When Australians looked up at the sky today, they probably had to do a double-take.
High up above them, a strange, bubble-like cloud ominously floated. Some thought UFOs were the only logical explanation:
— 3AW Melbourne (@3AW693) November 3, 2014
— Strange Sounds (@Strange_Sounds) November 3, 2014
Others thought the cloud’s appearance served as a warning:
— M McKenzie-Murray (@feed_the_chooks) November 3, 2014
But most people were just plain baffled:
What’s going on over Wonthaggi? pic.twitter.com/UZQXkvdgb2
— Cameron Thornton (@cammo_t) November 3, 2014
— JeremyAU (@JeremyNieuwoudt) November 3, 2014
— Melbourneer (@_Melbourneer_) November 3, 2014
Now you’re probably starting to wonder yourself: What is this thing?
Unfortunately, it’s not aliens, and it has nothing to do with the Bible. It’s a totally normal cloud formation known as a Fallstreak Hole. It happens when a cloud’s water droplets freeze into ice crystals, which then grow large enough to fall below the cloud layer. Aircraft passing through the sky can sometimes be responsible for creating the holes, as they help initiate the unusual freezing process behind them.
— Jenny Woolf (@jennywoolf) November 3, 2014
We still think aliens would’ve been cooler though.