A strange cloud phenomenon was spotted above Costa Rica on September 15th 2015 at about 3.00 pm local time.
The spectacular iridescent multi-hued cloud appeared in the sky during the country’s Independence Day, with many residents taking to social media with photographs and video’s of the mysterious spectacle. (Scroll down to view video).
UFO sightings ask: We may wonder whether this strange cloud is just a natural phenomenon or a so-called earthquake light or there’s more than our eyes can see?
Earthquake lights are reported to appear while an earthquake is occurring, although there are reports of lights before or after earthquakes.
They are reported to have different shapes with a white to bluish hue, but occasionally they have been reported having a wider color spectrum.
The luminosity is reported to be visible for several seconds, but has also been reported to last for tens of minutes.
A different explanation involves intense electric fields created piezoelectrically by tectonic movements.
Another possible explanation is local disruption of the Earth’s magnetic field and/or ionosphere in the region of tectonic stress, resulting in the observed glow effects either from ionospheric radiative recombination at lower altitudes and greater atmospheric pressure.
ABC news reports:
Resident Joey Petit told ABC News today that he and his family were at the playground in Escazu for an Independence Day festival when his 11-year-old son, Ariel Joseph Petit first noticed the strange cloud.
“He immediately grabbed the camera and started taking video and photos,” he said. “We were just so amazed. We had no idea what it was and we’d never seen anything like it.”
Another Escazu resident, Jessie Montealegre, said she was also was amazed by the sky phenomenon. “It was breathtaking,” she said. “It’s like a sign of God.”
Though users on social media have various theories on what caused the light formation, including aliens or UFOs, experts said the stunning view was caused by a rare weather phenomenon called “cloud iridescence.”
The colorful luminescence is caused by the sun’s light being refracted by water droplets and ice crystals in the cloud, said, Eladio Solano, a meteorologist with Costa Rica’s National Meteorological Institute, according to Costa Rica media outlet Teletica News.
The phenomenon produced a similar sky spectacle in South Carolina last month that was dubbed a “fire rainbow.”