Earlier this morning, a mysterious sight was seen in the skies over Northern Norway. While to me it looks like a mad scientist’s death ray, NRK (Norway’s national news channel) is reporting that it may have been caused by a missile fired from a Russian submarine in the White Sea spiralling out of control. Russia, of course, denies everything. From Nick Banbury, a witness at the scene:
We are used to seeing lots of auroras here in Arctic Norway, but on my way to work this morning I saw something completely unexpected. Between 7:50 and 8:00 a.m. local time, there was a strange light in the sky. It consisted initially of a green beam of light similar in colour to the aurora with a mysterious rotating spiral at one end. This spiral then got bigger and bigger until it turned into a huge halo in the sky with the green beam extending down to the earth.
A possible explanation is here, and some more shots are after the jump.