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Footage: NASA creates 'alien' lights in Norway

Footage: NASA creates 'alien' lights in Norway

The Northern Lights were forecast to be weak over Norway Friday night, but two rockets launched by NASA created a much bigger show for hundreds of miles.

According to NASA, the gases used to create the artificial clouds are not harmful to people or life on the ground.

"We saw two orange dots rise into the sky and disappear", he shared.

Two Black Brant XI-A sounding rockets launched from the Andøya Space Center at 10:14 p.m. UTC. The tracers ionize when they are exposed to sunlight allowing researchers to "track the flow of neutral and charged particles".

However, Daily Mail reported that the lights were actually the result of an ongoing NASA experiment, called The Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment (AZURE).

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The Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment (AZURE) mission was conducted on April 5 from the Andøya Space Center in Norway, with the initial Black Brant XI sounding rocket launching at 6:14 p.m. EDT, and ascending to an altitude of 200 miles.

"The tracers will be released at altitudes 71 to 155 miles (114 to 250 kilometres) high and pose no hazard to residents in the region". "It looked like an alien attack", he added. According to the US space agency, the movement of the colorful clouds and their dispersion allowed scientists to observe the flow of particles in two key regions of the atmosphere.

"When unusual lights and colourful, expanding clouds appeared, I first did not have an explanation for", Michael Theusner, who captured a time-lapse of the footage while recording the Northern Lights, explained in the description of his YouTube video of the event. But those shimmering sheets of colored lights are the product of violent collisions between Earth's atmosphere and particles from the Sun. Understanding The Area Separating Earth And Outer Space AZURE is part of a larger effort called The Grand Challenge Initiative - Cusp, an worldwide collaboration of scientists that aims to study the ionosphere where the lines of the magnetic field bends and particles from Earth mixes with particles from outer space.

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, a rocket launch range in Virginia, tweeted: "The AZURE mission successfully launched back-to-back aboard two sounding rockets in Norway tonight".