The famous aurora borealis (aka the northern lights) phenomenon occurs very often in Alaska. In fact, the American state is one of the best places in the entire world where someone can admire the northern lights. However, nature often has its unwritten laws, and it has recently proven it once again.
The northern lights manifesting on the night sky as a spiral that resembles a galaxy is indeed something that you can’t wrap your head around. Surprisingly, that’s exactly what Alaska residents witnessed for a few minutes. According to the AP News, the cause of the odd phenomenon was represented by excess fuel coming from a SpaceX rocket that launched a few hours earlier.
No, there are no aliens… yet.
The odd spiral-shaped phenomenon appearing in the middle of the northern lights over Alaska don’t represent some kind of wormhole created by a super-advanced alien civilization trying to conquer us or give us candies. It’s also not a time portal created by humans of the future, as in the Terminator movies. All those sci-fi enthusiasts will simply have to face the facts. The phenomenon is completely explainable, and you know what they say: you live and you learn.
A "mysterious spiral" that looked like a hazy, glowing galaxy was seen hovering in Alaska's northern lights. https://t.co/FWWDpsgKkU
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 18, 2023
Don Hampton, a space physicist and a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, explained as AP News quotes:
When they do that at high altitudes, that fuel turns into ice,
And if it happens to be in the sunlight, when you’re in the darkness on the ground, you can see it as a sort of big cloud, and sometimes it’s swirly.
Surely there will even be some people saying that what if the unusual phenomenon has both an explainable origin and it’s also the portal of an alien civilization simultaneously? Well, you know what they say: you can’t have your cake and eat it too.