No, it's not a time lapse photo. Right there is exactly what they saw hanging in the sky one December evening in Norway. Can you imagine looking out of your window and seeing that shit in the sky? You'd assume you and everyone you know was about to be sucked into another dimension.
It started as a blue streak emerging from the horizon, which then left that spiral behind before it slowly faded.
It turned out it was the vapor trail of a failed Russian missile test, a Bulava missile fired from a submarine. When they go wrong, they do this:
Here are different shots of the event, and pretty much all of them look equally like a Pink Floyd laser light show.
Hey, a guy with a tiny wife! And he appears to be dribbling her like a basketball! Truly an image like that is too awesome to be true.
Well, sort of. This is one of those forced perspective tricks, the same method by which most movies make actors appear to be bigger or smaller than they really are (including the hobbits in the Lord of the Rings movies). It's all about tricking your depth perception: