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Published on May 5, 2011
A mysterious spiral-shaped phenomenon in the skies above northern Norway was spotted on Wednesday morning.
The marvelous sight could be seen near the city of Tromsø.
Eyewitnesses describe it as if a shooting star were spinning around and around and spreading outwards with a bluish jet protruding to the side.
The sky spectacle lasted for about two minutes.
Locals of the northern region, who are accustomed to the aurora borealis, say they have never seen anything like it before.
Military analysts in Oslo suggested it was a failed Russian missile launch. Indeed, a test of Russia's new intercontinental missile took place in the White Sea that day, but Russia's Defense Ministry has not linked the two incidents.
"On Wednesday, a Bulava ballistic missile was test-fired from a nuclear submarine in the White Sea. The telemetry showed everything went well in the first two stages of the flight," Aleksey Kuznetsov, chief of the Russian Defense Ministry's press service told RT. "However, an engine problem developed in the third stage. An inquiry has begun into the cause of the fault. Previous test flights have had problems with the first stage of the missile."