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Iridescent cloud over China sparks conspiracy theories

By T.K. Randall
September 12, 2022 · Comment icon 12 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 (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by glorybebe 2 years ago
That is pretty cool! 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Dreamer screamer 2 years ago
Nature?   doubt it.   I am thinking HARRP!!
Comment icon #5 Posted by acute 2 years ago
UFO.  ET's.  'Greys' probably. It's not complicated. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by and-then 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
It is the result of chemtrails, in China they call that cloudseeding.
Comment icon #9 Posted by turtleinawholeshell 1 year ago
Ive seen similar looking cloud forms growing up in Kansas. Sans rainbow color but that's just a matter of light and density. Unusual as it seems, there being a mountain and similar shapes Id lean towards natural occurrence. beautiful though
Comment icon #10 Posted by turtleinawholeshell 1 year ago
Do you have information when and where that photo comes from?
Comment icon #11 Posted by glorybebe 1 year ago
No, I was commenting on another post
Comment icon #12 Posted by Abramelin 1 year ago

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