Up in the frigid skies of northern Norway, residents witnessed a unique light show, one that had never before displayed in their evening skies. The official story has been confirmed as a Russian missile gone awry when tested fired from the Dmitry Donskoy submarine in the White Sea early on Wednesday, failing at the third stage.
This emerged despite earlier reports denying a missile launch yesterday. Even early today there was no formal confirmation from the Russian Defence Ministry.
The light appears to be unconnected with the aurora borealis, or northern lights, the natural magnetic phenomena that can often be viewed in that part of the world.
The mystery began when a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain in the north of the country. It stopped mid-air, then began to move in circles. Within seconds a giant spiral had covered the entire sky.
I don’t know. How does a malfunctioned piece of ballistics cause a spiral to appear in the sky with another blue spiral light emanating from the center of it? Even when considering the official story, the conformed geometry of the pattern seems to be too precise for the aftermath of a failed launch attempt. Watch video of the light show here to see what I mean.
Tromso Geophysical Observatory researcher Truls Lynne Hansen agreed, saying the missile had likely veered out of control and exploded, and the spiral was light reflecting on the leaking fuel.
But last night Russia denied it had been conducting missile tests in the area.
A Moscow news outlet quoted the Russian Navy as denying any rocket launches from the White Sea area.
Norway should be informed of such launches under international agreements, it was stressed.
However this morning media reports claimed a missile had indeed been launched from the White Sea. Test firings are usually made from the White Sea, close to the Norwegian Arctic region.
Kommersant newspaper reported today that a test-firing before dawn on Wednesday coincided with the light show in the northern sky.