Gralien Report correspondent Christopher McCollum sent this video along of a strange circular cloud formation filmed over Russia:

A strange venticular or polar stratospheric cloud? Or, as one YouTube user suggests, is it “another silver iodide experiment from the Russian government to kill? the clouds?” Strange indeed, and it looks more like a scene from a science fiction film than natural phenomenon, whatever it may actually be.

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2 Replies to “Strange “Alien” Cloud Formation over Russia

  1. YIKES! It’s like a clip taken out of ‘Independence Day’ @_@

    PS: Be sure to read Greg Bishop’s new post @ UFO Mystic, where he discusses the role of UFO’s as “agents of deconstruction”. He seems to be exploring very interesting ideas about the impact of the trickster behavior of the phenomenon on us.

  2. Thanks RPJ! I’ll be sure to take a look at what Old Greg has to say…

    And on that note, maybe the tricksters met, had a convention, and ate too many beans. Thus, the jet-propelled result of their consumption of musical fruits may have lifted into what comedian Steve Martin used to describe as “the fart zone”, culminating in the single, sudden, circular formation we see in the Russian video.

    Hmm… this theory might be even stranger than the cloud itself, eh? 😛


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