Mystery in the night sky over Norway

When I saw this a couple of days ago I figured it was a marketing gimmick for the Copenhagen conference or a Yea! Obama! thing by his campaign for the Peach Prize. I thought it very cool.

Turns out it might be a failed missile launch by the Russians.

I want to know what would make this kind of spiral! Stuff like this really fascinates me.

Here’s a Daily Mail UK link with a lot of pictures and a couple of videos.

Here’s a computer simulation of what must have happened: