Monday, October 26, 2009


In a scene eerily reminiscent of a scene from alien-invasion film Independence Day, a luminous ring-shaped cloud was spotted hovering over Moscow last week. Awestruck Muscovites captured on film the pale gold 'halo' that took up position over the city's Western District on Wednesday. However, local meteorologists rejected any theories of the supernatural, calling it an optical effect. "Several fronts have been passing through Moscow recently, there was an intrusion of the Arctic air too, the sun was shining from the west – this is how the effect was produced," said a local meteorologist. "This is purely an optical effect, although it does look impressive. If you look closer, you can see sun rays coming through that cloud. Most likely, the sun was setting when the video was being made," he added. Some environmentalists blamed pollution for the cloud, but weathermen were quick to reject the idea. "The phenomenon has nothing to do with industrial emissions," said one. "They could not produce such an effect against the background of the current weather conditions." "If something happens, there is the smog effect, but it appears only when the weather is quiet for a long time. The wind in Moscow has been quite strong recently."

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