“Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.”
I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like this, and I’ve been a weather and stargazing geek since I was a little kid (I used to draw national weather maps for fun. I’m not kidding). This strange spiral phenomenon was seen over northern Norway and, this far, the experts are a bit baffled. The most popular explanation right now is that sunlight reflected off of fuel leaking from a Russian missile, which went awry and exploded during a test launch.
I suppose I could buy that, or I can at least imagine how a missile flying a corkscrew course could cause a net spiral like that. The reflecting sunlight (yes, sunlight) seems less plausible, but I don’t know enough about local day/night conditions that far north to know for sure if it’s a good explanation.
The Russians are denying they launched any missiles, but I wouldn’t put much stock in that. If they admitted they had done a test launch, they’d also have to admit that they didn’t notify the Norwegians about it, which would be a serious diplomatic faux pas.
Of course, I can’t help but notice that pretty much the entire nation of Norway was just subjected to a swirly hypno-disk that emanated from the general area of Russia. If that doesn’t positively stink of SPECTRE involvement, then I don’t know my evil masterminds. Perhaps Blofeld didn’t die after all.
Then again, it could just be the routine sort of things that the MIBs handle all the time and they just haven’t gotten around to flashy-thingying me yet.