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This amazing light-show started as the spiraling green beam, then grew to fill the sky with the giant spiral. Whoah! First assumption was a Russian rocket test, but the Russians deny that they launched at that time. What's it look like to you? Another photo:
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There are plenty of sources, so it's verified, not a Photoshop job. Heck, there's even a video of the spiral forming.
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Thanks for the heads-up, normalcyispasse!