Photos that have emerged of a bizarre cloud formation over Northern California are causing social media users to wonder: Is the truth out there?
The strange snapshots have popped up all across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and show a bright, unusual hole in the otherwise undisturbed clouds over Stockton on Friday afternoon.
Now curious-minded folks in California and around the globe are speculating about what caused the phenomenon and some say its weird appearance belies an even weirder cause.
‘So the @WhiteHouse wants you to believe what happened over the skies of Stockton yesterday was a “cloud formation” ? GTFOH #iKnowWhatiSaw,’ tweeted @CaPtDCharles.
Much of the speculation suggested that the bright cloud a UFO or somehow caused by extraterrestrial life.
However, there were plenty of other theories.
‘Stockton, interesting stuff happening there as always…weather manipulation much? hmm,’ tweeted @AceThePhantom.
@NGC postulated something a bit more cinematic:
‘Is that the wormhole from Donnie Darko?’ he wondered.
Where most of the photos appeared across the internet, posters identified the phenomenon as a hole punch cloud or Fallstreak hole.
A similar phenomenon in 2010 also caused rampant speculation.
CBS13 notes that such formations are common in many parts of the globe but are rarely seen in places as warm as Stockton.