In Greenwood, Indiana, a mysterious “strange alien light” beaming behind a cloud was captured on video and bewildered the netizens.
According to the man who captured the video, he was just cycling along Greenwood when he looked up and saw a strange light that looked like it’s dancing in the sky.
The video, which was originally uploaded on imgur and viewed 1.9 million times, sparked different reactions from the viewers.
Some reacted that this phenomenon is a work of extra terrestrials.
“WHAT THE F*** IT MUST BE ALIEN. I hope they are not testing us. I’m scared they might do something to harm us or destroy this earth,” commented Gabby P. on YouTube.
“Aliens. They’re picking up humans for their tests, once they see this on imgur OP is next,” said user name blanc1664.
But some believed that there is a scientific explanation to this.
“As a pilot for over 35 years I have seen this phenomena from above the clouds many times, it is ice crystals which form around the edge of fast moving clouds reflecting the sun as it comes and goes between higher clouds,” said Tony Rose.
“This is a known cloud phenomenon – just happens that the sunlight is catching it at the right angle to make it look like this,” believed username VengeanceOfSet.
NASA happened to have a video similar to the cyclist’s on their website along with an explanation of the phenomenon.
According to them, this hypothesis holds that a lightning discharge in a thundercloud can temporarily change the electric field above the cloud where charged ice crystals were reflecting sunlight.
“The new electric field quickly re-orients the geometric crystals to a new orientation that reflects sunlight differently. In other words, a lightning discharge can cause a sundog to jump. Soon, the old electric field may be restored, causing the ice crystals to return to their original orientation. To help this curious phenomenon become well studied, sky enthusiasts with similar jumping or dancing sundog videos are encouraged to share them,” they added.
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