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This article was published on December 10, 2009


    Unbelievable Spiral UFO puts Norway in a spin

    Unbelievable Spiral UFO puts Norway in a spin
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    Theories ranging from a misfired Russian missile, meteor fireball, never-before-seen type of northern light, ‘black hole’ and even alien activity were all proposed.

    Witnesses across Norway, who first glimpsed the space show at 8.45am, all described seeing a spinning ‘Catherine wheel-style’ spiral of white light, centred around a bright moon-like star.

    A blue “streaming tail” appeared to anchor the spiral to earth, before the light “exploded” into a rotating ring of white fire.

    Phenomenon ... unexplained sighting
    Phenomenon … unexplained sighting
    Jan Petter Jørgensen / Rex Features

    The spiral spectacle — which lasted for two minutes — was seen by vast swathes of the Scandinavian country’s almost five million population, with sightings as far north as Finnmark to Trondelag in the south.

    Totto Eriksen, from Tromso, in northern Norway, was one of the thousands who bombarded Norwegian newspapers with sightings — after nearly crashing his car on spotting the spiral overhead.

    He said: “I was driving my daughter to school when this light spun and exploded in the sky.

    “We saw it from the Inner Harbour in Tromso. It looked like a rocket that spun around and around – and then went diagonally across the heavens.

    “It looked like the moon was coming over the mountain – but then turned into something totally different.

    Blue tail ... stunned Norwegians
    Blue tail … stunned Norwegians
    Jan Petter Jørgensen / Rex Features

    “People just stopped and stared on the pier – it was like something from a Hollywood movie.”

    Axel Berg, from Alta, also in the north of the country, added: “It was like a giant spiral – a shooting star that spun around and around.

    “I initially thought it was a projector but then the ‘tail light’ left and the spiral remained spinning still.”

    Norway’s most celebrated astronomer, Knut Jorgen Roed Odegaard, said he had never seen anything like the spiral before.

    Mystery ... missile theory