reply to post by JimOberg
Yeah I know, just being sarcastic.
Not an easy question to answer.
How big is this Norway spiral, when estimating from the pictures?
Big enough to attract the attention of large numbers of people over a very large area. This would mean bigger than typical missile launches, when
viewed from several hundred miles distance.
From the pictures it looks to be about the size of the typical star burst in a fireworks display when view from about a block away.
From witness testimony and the pictures it looks larger than the moon in the sky.
If this thing looked like a large spring in the sky, I could buy the failed rocket claim, but it doesn't.
What we have learned, or what I have learned from this thread is that this spiral phenomenon has been seen numerous times before in China, and
Now if this is the result or some strange rocket program, then the Russians and the Chinese should have numerous videos of it.
Maybe it is some secret rocket program being worked on by the Chinese and the Russians, and that is the explanation for why it doesn't look like a
rocket failure, as we normally see on video and in pictures.
I vaguely remember watching a rock launch from about a hundred miles away, I think when I was in Diego Garcia. It was brighter than I thought it
would be, but still, just a glow on the horizon. I will have to watch the schedule for Vandenberg and schedule a family outing.
If this was the result of another failure of the Bulava rocket, and this was a scheduled launch, then there must be numerous videos of the launch, yet
none have made their way onto the internet.
Another question, exactly how far into the launch does the third stage ignite? Wouldn't the missile have made it out of the White Sea area before
the third stage was supposed to ignite?
Here is a video of a Trident failure which succeeds in making two 360ties before blowing up. Of course this failure is at launch, so the missile has
not gained any speed. I would think that a third stage failure wouldn't be capable of such a spiral when the rocket is moving close to hyperspeed,
or mach 5.
One thing I did observe, after looking more at the pictures, is that this spiral appears to be much larger in some pictures than in others, when
compared to objects in the foreground, and at different heights.