11:13:42 AM  

Weaver95: either someone was summoning yogg-sothtoth last night or it was someone testing a new light show technology. it really does look like something you'd see at a concert or something.


MIB ALERT!!!! Who is paying you, man???
 
2009-12-09 11:14:40 AM  
That scares me.
 
2009-12-09 11:17:14 AM  
Alright, lots of folks have seen rockets misfire but no one seems to have ever seen something that looks anything like this, outside of a movie theater. Let's hope it turns out to be something outstanding, and not just more swamp gas...
 
2009-12-09 11:28:23 AM  
It's not a rocket. The spiral is in a completely different plane than the blue streak and there's no way that something that traveled that far cross-range could stop its momentum on a dime and start spinning in a nearly stationary trajectory.

And the symmetry is so... perfect. Either someone is messing around with lasers or RF and we're seeing the resulting ionization, or this is some sort of solar phenomenon we've never seen before. Notice it seems to come from the direction of the sun?
 
2009-12-09 11:29:45 AM  

Charlie Freak: And the symmetry is so... perfect. Either someone is messing around with lasers or RF and we're seeing the resulting ionization, or this is some sort of solar phenomenon we've never seen before. Notice it seems to come from the direction of the sun?


i'm guessing it's some sort of new light show or something. But can lasers make spirals like that?
 
2009-12-09 11:29:57 AM  
Anyone say light show prank yet?
 
2009-12-09 11:30:07 AM  
In other news, black holes are blue swirls.

I think it's the Intergalactic Ty-D-Bol Man.

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2009-12-09 11:33:57 AM  
Looking at the pictures at Link (new window), the blue light curves....weird.
 
2009-12-09 11:35:10 AM  
Also,

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2009-12-09 11:35:47 AM  

Talon: 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.


The pic in TFA is taken with a tripod with a long exposure. Do check out the vids posted upthread though, rather strange shiat.

This even happened in the middle of the morning commute in the area, so I was confronted with a wall of "WTF!?" when I got to work and opened Facebook this morning.
 
2009-12-09 11:39:29 AM  
MY SWEETIE! HAS HE RETURNED?

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2009-12-09 11:40:37 AM  
Also, more long-exposure tripod pics, same photographer, via The Scum:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2764647/Spiral-UFO-puts-Nor​w​ay-in-a- sp in.html (new window)
 
2009-12-09 11:41:42 AM  
Russia built a working Star Wars system before we did?
 
2009-12-09 11:42:10 AM  

Cornwell: Also, more long-exposure tripod pics, same photographer, via The Scum:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2764647/Spiral-UFO-puts-Norw​ay-in-a- sp in.html (new window)


they took my stargate reference

POSERS
 
2009-12-09 11:42:25 AM  
Weaver95: you could try to track where that blue light was pointing from (or too), and then seeing what sort of facilities are located there.

Playing around in GoogleEarth and judging from the photos in Cornwell's link it appear to have come from somewhere to the ESE of Tromso, Norway. Coincidentally, Arkhangeslk, Russia is exaclty 650 miles ESE of there. I know i may sound shocking, but me thinks the Russians are lying.
 
2009-12-09 11:44:08 AM  
Flab: I know i may sound shocking

it.

/FTFM
 
2009-12-09 11:46:16 AM  
Could terrorists or some rebel have acquired the necesary equipment to try such a launch? A bunch of inexperienced random schmucks messing about with rockets could result in a misfire...
 
2009-12-09 12:04:09 PM  
A HA!

They ionized the atmosphere with THIS (new window) thing?

from linky..

EISCAT is an acronym for the European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association. It operates three incoherent scatter radar systems, at 224 MHz, 931 MHz in Northern Scandinavia and one at 500 MHz on Svalbard, used to study the interaction between the Sun and the Earth as revealed by disturbances in the ionosphere and magnetosphere. At the Ramfjordmoen facility (near Tromsø, Norway) it also operates an ionospheric heater facility, similar to HAARP. Additional receiver stations are located in Sodankylä, Finland, and Kiruna, Sweden. The EISCAT Headquarters are also located in Kiruna.

My best guess...
 
2009-12-09 12:04:37 PM  
Great. We're all going to die.
 
2009-12-09 12:06:46 PM  

Insurance_EE_guy: A HA!

They ionized the atmosphere with THIS (new window) thing?

from linky..

EISCAT is an acronym for the European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association. It operates three incoherent scatter radar systems, at 224 MHz, 931 MHz in Northern Scandinavia and one at 500 MHz on Svalbard, used to study the interaction between the Sun and the Earth as revealed by disturbances in the ionosphere and magnetosphere. At the Ramfjordmoen facility (near Tromsø, Norway) it also operates an ionospheric heater facility, similar to HAARP. Additional receiver stations are located in Sodankylä, Finland, and Kiruna, Sweden. The EISCAT Headquarters are also located in Kiruna.

My best guess...


Aliens are sending a response to the Doritos ad..
 
2009-12-09 12:14:16 PM  

Insurance_EE_guy: A HA!

They ionized the atmosphere with THIS (new window) thing?

from linky..

EISCAT is an acronym for the European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association. It operates three incoherent scatter radar systems, at 224 MHz, 931 MHz in Northern Scandinavia and one at 500 MHz on Svalbard, used to study the interaction between the Sun and the Earth as revealed by disturbances in the ionosphere and magnetosphere. At the Ramfjordmoen facility (near Tromsø, Norway) it also operates an ionospheric heater facility, similar to HAARP. Additional receiver stations are located in Sodankylä, Finland, and Kiruna, Sweden. The EISCAT Headquarters are also located in Kiruna.

My best guess...


The University of Tromsø takes part in that project and runs the receiving facility at Ramfjordmoen. The entire department of astrophysics were having a collective "WTF!?" moment this morning, so I kinda doubt that.
 
2009-12-09 12:15:19 PM  
 
2009-12-09 12:18:33 PM  
Flab: Coincidentally, Arkhangelsk, Russia is exaclty 650 miles ESE of there.

Further investigation reveals that the submarine station of Polyarny is also ESE of Tromso. This is now a The Hunt For Red October thread.
 
2009-12-09 12:18:39 PM  
Celebrity astronomer Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard told VG Nett he had never seen anything like the lights.

I am more in awe of the fact that the words "celebrity" and "astronomer" were used together in the same sentence.
 
2009-12-09 12:21:44 PM  
Did everyone see 6 months into the future?
 
2009-12-09 12:22:59 PM  
impaler: Great. We're all going to die.

Dont worry, 2012 isnt for another couple years
 
2009-12-09 12:23:10 PM  

Flab: Weaver95: you could try to track where that blue light was pointing from (or too), and then seeing what sort of facilities are located there.

Playing around in GoogleEarth and judging from the photos in Cornwell's link it appear to have come from somewhere to the ESE of Tromso, Norway. Coincidentally, Arkhangeslk, Russia is exaclty 650 miles ESE of there. I know i may sound shocking, but me thinks the Russians are lying.


Most likely theory, which also corresponds with the Navtex message mentioned upthread.

But that would require a faulty rocket to keep a straight course while rapidly spinning out of control (which in itself is a contradiction) before reaching an altitude allowing it to be visible from all locations mentioned simultaneously. Alta to Trøndelag, which is at least 750 kilometers, as "Trøndelag" is a regional term, and about as precise as saying "New England".

So that would give us what? A required altitude of...fark, someone get me a mathemancer to do the calculator-voodoo.
 
2009-12-09 12:24:30 PM  

El Chode: Guys, I figured it out (new window)


It all becomes clear.
 
2009-12-09 12:24:49 PM  
foggy night or low clouds, bright projector, and some animation, would be my guess
 
2009-12-09 12:25:08 PM  
The best way to understanding how a trick works is to try and do it yourself.
 
2009-12-09 12:25:23 PM  
The Blue Beam Project will pretend to be the universal fulfillment of the prophecies of old, as major an event as that which occurred 2,000 years ago. In principle, it will make use of the skies as a movie screen (on the sodium layer at about 60 miles) as space-based laser-generating satellites project simultaneous images to the four corners of the planet in every language and dialect according to the region. It deals with the religious aspect of the new world order and is deception and seduction on a massive scale.

WAKE UP, SHEEPLE! THIS IS HAPPENING NOW!
 
2009-12-09 12:25:32 PM  
Did a jet engine fall out of it and kill a time-traveling kid?
 
2009-12-09 12:26:24 PM  
It's a Combine super-portal.
 
2009-12-09 12:27:26 PM  
I, for one, welcome our new spiral overlords.
 
2009-12-09 12:27:53 PM  
It was light reflected off of Venus onto a weather balloon that was being illuminated by a pocket of swamp gas.
 
2009-12-09 12:28:04 PM  

Not Available: Celebrity astronomer Knut Jørgen Røed Ødegaard told VG Nett he had never seen anything like the lights.

I am more in awe of the fact that the words "celebrity" and "astronomer" were used together in the same sentence.


but no mention of møøse bytës...
 
2009-12-09 12:29:02 PM  

Bendal: It was light reflected off of Venus onto a weather balloon that was being illuminated by a pocket of swamp gas.


Sure it wasn't Uranus?

/never gets old.
 
2009-12-09 12:29:49 PM  

CravenMorehead: It's a streetlight.

/am I really the first to say that?


This
 
2009-12-09 12:29:57 PM  
although no one appears to have mentioned UFOs yet

Until now, you twits..
 
2009-12-09 12:30:19 PM  
OMG!! WTF IS MY CROWBAR?!? OMFG...

No wait... it's on daily mail.
 
2009-12-09 12:30:45 PM  

Ponzholio: Bendal: It was light reflected off of Venus onto a weather balloon that was being illuminated by a pocket of swamp gas.

Sure it wasn't Uranus?

/never gets old.


That's where the swamp gas came from. Did they mention that it smelled like chipotle?
 
2009-12-09 12:31:18 PM  
Crop circles, but in the sky.

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2009-12-09 12:31:34 PM  
Cool.

I'm ready for an end of the world / life altering global phenomenon.

I recently split up with my gf, and end of the world sex with wild and wacky groups of total strangers would be nice.
 
2009-12-09 12:31:44 PM  
All hail Lord Cthulhu.

I've been waiting for so long...
 
2009-12-09 12:32:09 PM  
You are now witnessing the effects of global warming. That folks is a picture of a hole in the ozone and your precious atmosphere leaking out into space. Farewell friends!
 
2009-12-09 12:32:10 PM  
whut?
http://tinyurl.com/yjrzpcs
(copy and paste)
 
2009-12-09 12:33:18 PM  
So Kanya West was in Norway?
 
2009-12-09 12:33:37 PM  
what you saw was some swamp gas exploding due to a weather ballon crashing.....
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2009-12-09 12:33:45 PM  
Alright, whoever's messing with the Space Time Continuum, please stop.
 
2009-12-09 12:33:57 PM  
May I Have Everyone's Attention Please!

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2009-12-09 12:34:14 PM  

guvnor: Once again, the Doctor saves us all with his Sonic Screwdriver.


Pfff. It looks more like transwarp corridor to me.
 
2009-12-09 12:34:15 PM  
You are now witnessing the effects of global warming. That folks is a picture of a hole in the ozone and your precious atmosphere leaking out into space. Farewell friends!


Good bye, everybody!!

[insert waving picture of Dr. Nick]
 
2009-12-09 12:34:28 PM  

Treetop1000: All hail Lord Cthulhu.

I've been waiting for so long...


Yay!!! Thumbs up.
 
2009-12-09 12:34:31 PM  
FTFA: '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.

It's a Rocket Queen!!
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2009-12-09 12:34:37 PM  
"Witnesses from Trøndelag to Finnmark"

Those cities are 1300k distant from each other. That is one hella light show.
 
2009-12-09 12:34:41 PM  
This one is easy, clearly it was a Higgs boson (from the future of course) coming through its "time portal" to eliminate the LHC. All the proof you need is in the comments of the article itself, they are all dated 9/12/2009... 3 MONTHS AGO!!!

/Wait, what do you mean other countries date stuff day/month/year?!!!
//Oh well never mind then, almost had a Fox News moment there
 
2009-12-09 12:35:03 PM  
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2009-12-09 12:35:19 PM  
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duh...spiral streetlight
 
2009-12-09 12:35:41 PM  

dennysgod: duh...spiral streetlight


win.
 
2009-12-09 12:35:42 PM  
I think its fairly obvious that this is global warming weather changes at their finest.
 
2009-12-09 12:36:01 PM  
CheetahOlivetti: 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.

Another spiraling rocket:

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2009-12-09 12:36:02 PM  
I am not sure what it is but it gives me the creeps for some reason. The first thing I thought of was Elijah and I am not a religious person at all.
 
2009-12-09 12:36:11 PM  
Hmm, Anatoliy Serdyukov, Russia's Defense Minister, just made an interview with a Norwegian news channel.

Here's the link to the video: "We have yet to determine the nature of this phenomenon (new window)".
 
2009-12-09 12:36:35 PM  
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12-08-2009 NEVER FORGET
 
2009-12-09 12:37:15 PM  
is there a house full of popcorn anywhere nearby?
 
2009-12-09 12:37:20 PM  
Just found my new desktop background.
Thanks end-of-world phenomenon.
 
2009-12-09 12:38:03 PM  

gambitsgirl: MY SWEETIE! HAS HE RETURNED?


Yeah, but I think all that spinning made him look like an aging lesbian.

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2009-12-09 12:38:09 PM  
Looks to me like a bunch of wieners with too much time on their hands got bored with making crop circles and got themselves a light show.
 
2009-12-09 12:38:21 PM  
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2009-12-09 12:38:43 PM  

make me some tea: HOLY HELL WHAT IS THAT??!


this, but I said it louder.
 
2009-12-09 12:39:03 PM  

Cornwell: Most likely theory, which also corresponds with the Navtex message mentioned upthread.

But that would require a faulty rocket to keep a straight course while rapidly spinning out of control (which in itself is a contradiction) before reaching an altitude allowing it to be visible from all locations mentioned simultaneously. Alta to Trøndelag, which is at least 750 kilometers, as "Trøndelag" is a regional term, and about as precise as saying "New England".

So that would give us what? A required altitude of...fark, someone get me a mathemancer to do the calculator-voodoo.


I looked at some of the linked photos and am thinking that perhaps there is a confluence of phenomena here. The blue trail looks like an aurora borealis... now those usually dance as far as I know but all I have is still photos. The white spiral which definitely appears to be on a different plane of motion could be completely separate and coincidental to the blue streak.

Either way: freaky.
 
2009-12-09 12:39:29 PM  

jmaster306: guvnor: Once again, the Doctor saves us all with his Sonic Screwdriver.

Pfff. It looks more like transwarp corridor to me.


I don't think that beams what you think it beams.
 
2009-12-09 12:39:57 PM  
I, for one, am terrified.
Someone get me my foil hat, please.
 
2009-12-09 12:39:59 PM  

El Chode: Guys, I figured it out (new window)


4:11 Subliminal message
 
2009-12-09 12:40:00 PM  

bob_ross: Stupid ravers.


Wannabe rockstars
 
2009-12-09 12:40:22 PM  
Methinks 'tis merely a viral spiral.
 
2009-12-09 12:40:32 PM  
Solar flare, earth's polarity may be on the verge of changing.
 
2009-12-09 12:40:34 PM  
Anyone know where we can get a LHC log from the day this happened?
 
2009-12-09 12:40:44 PM  
Whatever's inside there I want to deep-fry and eat.
 
2009-12-09 12:40:55 PM  
Well, we're all farked now.

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2009-12-09 12:41:23 PM  
I know it's not the New Jersey turnpike, but I'm telling you, John Malkovich is involved.
 
2009-12-09 12:41:25 PM  
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Swiiiiiirrly.
 
2009-12-09 12:41:29 PM  
Aw, shiat.

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2009-12-09 12:41:39 PM  
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2009-12-09 12:41:40 PM  
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So where's the orange one?
 
2009-12-09 12:41:42 PM  
marvinmoss.com
 
2009-12-09 12:41:46 PM  
Please notify me the moment that the aliens come through the portal and offer us wisdom, immortality and super-powers, because I am *ALL OVER THAT SH_T!!*


/ would still come to work one day a week to zap people
 
2009-12-09 12:41:53 PM  

Insurance_EE_guy: My best guess...


It wouldn't turn the air blue. EISCAT is pretty cool but it's nowhere near stout enough. Neither is HAARP.
 
2009-12-09 12:42:19 PM  

factoryconnection: Cornwell: Most likely theory, which also corresponds with the Navtex message mentioned upthread.

But that would require a faulty rocket to keep a straight course while rapidly spinning out of control (which in itself is a contradiction) before reaching an altitude allowing it to be visible from all locations mentioned simultaneously. Alta to Trøndelag, which is at least 750 kilometers, as "Trøndelag" is a regional term, and about as precise as saying "New England".

So that would give us what? A required altitude of...fark, someone get me a mathemancer to do the calculator-voodoo.

I looked at some of the linked photos and am thinking that perhaps there is a confluence of phenomena here. The blue trail looks like an aurora borealis... now those usually dance as far as I know but all I have is still photos. The white spiral which definitely appears to be on a different plane of motion could be completely separate and coincidental to the blue streak.

Either way: freaky.


I agree...we have a rocket test gone astray combined with the aurora borealis. AND possibly some super high altitude clouds thrown in the mix.

It would be cool as hell though if the Ruskis were testing a new laser defense system....
 
2009-12-09 12:42:33 PM  
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Perhaps they are spinning it too fast?
 
2009-12-09 12:42:38 PM  

2wolves: "Witnesses from Trøndelag to Finnmark"

Those cities are 1300k distant from each other. That is one hella light show.


"Trøndelag" is a region consisting of two counties. The border between the area defined as "Northern Norway" and "Trøndelag" is about 750 kilometers from Alta in Finnmark, which as a sightings and photos of the event. Basing "Trøndelag" on a place with a population where people might have all their teeth and more than half their wits, I'd use Namsos as a point of reference.

Still one hell of a span for a light show.
 
2009-12-09 12:42:38 PM  
Has anyone considered that this may have been a spin stabilized rocket? It's an extremely common stabilization technique for low-tech missiles.
 
2009-12-09 12:42:41 PM  
Look, I've seen a lot of giant spirals in the sky before, I don't think this one is anything to worry about.
 
2009-12-09 12:42:48 PM  

hitlersbrain: Looks to me like a bunch of wieners with too much time on their hands got bored with making crop circles and got themselves a light show.


That was visible over 800 miles?
 
2009-12-09 12:42:58 PM  
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2009-12-09 12:43:23 PM  

Bladel: /hot


When he was younger, Steve Martin was VERY hot.
 
2009-12-09 12:43:28 PM  
Are those two different phenomena? The (better) still photos show a blue sorta conical shaped beam like thing heading from (near the) ground to the spiral, which spiral seems fixed and very steady. The videos seem to show a bright thing with a tail spinning around and around, but do not show the blue beam and the spiral left by the spinning does not have as many rings visible as are in the photos.
 
2009-12-09 12:43:32 PM  
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2009-12-09 12:43:34 PM  

Bladel: /hot


Well played, sir. Well played.

--be seeing you.
 
2009-12-09 12:43:59 PM  

EdNortonsTwin: Solar flare, earth's polarity may be on the verge of changing.


So should we be preparing for Upside-down Day or Downside-up Day?

\Would rather wear hair on my feet than shoes on my head.
 
2009-12-09 12:44:19 PM  

Bladel: /hot


Don't put your lips on it!

/second time I've thought of that skit today
 
2009-12-09 12:44:24 PM  
img1.fark.net Strange lights in Norway turn out to be aliens who leave after determining no intelligent life would eat lutefisk.
 
2009-12-09 12:44:26 PM  
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2009-12-09 12:44:41 PM  
quick, i need a travel budget, the phone number to rostit and a couple of tickets to norway

then I can replicate it, and charge the norse people for investigating it.
 
2009-12-09 12:45:07 PM  

Cornwell: 2wolves: "Witnesses from Trøndelag to Finnmark"

Those cities are 1300k distant from each other. That is one hella light show.

"Trøndelag" is a region consisting of two counties. The border between the area defined as "Northern Norway" and "Trøndelag" is about 750 kilometers from Alta in Finnmark, which as a sightings and photos of the event. Basing "Trøndelag" on a place with a population where people might have all their teeth and more than half their wits, I'd use Namsos as a point of reference.

Still one hell of a span for a light show.


Thanks for the info.

"Save us from the fury light show of the Norsemen!"
 
2009-12-09 12:45:21 PM  
I am not sure where that first picture came from. The video looks like a missle/rocket spiraling out of control. That be my bet.
 
2009-12-09 12:45:25 PM  
That was me...sorry....had the Lutefisk. My fault.
 
2009-12-09 12:45:30 PM  

FredaDeStilleto: Cornwell: YAY! Someone besides me submitting this link!

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


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I've never seen one before - no one has - but I'm guessing it's a white hole.
 
2009-12-09 12:45:36 PM  
I think the universe is trying to devour us after seeing the first episode of 'Jersey Shore.'
 
2009-12-09 12:45:48 PM  

Pope Michael of Discordia: El Chode: Guys, I figured it out (new window)

4:11 Subliminal message


Did you catch it? I just saw a flash of green
 
2009-12-09 12:45:53 PM  
This shot shows what looks like jet trails. Terrestrial origin FTW

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2009-12-09 12:46:18 PM  
See? SEE?

Just like all the white folks pictured him, Jesus REALLY WAS a blond-haired, blue-eyed Norwegian fellow, not a swarthy middle-easterner, and he's come back home to the promised land. Which is apparently somewhere really cold.

/sorry Israel, thanks for playing
 
2009-12-09 12:46:41 PM  
medius

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But...

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"In Russia, Chrono-synclastic Infundibulum comes to you!"
 
2009-12-09 12:46:49 PM  

Insurance_EE_guy: Svalbard


What have Lord Asriel and Lyra been up too I wonder?
 
2009-12-09 12:47:00 PM  
Well we're all going to die. It would be bitter sweet if Europe was the first to be invaded by invaders jumping through the worm hole. Where's your God now Europe?
 
2009-12-09 12:47:25 PM  

basemetal: Anyone say light show prank yet?


I would have bet on it, but apparently this was visible from from an area at least a few miles across. So it had to be pretty high up in the atmosphere compared to any light show I've ever seen.

Out-of-control rocket spinning and spewing fuel that happened to be illuminated by the rising sun in a particularly weird way. Only possible explanation I've heard so far.

Very cool.

Better source (new window).

And another (new window).
 
2009-12-09 12:47:26 PM  

Canadian Canuck: It's not a black hole... you can't see black holes.


You can see the accretion discs around them though, and they are often as bright or even brighter than stars. Yeah, you would be able to see a non-microscopic black hole in the atmosphere. There would be crap swirling around it.

The collider isn't capable of producing anything like that though. Because a Black Hole's influence is determined by it's mass. The mass of a few atoms is not that much.
 
2009-12-09 12:47:30 PM  
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Was passing by and detected your warp signature...
 
2009-12-09 12:47:54 PM  
was this kid running around near there?
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/nerd
 
2009-12-09 12:48:04 PM  
Ok, so far we've had:

1.- Weird halo-like cloud over Russia
2.- Fireball comet raining down in South Africa (farking prawns)
3.- Spiral cloud in Norway

/Lemme get my tinfoil hat
 
2009-12-09 12:48:12 PM  
UberDave: Someone fired a railgun...

THIS

It swirled space-time when the projectile exceeded the speed of light. That would be so damn cool.
 
2009-12-09 12:48:21 PM  
And so it begins.
 
2009-12-09 12:48:23 PM  
Strange spiral: Residents in northern Norway were left stunned after the lightshow, which almost looked computer-generated, appeared in the skies above them

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1234430/Mystery-spir​al-blue-li ght-display-hovers-Norway.html#ixzz0ZDNI6qWf


ALMOST looked computer-generated. Almost?
/Came for the tin hat OMG the aliens are coming messages
//leaving satisfied
 
2009-12-09 12:48:24 PM  
/hotter than my older sisters tight, red haired snatch
 
2009-12-09 12:48:30 PM  
I think the Christians are still here.. So it can't be that...
 
2009-12-09 12:48:50 PM  
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That bastard was right...

/hot
 
2009-12-09 12:49:06 PM  
Boris S. Wort:I've never seen one before - no one has - but I'm guessing it's a white hole.

So it's decided then, we consult Holly.
 
2009-12-09 12:49:17 PM  

darisd: Has anyone considered that this may have been a spin stabilized rocket? It's an extremely common stabilization technique for low-tech missiles.


I will provide a more technical post this time: (from here)

"It's actually moderately common to spin-stabilize a final solid stage, since it minimizes parasitic mass carried along with the payload. Scout, for example, had its guidance system on its third stage: the third stage pointed the fourth stage, spun it up, started an ignition timer, and then separated."
 
2009-12-09 12:49:46 PM  
SWING AND A MISS


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STILL HOT
 
2009-12-09 12:49:57 PM  
The magnetic poles flipped again?
 
2009-12-09 12:50:40 PM  
It's like the end of some action movie, where the hero manages to, at the last minute, launch the super-fragi-hyper-nuclear explosive into the sky where it explodes harmlessly.

Authorities should be questioning Bruce Willis, Shia Laboeuf, or possibly even Nicolas Cage. They should also be on the lookout for the body of a well dressed man, with a dark moustache or goatee, which may be found at the bottom of an elevator shaft, in a crashed helicopter, at the foot of a tall building, or in a burning car that just went off of a cliff.
 
2009-12-09 12:50:42 PM  

CygnusDarius: Ok, so far we've had:

1.- Weird halo-like cloud over Russia
2.- Fireball comet raining down in South Africa (farking prawns)
3.- Spiral cloud in Norway

/Lemme get my tinfoil hat


I like the Time Machine theory.
 
2009-12-09 12:50:44 PM  
Looks too much like a rocket launch. Damn. Was really hoping for some kind of global event that would shake societies foundations/belief systems.

http://www.itromso.no/bilder/article316420.ece?imageIndex=25#pageTop

Lower right of that picture looks exactly like the kind of glowing contrails we sometimes see in Southern California at sunset, when Edwards AFB tests those expensive rockets.

/CHEMTRAILS!
 
2009-12-09 12:50:50 PM  
I don't have much good guess, but rocket launch seems to be the best, at least for the blue part. Perhaps two stages of malfunction. The first (blue) is a malfunction of one thruster while the other is fine (helical motion). The second is a malfunction of both thrusters. The non-blue spiral structure looks way to regular though.
 
2009-12-09 12:50:55 PM  
AWESOME.

I want this to be something totally cool.

/awaits disappointment.
 
2009-12-09 12:51:32 PM  
Jinkies! It's looks like someone's trying to frighten the Norwegians.

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2009-12-09 12:51:32 PM  
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Link (new window)

Remember when SpaceShipOne did those 29 rolls during its first launch?
Link (new window) Starts at 1:05
 
2009-12-09 12:51:33 PM  
Mass acid trip.
 
2009-12-09 12:51:52 PM  

peachpicker: medius

But...

"In Russia, Chrono-synclastic Infundibulum comes to you!"


The Tralfamadorians are testing a new rocket fuel.
 
2009-12-09 12:51:58 PM  
that would be the higgs boson particle destroying the collider before it could be discovered.
 
2009-12-09 12:52:14 PM  

fuzzycuffs: So where's the orange one?


THIS. i read the "wheeee..." comment left by Cornwell, and thought immediately of GLaDOS saying:

"Fling yourself. ::buzz:: Fling into space."
 
2009-12-09 12:52:31 PM  
Has anyone that watch it gone blind yet?
 
2009-12-09 12:52:32 PM  
Doesn't a ramjet or a pulsejet engine create almost spiral shaped trails?
 
2009-12-09 12:52:34 PM  

Rlou: Anyone know where we can get a LHC log from the day this happened?


The LHC hit record energy levels last night. 2.36 TeV collisions. Make of that what you will.
 
2009-12-09 12:52:40 PM  

Gormenghast: Strange lights in Norway turn out to be aliens who leave after determining no intelligent life would eat lutefisk.


Lutefisk is an Iceland thing.

If this was a rocket, it would not be that visible for that long of a time. I've been lucky enough to witness a missile test (dusk) out at PMRF and neither the target nor the interceptor created more than a long contrail that was whisked away pretty quickly. The intercept was high altitude, so it wasn't visible from the ground. However, the target was spiral trajectory and it did make a similar contrail to what's in the picture. Both made a fairly bright light, but there was no mistaking what they were.
 
2009-12-09 12:52:45 PM  

Savage Belief: Yeah, but I think all that spinning made him look like an aging lesbian.


He looks nothing at all like Keith Olbermann.
 
2009-12-09 12:52:52 PM  

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


Bad Astronomy thread


Yeah, he thinks it's a rocket, too. Bo-ring. I was hoping for something cool like a wormhole or interdimensional portal.
 
2009-12-09 12:53:06 PM  

mod_reright: basemetal: Anyone say light show prank yet?

I would have bet on it, but apparently this was visible from from an area at least a few miles across. So it had to be pretty high up in the atmosphere compared to any light show I've ever seen.

Out-of-control rocket spinning and spewing fuel that happened to be illuminated by the rising sun in a particularly weird way. Only possible explanation I've heard so far.

Very cool.

Better source (new window).

And another (new window).


Whoa. That simulation was really freakin similar to the pics. I say high altitude rocket spinning fuel in 2 directions lit by sun just below the horizon.

There, it's settled. Somebody post pics of boobs already.
 
2009-12-09 12:53:53 PM  
Get Mila Jovavich.
 
2009-12-09 12:54:05 PM  
Jesus is coming (back)

Look busy!
 
2009-12-09 12:54:08 PM  
Came for Eraser, leaving disappointed. Nice to see the Quake railgun anyway.
 
2009-12-09 12:54:11 PM  

mpire667: I think the Christians are still here.. So it can't be that...


you'd never know, i highly doubt many of the tv evangilists would actually get picked up

check to see if they're any working at tyhe local shelter
 
2009-12-09 12:54:14 PM  
I saw something exactly like that when I was a kid living in Cape Canaveral back in the late 60's. It was a night missile launch and the newspaper reported it as some kind of reaction with the atmosphere as the missile passed through it.
 
2009-12-09 12:54:36 PM  

Nick Nostril: Mass acid trip.


That affects cameras? That's some good shiat!
 
2009-12-09 12:54:36 PM  
Electrodynamic assistance to launch rockets. Making use of "rail" technology to propel rockets into space imo.
 
2009-12-09 12:55:08 PM  
Errr... am I missing something here, with these articles?

In each of the pictures, particularly the ones from The Sun, it's pretty clear that the spiral is being projected from a point off to the right. There's considerable flair from the hills on the ground, which would seem to indicate it's going from the ground up toward the spiral in the sky, not the other way around.

The videos just showed something spinning around in the sky. Was it cloudy that day?

Most likely some sort of hoax, some viral thing meant to advertise breath mints or a new men's body wash which will attract females from as far away as Guam.
 
2009-12-09 12:55:22 PM  

Farkwaddle: Lutefisk is an Iceland thing.


Lutefisk is also popular in Wisconsin, where there are a metric shiatton of Norweigans and almost no Icelandiaciansers.

So yeah.
 
2009-12-09 12:55:25 PM  
I think it's just words flying out, like
endless rain into a paper cup.
 
2009-12-09 12:55:49 PM  
Nothing to see here. God pulled out, and that was the money shot.
 
2009-12-09 12:55:59 PM  
Here's a picture of a Minuteman rocket test, fired from Edwards AFB. Norway's unique geographic location and the altitude of the rocket's flight path (images show that it is easily miles and miles high) would contribute to the appearance

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2009-12-09 12:56:27 PM  

mod_reright:
an area at least a few hundred miles across


/fixed.
//no coffee yet.
 
2009-12-09 12:56:35 PM  
most likely a transgalactic orbiter module piloted by a whirling dervish.

you can unclench your buttcheeks now, delbert.
 
2009-12-09 12:57:11 PM  
This is what you get when PROTEUS blows a focusing coil driver and the alarm routine crashes, so the target safety officer is standing around saying "Ok, it's firing, but what, we don't have a visual confirmation from the target site - did we get a good initiation sequence? Is the electron feed on? Where's it going then? We got a DSP warning from WHERE? OMG cut it off cut it off cut it off!"

I'm quite sure the exit point was high enough that the gammas were pretty well attenuated at ground level, but I'd hate to have been in a commercial jet flying anywhere near it.

/maybe gamma hormesis is real - so we just made you healthier, it's part of the health initiative, yw
 
2009-12-09 12:57:17 PM  

Weaver95: Charlie Freak: And the symmetry is so... perfect. Either someone is messing around with lasers or RF and we're seeing the resulting ionization, or this is some sort of solar phenomenon we've never seen before. Notice it seems to come from the direction of the sun?

i'm guessing it's some sort of new light show or something. But can lasers make spirals like that?


That's what I was wondering. I have no idea how it'd be possible to make interweaving spirals like that. Given the speed of light, anything from a laser should just come out as a quasi-straight "beam" (and we've all seen these "spotlights" used at clubs, new business openings, etc., that feature bright beams pointing upward from a ground source). I'm not up to date on the latest and greatest laser tech, but I just can't fathom how it'd be done. I agree that a bad missile seems to be the most probable cause to me, regardless of what the various military heads are saying right now. Heck, perhaps it was some experimental, top-secret missile that doesn't "exist" yet in the eyes of the public. Perhaps our own military knows exactly what it is, but doesn't want to make it public since they think it's some Russian secret (and both sides apparently know some of the secret stuff the other side is working on).
 
2009-12-09 12:57:46 PM  

unchellmatt: Errr... am I missing something here, with these articles?

In each of the pictures, particularly the ones from The Sun, it's pretty clear that the spiral is being projected from a point off to the right. There's considerable flair from the hills on the ground, which would seem to indicate it's going from the ground up toward the spiral in the sky, not the other way around.

The videos just showed something spinning around in the sky. Was it cloudy that day?

Most likely some sort of hoax, some viral thing meant to advertise breath mints or a new men's body wash which will attract females from as far away as Guam.


Across a distance of 400 miles?
 
2009-12-09 12:58:45 PM  
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2009-12-09 12:58:46 PM  

chopit: Farkwaddle: Lutefisk is an Iceland thing.

Lutefisk is also popular in Wisconsin, where there are a metric shiatton of Norweigans and almost no Icelandiaciansers.

So yeah.


Fish partially dissolved in lye until poisonous, then watered until non-toxic, and then boiled until gelatinous, is a Norwegian thing as well.

I can't for the life of me understand why...
 
2009-12-09 12:58:47 PM  

fiver5: /hotter than my older sisters tight, red haired snatch


pics or it didn't happen
 
2009-12-09 12:59:21 PM  
That's no moon...
 
2009-12-09 12:59:55 PM  
wow.. this is really incredible. Perhaps we really shouldn't be messing around with trying to recreate the universe just nanoseconds after it was created?
 
2009-12-09 1:00:03 PM  

2wolves: Across a distance of 400 miles?


To be honest, some people in that area needs some REAL encouragement to wash.
 
2009-12-09 1:00:11 PM  

2wolves: hitlersbrain: Looks to me like a bunch of wieners with too much time on their hands got bored with making crop circles and got themselves a light show.

That was visible over 800 miles?


Seems from the pictures that something was being projected from a hilltop or mountaintop. I'm not sure how far Finnmark is from Trøndelag but if it is 800 miles then I'm probably wrong.
 
2009-12-09 1:00:38 PM  
We need someone to math this shiat up, stat. Can probably determine the area that the contrails covered, elapsed over time, and determine the speed it must have been moving. It had to have been moving fast as hell to create such neat spirals that persisted from one end to the other.

Sneaky farking Russians.
 
2009-12-09 1:00:51 PM  

CygnusDarius: Ok, so far we've had:

1.- Weird halo-like cloud over Russia
2.- Fireball comet raining down in South Africa (farking prawns)
3.- Spiral cloud in Norway

/Lemme get my tinfoil hat


haha exactly the same sequence I was wondering about
 
2009-12-09 1:01:03 PM  
holy shiat im missing 2 humpback whales
 
2009-12-09 1:01:06 PM  
IT'S THE 2ND COMING!

of Odin
 
2009-12-09 1:01:14 PM  
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A magic door? Well why didn't you say so!
 
2009-12-09 1:01:45 PM  
Ok, people...
I despise the music of Journey, so I didn't want to be the first to bring this up, but...

The wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'
I don't know where I'll be tomorrow,
Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'


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2009-12-09 1:01:52 PM  
WAT.
 
2009-12-09 1:01:53 PM  
I think this is the first time I've seen a 'strange phenomenon in the sky' article on Fark in ten years that wasn't directly attributable to man-made shenanigans or simple astronomy within the first twenty posts.

That is scary. I agree, this needs to be scienced out. Tempus fugit!
 
2009-12-09 1:02:11 PM  
Didn't get a chance to read the thread and see if anyone got bit by a møøse yet?
 
2009-12-09 1:02:16 PM  
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2009-12-09 1:02:24 PM  
I've worked with high powered lasers before, and this type of thing wouldn't take much to reproduce. I believe this was something projected from the ground using air density and moisture to create a screen.

It's not that big a deal, people. One, it's visible, so we know it isn't a black hole, two, it's spinning on an inclinary orbit, so it's in the wrong hemisphere and three it's two dimensional.
 
2009-12-09 1:02:27 PM  
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2009-12-09 1:02:29 PM  

groininjury: holy shiat im missing 2 humpback whales


Are the dolphins still here?
ARE THE DOLPHINS STILL HERE!?

/So long and thanks for all the fish
//So sad it had to come to this
 
2009-12-09 1:02:31 PM  

Cornwell: chopit: Farkwaddle: Lutefisk is an Iceland thing.

Lutefisk is also popular in Wisconsin, where there are a metric shiatton of Norweigans and almost no Icelandiaciansers.

So yeah.

Fish partially dissolved in lye until poisonous, then watered until non-toxic, and then boiled until gelatinous, is a Norwegian thing as well.

I can't for the life of me understand why...


someone was very very hungry
 
2009-12-09 1:02:32 PM  

El Chode: Guys, I figured it out (new window)


Holy crap, that is one big ball of crazy!
 
2009-12-09 1:02:36 PM  

mod_reright: basemetal: Anyone say light show prank yet?

I would have bet on it, but apparently this was visible from from an area at least a few miles across. So it had to be pretty high up in the atmosphere compared to any light show I've ever seen.

Out-of-control rocket spinning and spewing fuel that happened to be illuminated by the rising sun in a particularly weird way. Only possible explanation I've heard so far.

Very cool.

Better source (new window).

And another (new window).


Rocket would have broken up before one complete revolution. They aren't very resilient to lateral G's and bending. No way to tell the diameter of the spiral, but something that out of control probably would have broken apart a long time ago.

Spin stabilization occurs along the longitudinal axis. You wouldn't actually be able to see it unless its unstable(unstable spin stabilization?). In which case, it wouldn't last very long at all.

That said, the blue streak totally looks like the remnants of a rocket launch.
 
2009-12-09 1:02:47 PM  
That's a full charge trojax shot from a scavenger's fight-cycle.

No need to worry (unless you were the target and had less than full shields).

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/Dating myself.
 
2009-12-09 1:03:15 PM  
Russian noctilucent cloud experiment anyone?
 
2009-12-09 1:03:37 PM  
First thought that came to mind.

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2009-12-09 1:04:13 PM  

gambitsgirl: MY SWEETIE! HAS HE RETURNED?


Don't you mean Link (new window)
 
2009-12-09 1:04:26 PM  

factoryconnection: Cornwell: Most likely theory, which also corresponds with the Navtex message mentioned upthread.

But that would require a faulty rocket to keep a straight course while rapidly spinning out of control (which in itself is a contradiction) before reaching an altitude allowing it to be visible from all locations mentioned simultaneously. Alta to Trøndelag, which is at least 750 kilometers, as "Trøndelag" is a regional term, and about as precise as saying "New England".

So that would give us what? A required altitude of...fark, someone get me a mathemancer to do the calculator-voodoo.

I looked at some of the linked photos and am thinking that perhaps there is a confluence of phenomena here. The blue trail looks like an aurora borealis... now those usually dance as far as I know but all I have is still photos. The white spiral which definitely appears to be on a different plane of motion could be completely separate and coincidental to the blue streak.

Either way: freaky.

This was my first consideration as well.

"What happens if we don't assume the blue spiral and the white spiral are anything more than coincidentally related phenomena?"

But IANAS. Clearly the two phenomena are at least somewhat related to one another as they are both spiraling. Coriolis effect? On light? Naw...

If it's purely light, something magnetic (and farkING AWESOME) was happening, or it's just a light show, as Weaver's postulating. If it's an object producing the spiral(s) then it's not exactly mysterious beyond the question of what it is.
 
2009-12-09 1:04:40 PM  
Also, for the missile believers, did you notice how the contrails seem to come from the spiral mass and not the ground. Take a look again. The contrails are widest at the spiral and get more narrow as it gets closer to the ground (perspectively speaking).
 
2009-12-09 1:05:00 PM  
So, I'm not working today and had a little time to do some rough azimuth matching on Google Earth.

From Breivika:
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From Lysnes:

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And from Tromso:

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I generated an overall azimuth here:

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2009-12-09 1:05:37 PM  
What about some kind of high-altitude, horizontal tornado?
 
2009-12-09 1:05:57 PM  
Somebody got hold of the Gluon Gun and took it out for a spin.

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/hotlinked
 
2009-12-09 1:05:58 PM  

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

Bad Astronomy thread

Yeah, he thinks it's a rocket, too. Bo-ring. I was hoping for something cool like a wormhole or interdimensional portal.


Not much of an explaination imho
 
2009-12-09 1:06:06 PM  
Saw something cery much like this launched a couple months ago from Kennedy Space Center, FL.
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2009-12-09 1:06:10 PM  
I'm back baby!
 
2009-12-09 1:06:43 PM  
*very*
 
2009-12-09 1:08:22 PM  
cone lightning?

/nah
 
2009-12-09 1:08:24 PM  

jtown: Rlou: Anyone know where we can get a LHC log from the day this happened?

The LHC hit record energy levels last night. 2.36 TeV collisions. Make of that what you will.


Gonna hit the bars then. If I am going to wink out of existence today, going to wink out of existence drunk.
 
2009-12-09 1:08:33 PM  
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2009-12-09 1:08:37 PM  

Bartleby the Scrivener: EdNortonsTwin: Solar flare, earth's polarity may be on the verge of changing.

So should we be preparing for Upside-down Day or Downside-up Day?

\Would rather wear hair on my feet than shoes on my head.


Frodo lives?
 
2009-12-09 1:09:05 PM  
This makes me afraid. Fortunately, my normal reaction to fear (going home and drinking myself into forgetful oblivion) will not interfere with my normal daily routine (going home and drinking myself into forgetful oblivion).
 
2009-12-09 1:09:16 PM  
No take-backs Crunch ;)
 
2009-12-09 1:09:33 PM  
could we get Jesse Ventura to investigate this for his new show? He'll get to the bottom of it... or at least offer lots of rampant over-th-top, unprovable speculation.

//Jesse's show is to investigative journalism what Glen Beck's is to news.
 
2009-12-09 1:09:35 PM  
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The Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?
 
2009-12-09 1:11:19 PM  
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2009-12-09 1:11:45 PM  
'It looked like the moon was coming over the mountain, but then came something completely different.'

[image from i158.photobucket.com too old to be available]
 
2009-12-09 1:11:46 PM  

dickieignorant: The Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?


Yes.
 
2009-12-09 1:11:55 PM  

Charlie Freak: So, I'm not working today and had a little time to do some rough azimuth matching on Google Earth.

From Breivika:

From Lysnes:

And from Tromso:

I generated an overall azimuth here:


Wow. Good work.

My theory if that the Russians tested a missile interceptor of some kind. They intentionally sent the target rocket out of control in a spiral, and then launched the interceptor which began spiraling as it adjusted for the target's trajectory.
 
2009-12-09 1:11:59 PM  

dickieignorant: The Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?


- "Yes."
- "Can I see it?"
 
2009-12-09 1:12:10 PM  
I'll tell you what it is, it's a youtube video and a traumatizing story to the kids, two mundane occurances really, coming together to make a phenomi- pheno- phenoman- AWESOMELY cheap Christmas.
 
2009-12-09 1:12:19 PM  
But if it were a spinning rocket, wouldn't it lose the symmetrical spin as it ran out of fuel - you'd see it fall away as it burned out.
 
2009-12-09 1:12:19 PM  

missmarsha: That scares me.


I'll hold you
 
2009-12-09 1:12:59 PM  
Black Lagoon

I miss that show (the original). The new one SUCKS!

/my age is showing isn't it
 
2009-12-09 1:13:00 PM  

CygnusDarius: Ok, so far we've had:

1.- Weird halo-like cloud over Russia
2.- Fireball comet raining down in South Africa (farking prawns)
3.- Spiral cloud in Norway

/Lemme get my tinfoil hat


this
 
2009-12-09 1:13:13 PM  
dickieignorant: The Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?

- "Yes."
- "Can I see it?"


-No
 
2009-12-09 1:13:25 PM  
Link (new window)

WHAT THE fark IS THAT MAN?
 
2009-12-09 1:13:31 PM  

LordXenu: I'm back baby!


how was the ride on the intergalactic dc-10
 
2009-12-09 1:15:16 PM  
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/approves

(now I'm dating myself too!)
 
2009-12-09 1:16:00 PM  

johnbc5: I am not sure what it is but it gives me the creeps for some reason. The first thing I thought of was Elijah and I am not a religious person at all.


You mean Ezekiel, maybe?

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2009-12-09 1:16:04 PM  

How your teeth feel after a night of drinking: Spin stabilization occurs along the longitudinal axis. You wouldn't actually be able to see it unless its unstable(unstable spin stabilization?). In which case, it wouldn't last very long at all.


You would be able to see it if you were looking on axis. IOW, if a lower stage failed but an upper stage was stuck in "ok, spin up now... waiting... waiting for proper attitude... waiting..." mode.

If it were in near vacuum, you would see an increase in the "frequency" of the spiral. If not, atmospheric drag might have led to a steady angular velocity.

But if it was really unstable and a failed launch, you would think they would have hit the kill button.
 
2009-12-09 1:16:22 PM  
It's a Boom Tube. Be on the lookout for this person.

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2009-12-09 1:16:27 PM  
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HE'S COMING
 
2009-12-09 1:16:33 PM  

jafiwam: jtown: Rlou: Anyone know where we can get a LHC log from the day this happened?

The LHC hit record energy levels last night. 2.36 TeV collisions. Make of that what you will.

Gonna hit the bars then. If I am going to wink out of existence today, going to wink out of existence drunk.


You'll be lucky if you wink out of existence (new window).
 
2009-12-09 1:17:04 PM  
My best guess will have to be that it's some kind of experimental multistage rocket that by sheer dumb luck, or uber rocket science maths, had the final stage disengage in such a way that it was put into a perfectly balanced death spin. We've all seen videos of homemade rockets spinning out of control in the air...this is probably just a really really big one, at very high altitude.

You can trust me, I'm with the government. Move along folks.
 
2009-12-09 1:17:13 PM  
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Approves
 
2009-12-09 1:17:56 PM  
apacheco, it's the Nexxus of Sominus?
 
2009-12-09 1:18:29 PM  
Star Trek thread!


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2009-12-09 1:19:17 PM  
Maybe the Fark Rick Romero Thread went over 5,000 fans?
 
2009-12-09 1:19:43 PM  
The Aurora Borealis? In my Vagina?
It's more likely than you think.
 
2009-12-09 1:20:45 PM  
I'm listening to the Nine Inch nails song "Lights in the Sky" so I'm really gettign a kick out of these replies...

(free download of their album "the slip" available at nin.com)
 
2009-12-09 1:21:49 PM  

Cornwell: Russian Northern Fleet Commands denies any ICBM test launches.


Well it looks like a failed test, so of course they'll deny it to save face. People will start ignoring them as a nuclear superpower if it's clear that they can't actually deliver the nukes.

/or maybe it wasn't a "test" launch
 
2009-12-09 1:22:20 PM  
Gormenghast: Interesting take...

This is going to drive me nuts until someone explains WTF that was.
 
2009-12-09 1:22:23 PM  

GinnyTonic: Star Trek thread!


I'm in love, or the Vulcan equivalent thereof.
 
2009-12-09 1:22:56 PM  
It's the biggest interdimensional cross rip since the Tunguska blast of 1909!
 
2009-12-09 1:22:56 PM  
[image from sistestopp.com too old to be available]

What a Knut!


/Favorite Celebrity astronomer: Charlie Sheen
//Want to see the ruins, friend?
 
2009-12-09 1:22:58 PM  
Løøks shøpped.
 
2009-12-09 1:23:02 PM  

GinnyTonic: Star Trek thread!


Oh hello!
 
2009-12-09 1:23:07 PM  

Uakronkid: My theory if that the Russians tested a missile interceptor of some kind. They intentionally sent the target rocket out of control in a spiral, and then launched the interceptor which began spiraling as it adjusted for the target's trajectory.


This phenomenon gets less and less cool with every additional brain crunching it.
 
2009-12-09 1:23:43 PM  

GinnyTonic: Star Trek thread!


Golf clap . . . .
 
2009-12-09 1:23:51 PM  

How your teeth feel after a night of drinking: mod_reright: basemetal: Anyone say light show prank yet?

I would have bet on it, but apparently this was visible from from an area at least a few miles across. So it had to be pretty high up in the atmosphere compared to any light show I've ever seen.

Out-of-control rocket spinning and spewing fuel that happened to be illuminated by the rising sun in a particularly weird way. Only possible explanation I've heard so far.

Very cool.

Better source (new window).

And another (new window).

Rocket would have broken up before one complete revolution. They aren't very resilient to lateral G's and bending. No way to tell the diameter of the spiral, but something that out of control probably would have broken apart a long time ago.

Spin stabilization occurs along the longitudinal axis. You wouldn't actually be able to see it unless its unstable(unstable spin stabilization?). In which case, it wouldn't last very long at all.

That said, the blue streak totally looks like the remnants of a rocket launch.


I recant. Its early. I actually watched videos and looks like an unstable rocket. Looks like what happened in the 2nd SpaceX launch. Whatever was causing instability was obviously on the second stage and was exacerbated by dropping the first.
Nobody really cared what I had to say to begin with though, so whatever.
 
2009-12-09 1:24:10 PM  

Prof.Xomox: The Aurora Borealis? In my Vagina?
It's more likely than you think.


Pics? Need evidence please.
/I said please.
 
2009-12-09 1:24:55 PM  

GinnyTonic: Star Trek thread!


i'd like to inspect her nacelles
 
2009-12-09 1:25:03 PM  

meat0918: Has anyone that watch it gone blind yet?


I see what you did there


That's some farked up shiat and now I'm going to go totaly lose my mind.
 
2009-12-09 1:25:34 PM  
I almost never post. But dickieignorant - that made my day.
 
2009-12-09 1:25:51 PM  

Farkwaddle: I miss that show (the original). The new one SUCKS!


Yeah, the original 'V' can be corny when viewed now, but the idea of the show (and how those ideas are delivered) still hold up.

I was excited for the new show but man...what a turd. I'm done with it.
 
2009-12-09 1:25:51 PM  

Uakronkid:
My theory if that the Russians tested a missile interceptor of some kind. They intentionally sent the target rocket out of control in a spiral, and then launched the interceptor which began spiraling as it adjusted for the target's trajectory.


That sounds the most plausible, especially considering how butthurt Russia has been over the US' missile shield and interceptor programs. I'm kind of surprised that they'd even have the money to develop one though, since their GDP is smaller than the state of California...but then again, they probably don't need to bankroll development of a rocket interceptor when they can easily steal the same information from American defense contractors.

Didn't some NASA guy recently get canned for wanting to sell some government sekrets?
 
2009-12-09 1:26:05 PM  

JRoo: I, for one, welcome our new spiral overlords.


/suckup...
 
2009-12-09 1:26:22 PM  

Ponzholio: Sure it wasn't Uranus?

/never gets old.


Astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all. Now it's called Urectum.
 
2009-12-09 1:26:30 PM  

Nick Nostril: And so it begins.


Starting Season 3 tonight.
 
2009-12-09 1:27:05 PM  
I personally think it is cool as all hell that some really weird shiat went down and we don't have the slightest idea what the hell it was.
 
2009-12-09 1:28:25 PM  
Check out this YouTube video that expands on the short clips we've seen so far (new window).

Watch closely at 35 seconds in, when the camera zooms in on the area where that spiral is pointing. It looks pretty obvious that this event is projected from the ground.
 
2009-12-09 1:28:48 PM  

Charlie Freak: So, I'm not working today and had a little time to do some rough azimuth matching on Google Earth.

From Breivika:
From Lysnes:
And from Tromso:

I generated an overall azimuth here:


Nifty work.

I can give you a very precise point of reference and bearing on image #22 from the slideshow. It's from N69 39 06.75 E18 57 40.80, bearing 107,57 degrees.

Used to work 200 meters away from that place.
 
2009-12-09 1:28:49 PM  

GinnyTonic: Star Trek thread!


It must be cold in space. I'm not complaining.
 
2009-12-09 1:29:14 PM  
Are you sciencing again!?
 
2009-12-09 1:29:19 PM  

How your teeth feel after a night of drinking:
Nobody really cared what I had to say to begin with though, so whatever.


I did. Cuz you are probably close to correct.

/ bro hugs
 
2009-12-09 1:30:06 PM  

darisd: How your teeth feel after a night of drinking: Spin stabilization occurs along the longitudinal axis. You wouldn't actually be able to see it unless its unstable(unstable spin stabilization?). In which case, it wouldn't last very long at all.

You would be able to see it if you were looking on axis. IOW, if a lower stage failed but an upper stage was stuck in "ok, spin up now... waiting... waiting for proper attitude... waiting..." mode.

If it were in near vacuum, you would see an increase in the "frequency" of the spiral. If not, atmospheric drag might have led to a steady angular velocity.

But if it was really unstable and a failed launch, you would think they would have hit the kill button.


Yeah, I wasn't really thinking about that when I posted. It made sense after I actually thought about it. But yeah, you'd think they would have aborted after they noticed this bad of an issue.
 
2009-12-09 1:30:26 PM  

Norad:
Watch closely at 35 seconds in, when the camera zooms in on the area where that spiral is pointing. It looks pretty obvious that this event is projected from the ground.


Yet was seen over a great (hundreds of miles) distance.
 
2009-12-09 1:30:46 PM  
i did not expect that many pictures and videos would be released so quickly. also, definitely not a streetlight.
 
2009-12-09 1:31:58 PM  
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2009-12-09 1:32:00 PM  

PedanticSimpleton: ou can trust me, I'm with the government.


You're contradicting yourself, make up your mind!
 
2009-12-09 1:32:20 PM  

Norad: Check out this YouTube video that expands on the short clips we've seen so far (new window).

Watch closely at 35 seconds in, when the camera zooms in on the area where that spiral is pointing. It looks pretty obvious that this event is projected from the ground.


You and I use the word "obvious" differently.
 
2009-12-09 1:32:28 PM  
Russians are apparently claiming responsibility.

Link
 
2009-12-09 1:32:39 PM  
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That's no blue and white swirly thing...
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THAT'S A SPACE STATION
 
2009-12-09 1:33:03 PM  
OK, I'm going to sound arrogant, and I know it, and I'm sorry, so get over it.
First. Rockets.
I'm able to tentatively accept the rocket hypothesis, but for a few issues:
One, rockets burn fuel that is actually pretty high in hydrogen and sulphur, both of which (if I remember) burn a bright yellow-white. Think of all the night time missile and rocket launches that you've seen from the footage of all the recent conflicts. All bright yellow-white. The fact that this trail is blue suggests that if it is a rocket, the firing country (most likely Russia) is testing a new fuel, or perhaps even a new drive system (ion/ion assisted?)
Two, if the rocket/missile had messed up and started on a spiral path by accident and not by design, it would have been remotely disarmed and detonated as soon as it showed any signs of deviation of path and trajectory. The fact that we see this thing spiraling like this suggests that if it is an accident, the remote disabling redundancies all failed, or the spiral is intentional.
 
2009-12-09 1:33:13 PM  

Flab: Further investigation reveals that the submarine station of Polyarny is also ESE of Tromso. This is now a The Hunt For Red October thread.


The Submarine Station of Polygamy would make a nice Hardy Boys title.
 
2009-12-09 1:33:35 PM  
FTFA: Tromsø Geophysical Observatory researcher Truls Lynne Hansen was certain the light had been caused by a missile launch.

He told Norwegian media that the missile had likely lost control and exploded. The spiral, he claimed, was the result of light reflecting on the leaking fuel. He was quoted as saying the light was sunlight, despite the strange lights showing up at night.


As soon as I read this I thought of the Men in Black movies.

As someone who has seen many rocket and missile launches, I can tell you that none of them looked anything like this. Sometimes you would see a strange smoke trail, but if the pics are true in that article, this was not smoke.

I am curious what this could be.
 
2009-12-09 1:33:51 PM  

2wolves: Most likely some sort of hoax, some viral thing meant to advertise breath mints or a new men's body wash which will attract females from as far away as Guam.

Across a distance of 400 miles?


You're right...with that kind of budget its more likely an erectile dysfunction ad.
 
2009-12-09 1:33:55 PM  

Black Lagoon: Yeah, the original 'V' can be corny when viewed now, but the idea of the show (and how those ideas are delivered) still hold up. I was excited for the new show but man...what a turd. I'm done with it.


Ditto. What a letdown. The original series was actually better.

The new V was like a more boring version of Independence Day.
 
2009-12-09 1:34:11 PM  
Norad: Holy heck, you're Fark number 105!

*bows deeply*
 
2009-12-09 1:34:49 PM  
Wikipedia says it was a failed Bulava ICBM test, the Russians are apparently now apparently confirming this.
 
2009-12-09 1:34:53 PM  

fark_of_the_covenant: Russians are apparently claiming responsibility.

Link

- The missile has probably come out of control and exploded. The peculiar spiral shaped light pattern comes from reflection of the sun in the leaking fuel, he said to Aftenposten.


Its a solid rocket motor, how is it leaking propellant?
 
2009-12-09 1:34:57 PM  
Good thing science has everything figured out...or we'd all be a little concerned over stuff like this.
 
2009-12-09 1:36:01 PM  
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What a Bulava missile might look like.

 
2009-12-09 1:36:13 PM  

fiver5: /hotter than my older sisters tight, red haired snatch


I think I was married to your sister once.
 
2009-12-09 1:37:16 PM  

Cornwell: 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.


buffering....buffering....buffering...buffering...PLAYING...buffering
 
2009-12-09 1:37:25 PM  

How your teeth feel after a night of drinking: fark_of_the_covenant: Russians are apparently claiming responsibility.

Link

- The missile has probably come out of control and exploded. The peculiar spiral shaped light pattern comes from reflection of the sun in the leaking fuel, he said to Aftenposten.

Its a solid rocket motor, how is it leaking propellant?


Well, of course the solid fuel would continue to rotate in a clockwise fashion even after being ejected from the rocket...you know..rather than simply traveling on the tangent at the point it was ejected from.

It's all perfectly explainable. That and the whole lasting 10-12 minutes and the blue spiral light matching up with it. Yeah. Completely understandable now.
 
2009-12-09 1:37:26 PM  

squishy2: (now I'm dating myself too!)


At least you already know you put out and are willing to post pics.

I've realized what's happening, but you all should pass it along:

RUN, APRIL RYAN, RUN!
 
2009-12-09 1:37:30 PM  

GinnyTonic: Star Trek thread!


Damn!

/I'll be in my bunk
// feel free to come and join anytime
 
2009-12-09 1:38:36 PM  
Cornwell #'s 6 and 7 look freaking scary.

Link (new window)
 
2009-12-09 1:38:50 PM  

Thwack: It's a Boom Tube. Be on the lookout for this person.

2009-12-09 01:16:22 PM

HeartBurnKid: HE'S COMING

2009-12-09 01:16:27 PM

Only 5 seconds from being a simul-post using the same image. That's 5 seconds from potentially ripping a hole in the fabric of Fark time.
 
2009-12-09 1:39:38 PM  

Farker T: johnbc5: I am not sure what it is but it gives me the creeps for some reason. The first thing I thought of was Elijah and I am not a religious person at all.

You mean Ezekiel, maybe?


Yeah that too but I was thinking of Elijah's chariot ride into the sky.
 
2009-12-09 1:39:55 PM  

sadistic-savior: Black Lagoon: Yeah, the original 'V' can be corny when viewed now, but the idea of the show (and how those ideas are delivered) still hold up. I was excited for the new show but man...what a turd. I'm done with it.

Ditto. What a letdown. The original series was actually better.

The new V was like a more boring version of Independence Day.


Glad I'm not the only one who felt this way. I forced myself to sit through two of the new episodes and then quit. Huge bucket of turds!
 
2009-12-09 1:40:02 PM  

2wolves: What a Bulava missile might look like.


But what would a vulva missile look like?

/Checks thread for gorgor sightings
//This could be good...
 
2009-12-09 1:40:28 PM  

Madbassist1: Cornwell: 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.

buffering....buffering....buffering...buffering...PLAYING...buffering


Its so obvious now. Real Labs is responsible for this!
 
2009-12-09 1:40:34 PM  

craig328: How your teeth feel after a night of drinking: fark_of_the_covenant: Russians are apparently claiming responsibility.

Link

- The missile has probably come out of control and exploded. The peculiar spiral shaped light pattern comes from reflection of the sun in the leaking fuel, he said to Aftenposten.

Its a solid rocket motor, how is it leaking propellant?

Well, of course the solid fuel would continue to rotate in a clockwise fashion even after being ejected from the rocket...you know..rather than simply traveling on the tangent at the point it was ejected from.

It's all perfectly explainable. That and the whole lasting 10-12 minutes and the blue spiral light matching up with it. Yeah. Completely understandable now.


My point is more semantics. It would be exhaust gas, not propellant(to me, at least, propellant is unburnt fuel). I felt like being a dick.
 
2009-12-09 1:41:14 PM  
serious question: Are the first few pics simulated or actual photos of the event? Because they look a lot clearer/bigger than the video images.
 
2009-12-09 1:41:34 PM  
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Your scientists have yet to discover how neural networks create self-consciousness, let alone how the human brain processes two-dimensional retinal images into the three-dimensional phenomenon known as perception. Yet you somehow brazenly declare that seeing is believing!
 
2009-12-09 1:41:56 PM  

Norad: Watch closely at 35 seconds in, when the camera zooms in on the area where that spiral is pointing. It looks pretty obvious that this event is projected from the ground.


That's the impression I had
 
2009-12-09 1:42:22 PM  

loonatic112358: GinnyTonic: Star Trek thread!

i'd like to inspect her nacelles


You're outta luck. Pon Farr was last month. Ready to wait around six years, 10 months?
 
2009-12-09 1:42:25 PM  
Nothing on CNN and nothing on BBC. But that's just part of the conspiracy, man! The governments of the world don't want you to know that right now there is some spaceship from the future sitting in a hanger in Germany and that the occupants are really APES!!

WAKE UP SHEEPLE!
 
2009-12-09 1:42:43 PM  
See, this is the kind of evidence UFO/Alien people should be producing.

You see some weird crazy shiat in the sky, hundreds of pictures, video from different locations. This is some shiat to work with. I love it!
 
2009-12-09 1:42:56 PM  
Laser light show is the least plausible, since you'd need a fark all powerful laser to be powerful enough to reflect high enough in the atmosphere to be visible for hundreds of miles.

A laser that powerful would have been very apparent too, as it would reflect off of all kinds of particulates in the air, making the beam(s) highly visible on the way up. Unless we're talking alien technology lasers that use strange quantum photons that just appear out of nowhere, without any kind of noticeable source.
 
2009-12-09 1:43:15 PM  

treesloth: Ponzholio: Sure it wasn't Uranus?

/never gets old.

Astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all. Now it's called Urectum.


i liked when some started pronouncing it Yur-in-iss.
And i thought Urine-is? That's BETTER?
 
2009-12-09 1:44:44 PM  
Relax everyone, Russia is just doing preliminary testing of new weapons by dividing by 0. There's nothing to worry about.

/run.
 
2009-12-09 1:44:58 PM  
 
2009-12-09 1:45:14 PM  
how could the blue cone be a rocket trail? ever see a rocket or contrail before? its thicker where it came from because it dissipates and spreads out, this one is thicker towards the white spiral, the destination.
 
2009-12-09 1:45:44 PM  

sadistic-savior: Ditto. What a letdown. The original series was actually better.


Yeah, y'know, I'd agree with that.

The SciFi...er, "SyFy" channel ran the original V a few weeks back and I watched 'em. Corny effects and it screamed "1980s!," but I'd say it's still a far superior show. It's like the original 'Trek vs. Voyager.
 
2009-12-09 1:46:04 PM  

How your teeth feel after a night of drinking: Nobody really cared what I had to say to begin with though, so whatever.


Not true. I was pretty sure you were wrong ;-), but it led me to reading up on spin stabilized missiles and I learned something new today.

Thanks for that.
 
2009-12-09 1:46:46 PM  

Flab: This is now a The Hunt For Red October thread.


Pass. Is there even a woman in that movie? I guess Ryan's wife has a line of dialogue in the beginning of the movie, but then that'd make it a Star Trek thread again.
 
2009-12-09 1:47:34 PM  
Wow, I can't believe nobody thought of this one yet.

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/Hot like an out-of-control rocket
//Overlord needs that last shuttle flight
 
2009-12-09 1:48:05 PM  

EricB: how could the blue cone be a rocket trail? ever see a rocket or contrail before? its thicker where it came from because it dissipates and spreads out, this one is thicker towards the white spiral, the destination.


Perspective's a biatch.
 
2009-12-09 1:48:17 PM  
First we had the streetlight. Now we have the streetlight AND a wormhole:

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2009-12-09 1:48:39 PM  

TheOtherGuy: Wow, I can't believe nobody thought of this one yet.


no, i've thought about hotlinking

/and i did too
 
2009-12-09 1:48:57 PM  
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2009-12-09 1:49:43 PM  

jmaster306: guvnor: Once again, the Doctor saves us all with his Sonic Screwdriver.

Pfff. It looks more like transwarp corridor to me.


I only thought this shiat happened over Cardiff.
 
2009-12-09 1:50:16 PM  
How your teeth feel after a night of drinking: Yeah, I wasn't really thinking about that when I posted. It made sense after I actually thought about it. But yeah, you'd think they would have aborted after they noticed this bad of an issue.

Maybe the guy in charge of pressing the oh-sh*t button was looking up saying "Cooooooool..."
 
2009-12-09 1:50:17 PM  
I'm leaning towards rocket, but the summetry and colors are odd. Some new technology, it seems.
 
2009-12-09 1:51:35 PM  

Norad: It looks pretty obvious that this event is projected from the ground.


Projected onto what?
 
2009-12-09 1:51:47 PM  
It was Greg Brady with a flashlight, duh.

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2009-12-09 1:52:08 PM  

EricB: how could the blue cone be a rocket trail? ever see a rocket or contrail before? its thicker where it came from because it dissipates and spreads out, this one is thicker towards the white spiral, the destination.


That was my point too (see earlier post). Just watch a jet when it passes over your house sometime. Where is the narrowest end of the contrail?
 
2009-12-09 1:54:14 PM  
OBAMA'S IN NORWAY TOMORROW TO RECEIVE HIS NOBEL PRIZE

Coincidence?

HIGG'S BOSUMS FROM THE FUTURE ARE COMING TO PREVENT HIM FROM GETTING THE PRIZE, AS IT WILL CAUSE A SUCH A STRONG GRAVITATIONAL FORCE WHEN HE COLLAPSES UPON HIMSELF IN PRIDE AND CREATES A BLACK HOLE, DESTROYING HUMANITY. FOREVER.
 
2009-12-09 1:54:21 PM  
I blame terrorists.
/9-12-2009 Never Forget
 
2009-12-09 1:54:37 PM  

How your teeth feel after a night of drinking: craig328: How your teeth feel after a night of drinking: fark_of_the_covenant: Russians are apparently claiming responsibility.

Link

- The missile has probably come out of control and exploded. The peculiar spiral shaped light pattern comes from reflection of the sun in the leaking fuel, he said to Aftenposten.

Its a solid rocket motor, how is it leaking propellant?

Well, of course the solid fuel would continue to rotate in a clockwise fashion even after being ejected from the rocket...you know..rather than simply traveling on the tangent at the point it was ejected from.

It's all perfectly explainable. That and the whole lasting 10-12 minutes and the blue spiral light matching up with it. Yeah. Completely understandable now.

My point is more semantics. It would be exhaust gas, not propellant(to me, at least, propellant is unburnt fuel). I felt like being a dick.


I wasn't busting on you. The whole "it's a missile launch" excuse is ridiculous for a number of obvious reasons. I guess they don't have swamps north of the Arctic Circle so swamp gas was out? Yeah, didn't look much like a weather balloon either. Had to come up with something I suppose.

It may very well have been projected from the ground but it damn well wasn't a missile. I'm no expert but I'm no gullible dumbass either.

If the powers that be wanna lie please, at least make the lie a little plausible.
 
2009-12-09 1:56:09 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Norad: It looks pretty obvious that this event is projected from the ground.

Projected onto what?


I have no idea, I'm just talking out my ass like everyone else here.
 
2009-12-09 1:56:39 PM  
PedanticSimpleton, you really live up to that second half of your name. how the hell could perspective explain this? especially with dozens of pictures from every which angle?
 
2009-12-09 1:56:40 PM  
Obviously a rocket launch of some sort.
 
2009-12-09 1:57:36 PM  

Black Lagoon: The SciFi...er, "SyFy" channel ran the original V a few weeks back and I watched 'em. Corny effects and it screamed "1980s!," but I'd say it's still a far superior show. It's like the original 'Trek vs. Voyager.


The whole idea of aliens using us as a food source was what was creepy. And while some of the effects were lame (the retarded muppet version of the lizard baby for example), some of them were actually good even by today's standards. The alien skin under the "mask" when they ripped Diana's face off (complete with cool Lizard contacts) was convincing even by today's standards.

I also loved how they did the distorted voices for the aliens (no distorted voices for 2009 version, sorry). And the alien laser weapons effects were cool.

Oh...and the old version of the Alien ships were MUCH cooler and more convincing. The ID4 clone they used in this version was predictable and cookie cutter. It looks like a tech demo for a new software rendering package or something.

While there were some things about the original that were cheesy, there were a lot of things that were still pretty cool. The acting in the original was awful, but the acting in the new version really isn't all that great either.
 
2009-12-09 1:58:24 PM  

tjhal2001: Glad I'm not the only one who felt this way. I forced myself to sit through two of the new episodes and then quit. Huge bucket of turds!


H-U-G-E bucket.

Still...

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/hot alien lizard cowgirl FTW!
 
2009-12-09 1:58:40 PM  
Holy crap, Uzumaki is coming true!
 
2009-12-09 1:58:53 PM  
So it was a failed rocket test? I dunno...probably aperture science up to something. Black Mesa?

Whatever it is, I hope Gordon Freeman is ready.
 
2009-12-09 1:58:59 PM  
Screw stocking up on guns/ammo, gold. Tin foil for me baby.
 
2009-12-09 1:59:01 PM  
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I'm ready! Who's with me?
 
2009-12-09 1:59:59 PM  
 
2009-12-09 2:00:46 PM  
Finally, a light show worthy of techno-viking!
 
2009-12-09 2:01:00 PM  

craig328: How your teeth feel after a night of drinking: craig328: How your teeth feel after a night of drinking: fark_of_the_covenant: Russians are apparently claiming responsibility.

Link

- The missile has probably come out of control and exploded. The peculiar spiral shaped light pattern comes from reflection of the sun in the leaking fuel, he said to Aftenposten.

Its a solid rocket motor, how is it leaking propellant?

Well, of course the solid fuel would continue to rotate in a clockwise fashion even after being ejected from the rocket...you know..rather than simply traveling on the tangent at the point it was ejected from.

It's all perfectly explainable. That and the whole lasting 10-12 minutes and the blue spiral light matching up with it. Yeah. Completely understandable now.

My point is more semantics. It would be exhaust gas, not propellant(to me, at least, propellant is unburnt fuel). I felt like being a dick.

I wasn't busting on you. The whole "it's a missile launch" excuse is ridiculous for a number of obvious reasons. I guess they don't have swamps north of the Arctic Circle so swamp gas was out? Yeah, didn't look much like a weather balloon either. Had to come up with something I suppose.

It may very well have been projected from the ground but it damn well wasn't a missile. I'm no expert but I'm no gullible dumbass either.

If the powers that be wanna lie please, at least make the lie a little plausible.


You've probably never seen a missile launch...
 
2009-12-09 2:01:51 PM  
PedanticSimpleton, let me explain further. if a rocket is being fired into the air. your perspective would always be that the trail would be thicker towards the ground. no matter where you are on the ground view. the ONLY way for it to look thicker the other way would be IF YOU WERE IN THE AIR and it was being fired almost directly at you.
 
2009-12-09 2:01:52 PM  

Farkwaddle: EricB: how could the blue cone be a rocket trail? ever see a rocket or contrail before? its thicker where it came from because it dissipates and spreads out, this one is thicker towards the white spiral, the destination.

That was my point too (see earlier post). Just watch a jet when it passes over your house sometime. Where is the narrowest end of the contrail?


Rockets fly a lot faster than jets. You're used to seeing contrails a few miles high from planes flying at subsonic speeds, hence a more a linear perspective of the trailing end being larger as it dissipates.

A rocket is flying...or thrusting...whatever...at something like 10-15,000mph at altitudes of like 60-80,000 feet. You'll cover a lot of distance very fast at those kinds of speeds. The trailing end may look visibly thinner, but it's so far away that it's hard to tell that it's actually dissipated. The blue contrail in the picture, from end to end, is probably a good 100 miles long
 
2009-12-09 2:02:01 PM  
This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels...
-looks at the videos
Oh shiat!
 
2009-12-09 2:02:44 PM  

perdu: First we had the streetlight. Now we have the streetlight AND a wormhole:


[image from i405.photobucket.com too old to be available]

Exteremly Q&D
 
2009-12-09 2:03:11 PM  
Well, it's about time. I mean, sheesh! I been telling people about this for years but did anyone listen? Noooooo. Well now you can just go there and fix it yourself.

I tired of complaining. Besides I'm scheduled for another "Alien" Abduction this evening.

Gotta run . . .
 
2009-12-09 2:03:54 PM  

sadistic-savior: The whole idea of aliens using us as a food source was what was creepy. And while some of the effects were lame (the retarded muppet version of the lizard baby for example), some of them were actually good even by today's standards. The alien skin under the "mask" when they ripped Diana's face off (complete with cool Lizard contacts) was convincing even by today's standards.

I also loved how they did the distorted voices for the aliens (no distorted voices for 2009 version, sorry). And the alien laser weapons effects were cool.

Oh...and the old version of the Alien ships were MUCH cooler and more convincing. The ID4 clone they used in this version was predictable and cookie cutter. It looks like a tech demo for a new software rendering package or something.

While there were some things about the original that were cheesy, there were a lot of things that were still pretty cool. The acting in the original was awful, but the acting in the new version really isn't all that great either.


I wasn't dissing the old 'V,' I dig it.

The "us as food" bit was creepy, but to me the most disturbing plot was the subversive nature of their takeover and how quickly elements of society signed on and sold out.

The Nazi overtones were great, too, like when the Jewish grandfather shamed his son into helping "undesirable" humans as he (the grandfather) and his wife were helped out of Germany.

And it should be 'V for Victory,' NOT 'V for Visitors.'

/threadjack
 
2009-12-09 2:04:04 PM  
Did anyone else read the comments on Youtube from that link earlier in the threat?

One of the comments said we would all know what this was tomorrow...they promise. That just seems weird.
 
2009-12-09 2:04:45 PM  

TheSignPost: Cool.

I'm ready for an end of the world / life altering global phenomenon.

I recently split up with my gf, and end of the world sex with wild and wacky groups of total strangers would be nice.


Have you been to the Department of Motor Vehicles lately? You don't want to have group sex with most of the strangers in your municipality, trust me.
 
2009-12-09 2:05:29 PM  
Glad that I am going to know all about what color Tiger Woods poop is this morning and no one is going to tell me what the fark that is!!!!!

I love our media. Priorities are all in the right place.
 
2009-12-09 2:05:42 PM  
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/got nuthin
 
2009-12-09 2:05:52 PM  

arrjayaitch: Finally, a light show worthy of techno-viking!


hahahaha!

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2009-12-09 2:06:18 PM  
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2009-12-09 2:06:46 PM  

Black Lagoon: And it should be 'V for Victory,' NOT 'V for Visitors.'


Yeah, they kept referring to the aliens as the "Vs". Damn that was annoying. All four shows were annoying.
 
2009-12-09 2:07:26 PM  

El Chode: Guys, I figured it out (new window)


The crazy people sure do like bright text on their websites.
 
2009-12-09 2:08:51 PM  
 
2009-12-09 2:09:06 PM  
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2009-12-09 2:09:27 PM  
Has anyone else mentioned that this is nowhere near CERN?
 
2009-12-09 2:09:51 PM  

wruley: One of the comments said we would all know what this was tomorrow...they promise. That just seems weird.


Peace Prize, Obama visiting Oslo, a mere 1,800 kilometers away, tomorrow.

What they want to say, is that somebody has a laser capable of projecting at an altitude of minimum 400 kilometers, which means that they plan to assassinate Obama tomorrow using a laser in the four gigawatt range.

/Fark, I can't even do crazy ramblings anymore...
 
2009-12-09 2:10:39 PM  
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2009-12-09 2:10:52 PM  

uberdose: Has anyone else mentioned that this is nowhere near CERN?


It's Europe. Pretty much the same neighborhood all over, isn't it?
 
2009-12-09 2:11:05 PM  

EricB: PedanticSimpleton, you really live up to that second half of your name. how the hell could perspective explain this? especially with dozens of pictures from every which angle?


Did you even care to check the locations and directions from where the pics were taken? All of the photos were taken hundreds of km South - Southwest, with he cameras pointing north. The rocket was launched far up north, travelling on a southern course, which is why all of the cameras roughly show a similar trajectory, despite the photo locations being hundreds of miles apart from each other. The rocket is miles high in the sky and covered hundreds of miles distance.

You can "Want to Believe" if you want, it'll keep the thread interesting. "The most likely explanation...", etc.
 
2009-12-09 2:11:37 PM  

enforcerpsu: I dunno...probably aperture science up to something. Black Mesa?


HA HA. FAT CHANCE.
 
2009-12-09 2:12:04 PM  
Too bad England just canceled their UFO investigations unit because of the economy. Oh wait is that called a coinkydink?

http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/4780534.UFO_investigation_unit_c​l​oses/ (new window)
 
2009-12-09 2:12:39 PM  

PedanticSimpleton: Farkwaddle: EricB: how could the blue cone be a rocket trail? ever see a rocket or contrail before? its thicker where it came from because it dissipates and spreads out, this one is thicker towards the white spiral, the destination.

That was my point too (see earlier post). Just watch a jet when it passes over your house sometime. Where is the narrowest end of the contrail?

Rockets fly a lot faster than jets. You're used to seeing contrails a few miles high from planes flying at subsonic speeds, hence a more a linear perspective of the trailing end being larger as it dissipates.

A rocket is flying...or thrusting...whatever...at something like 10-15,000mph at altitudes of like 60-80,000 feet. You'll cover a lot of distance very fast at those kinds of speeds. The trailing end may look visibly thinner, but it's so far away that it's hard to tell that it's actually dissipated. The blue contrail in the picture, from end to end, is probably a good 100 miles long


Let me repeat this. I. Have. Seen. A. Missile. Launch. I know both what an interceptor and a target look like in flight. I was in close range of the interceptor and far range of the target (sea-based), the target's signature looked similar to this image but both missiles had an unmistakable orange/white flare and broad contrails that got narrower as they got higher. The only expection was the burst of the next stage firing. These were high altitude missiles, so the intercept was not visible. I'm not saying that this isn't a missile test, I'm saying it simply does not resemble what I have seen. I'm sure different atmospheres cause different effects so who knows.
 
2009-12-09 2:13:31 PM  
Is is time to start all the Niribu hyp?
You see I told you there would be undeniable evidence, first there was the halo over Russia, next the fireball over South Africa, and now this. NIBIRU IS REAL SHEEPLE WAKE UP! On 2012 the anannaki are going to come and try to enslave and it will be the greatest test the human species has ever know.
 
2009-12-09 2:14:53 PM  
Project Flashlight Complete
 
2009-12-09 2:14:53 PM  

Weaver95: either someone was summoning yogg-sothtoth last night or it was someone testing a new light show technology. it really does look like something you'd see at a concert or something.


I was thinking "The Color Out of Space."
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
 
2009-12-09 2:15:39 PM  

uberdose: Has anyone else mentioned that this is nowhere near CERN?


Please uberdose, don't cloud this thread with logic and common sense arguments. Don't you understand the tinfoil hat crowd need encouragement once in a while or we'll lose them forever? Just let it be. Just. Let. It. Be.
 
2009-12-09 2:17:22 PM  
The only thing I see wrong with the "its a missile" thing is that the pattern is so symmetrical.
 
2009-12-09 2:17:28 PM  

Norad: I have no idea, I'm just talking out my ass like everyone else here.


+1 for honesty.

Can we get you to run for president?
 
2009-12-09 2:18:47 PM  
OMG!!! That star trek girl is hot.
 
2009-12-09 2:19:39 PM  
Less Sci more Fi! (please!)
 
2009-12-09 2:19:43 PM  

Farkwaddle: PedanticSimpleton: Farkwaddle: EricB: how could the blue cone be a rocket trail? ever see a rocket or contrail before? its thicker where it came from because it dissipates and spreads out, this one is thicker towards the white spiral, the destination.

That was my point too (see earlier post). Just watch a jet when it passes over your house sometime. Where is the narrowest end of the contrail?

Rockets fly a lot faster than jets. You're used to seeing contrails a few miles high from planes flying at subsonic speeds, hence a more a linear perspective of the trailing end being larger as it dissipates.

A rocket is flying...or thrusting...whatever...at something like 10-15,000mph at altitudes of like 60-80,000 feet. You'll cover a lot of distance very fast at those kinds of speeds. The trailing end may look visibly thinner, but it's so far away that it's hard to tell that it's actually dissipated. The blue contrail in the picture, from end to end, is probably a good 100 miles long

Let me repeat this. I. Have. Seen. A. Missile. Launch. I know both what an interceptor and a target look like in flight. I was in close range of the interceptor and far range of the target (sea-based), the target's signature looked similar to this image but both missiles had an unmistakable orange/white flare and broad contrails that got narrower as they got higher. The only expection was the burst of the next stage firing. These were high altitude missiles, so the intercept was not visible. I'm not saying that this isn't a missile test, I'm saying it simply does not resemble what I have seen. I'm sure different atmospheres cause different effects so who knows.


Yeah I agree, it definitely doesn't resemble all of the rocket tests i've seen either. All of the tests i've seen are first hand from California, or launched from other locations near the equator. The unique geographic location of this, being so far up north, might give some explanation to the weirdness of the appearance. Might be some new technology being tested...i don't buy it one bit that it was simply a Bulava rocket.
 
2009-12-09 2:20:08 PM  

Cornwell: wruley: One of the comments said we would all know what this was tomorrow...they promise. That just seems weird.

Peace Prize, Obama visiting Oslo, a mere 1,800 kilometers away, tomorrow.

What they want to say, is that somebody has a laser capable of projecting at an altitude of minimum 400 kilometers, which means that they plan to assassinate Obama tomorrow using a laser in the four gigawatt range.

/Fark, I can't even do crazy ramblings anymore...


I was thinking more like a plasma rifle in a 40 watt range.
 
2009-12-09 2:20:09 PM  
Well, on all the forums I've been on discussing this, there doesn't seem to be a universal debunking consensus. Even the rocket claims aren't being held by many.

Kinda freakin' my shiznit out.

/hopes the aliens are friendly
//or that I haven't sinned too badly
///or that black holes really do lead to another dimension and don't just destroy all life as we know it
////or that extra slashies give you more karma points?
 
2009-12-09 2:20:32 PM  

justanothersumguy: OMG!!! That star trek girl is hot.


THIS
 
2009-12-09 2:22:10 PM  
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We are on our way to your planet. We will be there shortly. But in this, our first contact with you, our "headline" is: We do not want your gravel.

We are coming to Earth, first of all, just to see if we can actually do it. Second, we hope to learn about you and your culture(s). Third-if we end up having some free time-we wouldn't mind taking a firsthand look at your almost ridiculously bountiful stores of gravel. But all we want to do is look.

You're probably wondering if we mean you harm. Good question! So you're going to like the answer, which is: We mean you no harm. Truth be told, there is a faction of us who want to completely annihilate you. But they're not in power right now. And a significant majority of us find their views abhorrent and almost even barbaric.

But, thanks to the fact that our government operates on a system very similar to your Earth democracy, we have to tolerate the views of this "loyal opposition," even while we hope that they never regain power, which they probably won't (if the current poll tracking numbers hold up).

By the way, if we do take any of your gravel, it's going to be such a small percentage of your massive gravel supply that you probably won't even notice it's gone.

You may be wondering how we know your language. We are aware that there's a theory on your planet that we (or other alien species from the far reaches of the galaxy) have been able to learn your language from your television transmissions. This is not the case, because most of us don't really watch TV. Most of our knowledge about your Earth TV comes from reading Zeitgeisty think pieces by our resident intellectuals, who watch it not for fun but for ideas for their print articles about how Earth TV holds a mirror up to Earth society, and so on. We mean, we'll watch Earth TV sometimes-if it happens to be on already-but, generally, we prefer to read a good book or revive the lost art of conversation.

Sadly, Earth TV is like a vast wasteland, as the Earthling Newton Minow once said. But, for those of you who can understand things only in TV terms, just think of us as being very similar to Mork from Ork, in that he was a friendly, non-gravel-wanting alien who visited Earth just to find out what was there, and not to harvest gravel.

Speaking of a vast wasteland, you might want to start picking out and clearing off a place for our spacecraft to land. Our spacecraft, as you will see shortly, is huge. Do not be alarmed; this does not mean that each one of us is that much bigger than each one of you. It's just that there were so many of us who wanted to come that we had to build a really huge spacecraft.

So, again, no cause for alarm.

(Full disclosure: each of us actually is much bigger than each of you, and there's nothing we can do about it. So please don't use any of your Earth-style discrimination against us. This is just how we are, and it's not our fault.)

Anyway, re our spacecraft: it's kind of gigantic. The deceleration thrusters alone are sort of, like . . . well, imagine four of your Vesuvius volcanoes (but bigger), turned upside down.

We don't want to hurt anyone, so, if you could just clear off one continent, we think we can keep unintended fatalities to a minimum. Australia would probably work. (But don't say Antarctica. Because we'd just melt it, and then you'd all end up underwater. Which would make it virtually impossible for us to learn about your hopes and your dreams, and your culture, and to harvest relatively small, sample-size amounts of your gravel, just for scientific study.)

A little bit about us: our males have two penises, while our females have only one. So, gender-wise, if you use simple math, we're pretty much identical to you.

And, as far as protocol goes, we're a pretty informal species. If you want to put together a welcoming ceremony with all your kings and queens and Presidents and Prime Ministers and leading gravel-owners, that's fine. But please don't feel like you have to.

Technically, it would be possible for us to share our space-travel technology with you, so that you could build a spacecraft and travel to our planet also. But, for right now, it just feels like it would be better if we came to your place.

Speaking of gravel, one thing we can't tell from our monitoring of Earth is how your gravel tastes. It's just something we're curious about, for no real reason. Is it salty? It looks salty.

Maybe you could form a commission of scientists/gravel-tasters to look into this and let us know. Just have them collect all the gravel you have and put it in one big pile. (There are some pretty big empty parts of Utah, New Mexico, and Russia that might be good spots for such a large gravel pile, but that's just an F.Y.I.)

Then, if you could have your top scientists/gravel-tasters go through this gravel pile, tasting each and every piece, that would be great. Also, if it's not too much of a hassle, have them put all the saltier-tasting pieces in a separate pile.

Anyway, that about wraps up this transmission! Looking forward to seeing you very soon. (Sorry we couldn't have given you more notice, but we didn't want you Earth people going crazy and looting stuff and having sex in the streets out of panic about losing all your delicious gravel, which is something that is definitely not going to happen, because, when it comes down to it, what is gravel really but just a bunch of baby rocks?)

Our E.T.A. on Earth is sometime in the next four hundred and fifty to five hundred years, which we know is a blink of an eye in your Earth time, so start getting ready! Let's have fun with this.

Yours,

A Species from a Galaxy You Haven't Even Noticed Yet

P.S.-We saw that you sent some people to your moon recently. Good job! But, just to let you know, don't waste your time with the moon. There's no gravel there. We already checked.
 
2009-12-09 2:22:41 PM  
Can't we all just agree this is clearly a mysterious and bizarre phenomenon from beyond the moon and leave it at that?
 
2009-12-09 2:22:54 PM  

Lenin: I've worked with high powered lasers before, and this type of thing wouldn't take much to reproduce. I believe this was something projected from the ground using air density and moisture to create a screen.

It's not that big a deal, people. One, it's visible, so we know it isn't a black hole, two, it's spinning on an inclinary orbit, so it's in the wrong hemisphere and three it's two dimensional.


So you've seen some laser pixels in your time....?
 
2009-12-09 2:23:01 PM  
 
2009-12-09 2:25:04 PM  
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/wanted for questioning
 
2009-12-09 2:25:17 PM  

MorrisBird: Tastes Like Chicken: wtf is it?

Don't put your lips on it.


Why don't you rub your face all over it!
 
2009-12-09 2:25:57 PM  
Similar rocket launch from 2006.

[image from members.cox.net too old to be available]

Link (new window)
 
2009-12-09 2:26:45 PM  
What if the Soviets were able to hit our Aurora aircraft on a recon mission? Don't the pulse engines we are rumored to have have a blue hue to them? It could have spiraled out of control until it blew up.

Just sayin'
 
2009-12-09 2:28:42 PM  
Russians, not Soviets. Jeez, it's been 20 years and I still refer to them as Soviets!
 
2009-12-09 2:29:31 PM  
GERT DEMMED RUSKIES!
 
2009-12-09 2:29:40 PM  

tbernot: What if the Soviets were able to hit our Aurora aircraft on a recon mission? Don't the pulse engines we are rumored to have have a blue hue to them? It could have spiraled out of control until it blew up.

Just sayin'


Or the Aurora pilot was attempting multiple barrel rolls in order to deflect the projectile.

/DO A BARREL ROLL!
 
2009-12-09 2:31:42 PM  

eekscarykat: Weaver95: either someone was summoning yogg-sothtoth last night or it was someone testing a new light show technology. it really does look like something you'd see at a concert or something.

I was thinking "The Colour Out of Space."
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.


FTFY
cool story
 
2009-12-09 2:31:44 PM  

tbernot: Russians, not Soviets. Jeez, it's been 20 years and I still refer to them as Soviets!


You wanna know how I know that you're old?
 
2009-12-09 2:32:59 PM  
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gorgor's hard drive exploded...
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/pretty blue lights, ooohhh....
 
2009-12-09 2:34:02 PM  

GinnyTonic: Star Trek thread!


I can be used for pon farr.
 
2009-12-09 2:34:06 PM  
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I'm overwhelmed by the possibilities, so instead of thinking about it, I propose mesmerism.
 
2009-12-09 2:34:10 PM  

How your teeth feel after a night of drinking: You've probably never seen a missile launch...


Living in Florida close enough to see the occasional vehicle go up from the cape I'd have to reply with "...and?".

Missiles? Depends on what your definition is. Still, what difference does it make? The patterns produced in the images and on the video aren't the result of an errant 10-12 minute missile gone awry that the launcher conveniently forget to self-destruct. I've never stood on the surface of the sun either...does that call into question what my opinion of the meaning of "hot" is?
 
2009-12-09 2:34:16 PM  

Cornwell: tbernot: Russians, not Soviets. Jeez, it's been 20 years and I still refer to them as Soviets!

You wanna know how I know that you're old?


Do tell!
 
2009-12-09 2:37:45 PM  
improvius

I'm pretty sure that's the only time the New Yorker has ever been funny.
 
2009-12-09 2:38:00 PM  
SWIRLY THING ALERT.
 
2009-12-09 2:38:18 PM  
 
2009-12-09 2:39:19 PM  

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Can't we all just agree this is clearly a mysterious and bizarre phenomenon from beyond the moon and leave it at that?


can't we at least politicize it?
 
2009-12-09 2:41:27 PM  
On a more personal note Beatrice, Edgar ran off with an old girlfriend. You're gonna go stay with your mom a couple nights. You're gonna get over it and decide you're better off.
 
2009-12-09 2:42:31 PM  

colon_pow: Contrabulous Flabtraption: Can't we all just agree this is clearly a mysterious and bizarre phenomenon from beyond the moon and leave it at that?

can't we at least politicize it?


If elected President, I will guarantee to get to the bottom of all swirly things. Be them big, small, blue or green; swirly things cannot be tolerated in this day and age!
/applause
//can I expect your support?
 
2009-12-09 2:43:51 PM  
It's the Strogg Invasion!!
 
2009-12-09 2:45:50 PM  
Don't worry, CERN has Gordon Freeman on this.
 
2009-12-09 2:45:55 PM  
everyone put on clean underwear.
let's put our best foot forward.
 
2009-12-09 2:46:02 PM  
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2009-12-09 2:49:26 PM  
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2009-12-09 2:49:44 PM  

proton: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein-Rosen_Bridge (new window)

or


Nope, that's an Annunciation. All the typical signs are there. The thing in the sky will be the Renaissance art "icon" for a portal to heaven, the little guys looking out of it are angels. The representation is of that period's meme of how the angels are able to announce the coming of Jesus and yet still be in heaven.

Instead of just hovering with wings over the shepherds as you'd see on a contemporary Christmas card, in that time they generally portrayed it as requiring some sort of circular opening into heaven, from which the angels shouted the Annunciation.

If you have a larger image than you posted, in the distance you'll see a guy with a dog pointing at the hole. That's the shepherd.
 
2009-12-09 2:52:14 PM  
So how long before someone writes a movie script using this?
 
2009-12-09 2:52:57 PM  
CheetahOlivetti, the thread is now complete.
 
2009-12-09 2:53:13 PM  
Welp. This is big. This'll fuel conspiracy theorys for the new century certainly.

Personally I dont think it was a rocket, to me it looks like this thing was coming out of the ground, but out of what? Projected onto what? Was this accidental, or intended, and if so, why?

So many questions!
 
2009-12-09 2:53:25 PM  
It was as if millions of geeks fapped at once
http://tinyurl.com/yhewyhg
(copy and paste, NSFW)
 
2009-12-09 2:54:43 PM  
Hoax
 
2009-12-09 2:55:03 PM  
CheetahOlivetti: LMAO
 
2009-12-09 2:55:07 PM  
CheetahOlivetti
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Wonder Twin powers....Activate!!
 
2009-12-09 2:55:21 PM  
right, don't stand there gawking.... like you have never seen god bloody gootseing you before
 
2009-12-09 2:56:20 PM  

Sleeping Monkey: Also, possibly the Sura Ionospheric Heating Facility


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Yep. That's it.
 
2009-12-09 2:56:23 PM  
CheetahOlivetti

NICE!
 
2009-12-09 2:57:16 PM  
Something extremely similar sighted over China back in April
(according to popular science)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixLE3iuszbU
 
2009-12-09 2:58:31 PM  
dammit Tesla, stop it already. Tunguska was impressive, happy now?
 
2009-12-09 2:59:12 PM  
Lived near Vandenberg AFB for a time. Saw some (and heard) spectacular launches - some successful, some failed, some aborted.

Spiral-like plumes are not uncommon.

Fired after dusk, an amazing light show appears in the sky as the rocket gets high enough above the planet to re-enter the sunlit area of the atmosphere.

The displays are HUGE. Even though I lived within 30 miles of Vandenberg, some of the most impressive plume trails I saw were while I was in Vegas and Phoenix - hundreds of miles away.

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2009-12-09 3:00:33 PM  

illseen: Something extremely similar sighted over China back in April
(according to popular science)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixLE3iuszbU


Um.

Holy shiat.

That is all.
 
2009-12-09 3:00:44 PM  

Savage Belief: gambitsgirl: MY SWEETIE! HAS HE RETURNED?

Yeah, but I think all that spinning made him look like an aging lesbian.


Or William Shatner.
 
2009-12-09 3:01:18 PM  
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2009-12-09 3:02:56 PM