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Iridescent cloud over China sparks conspiracy theories

By T.K. Randall
September 12, 2022 · Comment icon 8 comments

This unusual phenomenon is nothing if not spectacular. Image Credit: Jiaqi Sun / NASA / Facebook
An explanation for this remarkable meteorological phenomenon was shared online by NASA - but not everyone was convinced.
Resembling a bright multi-colored halo of iridescence nestled in a formation of dark clouds, it's not difficult to see why this impressive spectacle has been drawing quite a bit of attention on social media.

It was spotted over China's Yunnan Province back on September 6th.

An image of the phenomenon captured by Jiaqi Sun was shared on Facebook as NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day".

"Behind this darker cloud, is a pileus iridescent cloud, a group of water droplets that have a uniformly similar size and so together diffract different colors of sunlight by different amounts," NASA wrote.
"The formation of a rare pileus cloud capping a common cumulus cloud is an indication that the lower cloud is expanding upward and might well develop into a storm."

While this would seem to put the matter to bed, several social media users commented on the picture to claim that there was something suspicious about such a perfect (and unusual) cloud formation.

This led to a flurry to conspiracy theories, with some arguing that the cloud was a UFO, while others believed it to be evidence of secret government testing or geo-engineering projects.

Suffice to say, however, that NASA's explanation for the spectacle is by far the most likely.

Source: American Military News | Comments (8)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by glorybebe 13 days ago
It's beautiful. Nature has a way to produce phenomenal instances and so many are in the air. That being said, it would be cool if it was proof a UFO
Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd 13 days ago
That cloud is nice, but it's not the UFO. This is the UFO:
Comment icon #3 Posted by glorybebe 13 days ago
That is pretty cool!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Dreamer screamer 13 days ago
Nature? doubt it. I am thinking HARRP!!
Comment icon #5 Posted by acute 13 days ago
UFO. ET's. 'Greys' probably. It's not complicated.
Comment icon #6 Posted by and-then 11 days ago
I thought that program was closed but it isn't. Even when it does close, the conspiracy theories will live on in perpetuity
Comment icon #7 Posted by Socio 10 days ago
I remember reading something about China doing some kind of cloud seeding to create artificial rain. Perhaps this has something to do with that.
Comment icon #8 Posted by NCC1701 8 days ago
It is the result of chemtrails, in China they call that cloudseeding.

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