“Mysterious Light Display Leaves Norwegians and Astronomers Puzzled” (Dick Whyte)



………………..new moon—
………………..searching for UFOs
………………..on YouTube





“Mysterious Light Display Leaves Norwegians and Astronomers Puzzled” (PopSci)

“Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway” (Daily Mail)


Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet. Thanks to Aaron Hilton for bringing this article to my attention.




  1. Chen-ou Liu

    Dick, the juxtaposed images set the tone for the poem and carry multiple meanings, one of which is the youtubization of imagination.

    Nicely penned.


  2. Laryalee

    Love the modern (or should I say modem?) connection here, Dick! And what a fascinating story…I’m glad they figured out what caused it!

  3. Dick Whyte

    Thanks for the lovely comments all. Chen-ou, yes, that is one side of the poem – the reliance on YouTube, but also the way information is freer now. So there is always two faces (janus faced): the good and the bad, as it were. The yin and the yang.

    Lary – LOL. I love it. Modem poetry!!!! Did they really figure out what caused it?? I thought they gave some inconclusive ideas about what it could have been, none of which really satisfy the beauty of the phenomena?? But I could be wrong…


  4. Chris White

    One thing I find really interesting about this piece is its clear use of contemporary and technological culture. It provides the piece with a sense of place in a historic context that’s often absent from haiku. I don’t think the general absence is necessarily a bad thing, but I just think that in this case the haiku stands out, and is made better, by explicitly engaging with the contemporary world.

    On the article itself – WHAT AN AMAZING ANOMALY!

    I think the article it was pretty inconclusive. Apparently a Russian missile test happened nearby that morning, but nobody seemed to say they knew with any certainty it was the cause. There was a fairly meager attempt at showing the way such a pattern might’ve been caused by fuel leaking from the spiralling missile… I think it was more by way of sweeping the issue under the carpet that the explanation was accepted, rather than that any real investigation took place. (One astronomer stated he’d never seen anything like it, and couldn’t think of an explanation). I don’t think many scientists, or governments, have the motivation or time to check out this sort of thing in any great detail.

    Have you ever heard of the Hessdalen phenomenon? Its another bizarre light anomaly which takes place in Hessdalen – Norway – quite frequently. It’s well-known to the scientific world and has never been explained (a bit like ball lightning).

  5. Laryalee

    Dick, maybe you’re right…and Chris raises some good points.
    Actually, Googling more and reading the comments is great entertainment…some even blame the Hadron Collider! But once I saw the similar video from China back in April, I was convinced it was a rocket failure.
    And isn’t it strange how the videos are all fuzzy, but somehow that clear-as-a-bell photo emerges…?

  6. Janet

    enjoyed the article, enjoyed the poem and its multiple meanings.

  7. Dick Whyte

    Chris – thanks man – yeah, I am interested in using modern terms, but in a way that makes them like anything else. I hope YouTube appears in the poem as the sky would, or a tree. It is a part of my natural surroundings. Yeah, it is an OUT THERE anomaly. And I don’t buy for a second that it was the missile test. Although – I am interested in the video from China that Lary mentioned.

    Lary – you got a link for the footage from China, I would love to see it. And yeah, I found it weird as well. The photos almost look like photoshop they are so clear and perfect.

    Janet – thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it.

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