A pilot was recently left stunned while flying over the Atlantic after noticing a strange red glow in the sky.
This is exactly why we ask for a window seat, in case something cool happens while we’re flying and we’ve got to lean over randomers to see it.
Don’t get us wrong, even if we did get stuck with the middle seat we’d be leaning over to see what these flight passengers witnessed.
Pictures of the sublime sighting were shared on Reddit, along with the caption: “Mysterious red glow seen over the Atlantic, pilot says he’s never seen anything like it. Via July 2022.”
People naturally weighed in with what they thought the strange sighting might be, with one suggesting: “It’s so hot the ocean is getting wildfires now.”
While others said: “Maybe fishing vessels have never clustered so much to concentrate so much light? Three possible scenarios. 1. Fish populations down to small concentrations. 2. Chinese fishing boats have fished out the Pacific and are now factory fishing in Atlantic. 3. Atlantic based fishing boats have adopted China’s factory fishing strategy. None of these are good outcomes. Good luck to those fish.”
A third said: “I thought it might’ve been the Spain fires” to which another promptly reminded them – it was seen over the Atlantic.
But believe it or not, this isn’t the first time the phenomenon has been spotted as in late August 2014, a flight from Hong Kong to Anchorage witness a similar phenomenon.
The flight was over Alaska when a passenger explained, as reported on JPC Van Heijst: “Suddenly, a long way off in the distance ahead, an intense light flash shot up from the ground, just at or beyond the horizon.
“It looked like a lightning bolt in a faraway thunderstorm, but a lot more intense and of a much shorter duration, as though something had exploded.
“I have seen countless thunderstorms, shooting stars, lightning bolts and stars but never a flash like this. And strangely enough, it was just one single flash, and we did not see any other flashes afterwards, which would be expected with a thunderstorm.”
About 20 minutes later, the passenger notices a ‘deep red/orange glow,’ which seems almost identical to the one spotted just days ago.
The possible explanations, again, range from a fishing fleet, bioluminescent algae, or even military activity.
While it is yet to be confirmed what the glowing red lights are exactly, it’s certainly a sight to behold and we’re definitely sticking to the window seat for our next flight.
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