Rodney Mclean is not a prolific YouTube poster. In fact he’s only ever put one piece of original footage on his video-streaming channel and it lasts just one second more than a minute. But it’s an undeniably intriguing film showing a truly weird cloud formation. And reposted on the Planet X News YouTube channel it’s netted over 140,000 views, and comments ranging from the baffled to the bizarre.
Judging by the quality, Mclean shot his video on a smartphone. The footage is dated October 31, 2019 and the location is reported to be a place called Tunapuna. It’s a town on the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago which lies just off the coast of Venezuela. No disrespect intended to the good townsfolk, but Tunapuna seems a distinctly unremarkable place. Although to be fair photos do show a lively and colorful covered market.
But what appeared in the sky above Tunapuna on that day at the end of October, at about 1:00 p.m., is anything but unremarkable. In the footage captured by Mclean we see a dark cloudy sky. But one cloud stands out in a startling way – it’s bright pink with hues of purple and burgundy. It also appears to have a hard edge, forming part of a circle.
An anomalous cloud in the sky such as this one above Tunapuna is like catnip to alien and UFO conspiracists. Predictably, they’ve wasted no time in expressing their views on various online forums. The Daily Star a British tabloid newspaper, quoted some online comments. “Could it be a big UFO with its force field activated?” one commenter asked. Another had no doubts, “Must be aliens.”
But not everyone was eager to attribute the strange cloud to an extraterrestrial visitation. One possible explanation was that the anomaly was actually a lenticular cloud, a well-explained although rarely sighted event. Another was that this could be an example of cloud iridescence. That’s caused by ice crystals or small drops of water reflecting sunlight to create optical anomalies. So, all in all, probably not aliens.