Monday, July 29, 2013

Unearthly Spirals in the Sky?

Some of the strangest things you'll ever see in the sky are not necessarily UFO's.

Just do a Google image-search on the term Norway sky spiralor just sky spiral and you’ll get tons of photos from the Dec. 9, 2009 event seen by hundreds in the sky over Norway. Oh, and by the way, you may end up on some very strange websites... so be warned.

As unbelievably strange and Photoshopped as those images seem – that’s exactly what these events look like. What you are seeing is not cumulative time-smeared imagery, these portray immediate "snapshots" of the effect of a moment's glance at the sky....

I can say so, because I have seen one myself.

And as I said above, that's exactly what they look like. The night was Aug.12, 1986 and I was doing one of my annual public Stargazing presentations for the South Park Nature Program...  It was the night of the Perseid Meteor shower and we had 25 witnesses at our event, including John Doyle, the park naturalist. Of course, being the night of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, many hundreds of folks all over the eastern United States were already watching the sky that night and saw the (8/12/1986) event also. 

- For full details of that event, see this excellent article by 

author of several  fascinating histories of the American and Russian space programs...  


Sorry, UFO / Conspiracy enthusiasts,  there are few if any unknowns here...

1.) A rocket is launched to insert a satellite into orbit...

2.) Upon the rocket reaching orbital speed and altitude, its payload is released into orbit.

3.) Either if successful in it's attempt to achieve #2., or not, the booster's remaining fuel is released ("vented") at a specific moment with the intent of slowing the booster and thereby causing the booster to drop out of orbit and fall harmlessly into the ocean.

4.) As the fuel is released (un-ignited) and with guidance systems and stabilizing jets no longer effective, the booster spins wildly as the fuel sprays out into the vacuum of space. The rarified vapor from the fuel expands exponentially and disperses in a cloud which rapidly spreads over an area of literally dozens (hundreds?) of miles and it's of such an altitude that, if the timing is right, its effects can be seen illuminated by the Sun's light although the area on the ground below from which it's being observed may already have been rolled over into the Earth's shadow (nighttime) for several hours. 

If this had happened against a sunlit sky over the daylight side of the Earth (or much later at night and therefore completely within the Earth's shadow) the event would have been invisible.
(c) 2013 Eric Canali 
ADDENDUM   re the 2009 Norway event, from:
“ UPDATE ( Dec. 10. 2009):

    Russia has finally admitted a missile accident with the Bulava ICBM. 
This rocket already has failed six of 13 previous tests, according to the BBC, 
so Russia might have been a little embarrassed about it.
    In what seems to confirm a rocket launch, yesterday, 

a message from NAVTEX was issued message warning airplanes not to fly, 
and ships not to sail in that area :
          ZCZC FA79
          031230 UTC DEC 09
          1.ROCKET LAUNCHING 2300 07 DEC TO 0600 08 DEC
          09 DC 0200 TO 0900 10 DEC 0100 TO 0900