by David Bowers (jar2.com)
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. More...Mystery solved? Norway's spiral light display 'was down to a failed Russian Bulava missile test' Then a green-blue beam of light shot out from its centre - lasting for ten to 12 minutes before disappearing completely. Onlookers describing it as 'like a big fireball that went around, with a great light around it' and 'a shooting star that spun around and around'. Yesterday a Norwegian defense spokesman said the display was most likely from a failed Russian test launch.