That would have been great timing for a UFO

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This is probably what it looks like when a rocket engine flies out of control. Photo by Jan Petter Jorgensen.

This morning in arctic Norway, onlookers were stunned when a gigantic luminous spiral formed in the northern sky. “We are used to seeing lots of auroras here in Norway, but this was different,” says Nick Banbury of Harstad who witnessed the phenomenon on his way to work “between 7:50 and 8:00 a.m. local time.” Onlooker Jan Petter Jorgensen took the photo you see above.

Wouldn’t it be great if a UFO showed up at the climate change conference in Copenhagen? Nothing like alien contact to make us all feel warm and cozy here on Spaceship Earth. UFOs often come in clusters, and they could take the show a little ways down south to Denmark. That would make an impression.

It’s fun to even have a reason to imagine that. Likely, a little taste of that vibe went through the crowd of politicos and environmental gurus -(many of whom know about the UFO coverup)- before the nature of this particular event was sorted out; or so we are told on Space.com.

Space is reporting “that circumstantial evidence is mounting that the phenomenon was caused by a malfunctioning rocket, possibly an ICBM launched from a Russian submarine.”

And its editors noted: A Navtex no-fly alert was issued for the White Sea on Dec. 9th, and photographers appear to have recorded the initial boost phase of a launch below the spiral (see inset). A rocket motor spinning out of control could indeed explain the spiral pattern, so this explanation seems plausible, although it has not yet been confirmed.

–Eric Francis with reporting from Space.com

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