TikToker @neshahiggins posted a clip of a pretty damn realistic looking disc in the sky among the clouds, and the video went viral.
Honestly, I think I’m losing count of the number of apparent ‘UFO sightings’ reported on the internet this year… aliens really need to get better at hiding themselves, to be honest.
What the f**k is that?” the TikToker asked.
Her viewers were totally freaking out too, with one person commenting: “Y’all can say it’s not real or not, clouds etc but when those ufo really start showing it’s finally over (crying face emoji) they coming closer and closer.”
“STAAAAPPP!!! This not cool!” a second demanded.
Another wrote: “Well s**t its finally happening.”
“Those clouds are notorious for being described as UFOs,” Krystle said. “They have a smooth, oval flying-saucer-shaped look. They can be singular or stacked like pancakes. If you google lenticular clouds you’ll see other photos and see what I mean.”
While they’re not the most common cloud formations in the world, Arizona has conditions that are perfect for helping them form.
According to weather.gov, these clouds form when “relatively stable, fast-moving air is forced up and over a topographic barrier.”
That means we get to see them even in the summer as our Monsoon weather rolls through.
Another Twitter user went viral after jokingly tagging the video in a tweet, writing: “@JordanPeele’s Marketing is always top tier #NopeMovie.”
The upcoming film is set to star Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun, with the synopsis reading: “Caretakers at a California horse ranch encounter a mysterious force that affects human and animal behaviour.”
The acclaimed director also, rather brilliantly, responded to the viral TikTok and confirmed that he had nothing to do with it.
“That one’s not mine,” he wrote.
IMAX got involved with the fun too, tweeting: “We told them to come down to Earth NEXT Friday, not this Friday.”
Notably, there’s always going to be non-believers in the comments who said that the initial TikTok of the ‘UFO sighting’ was merely a lenticular cloud.
Lenticular clouds are notoriously known for looking like UFOs and people always like to get ahead of themselves.
As explained by Deborah Byrd of earth sky.org: “These lens-shaped clouds typically form where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains.
“When this happens, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the mountain’s downwind side. If the temperature at the crest of the wave drops to the dew point, moisture in the air may condense to form lenticular clouds.”
She added: “As the moist air moves back down into the trough of the wave, the cloud may evaporate back into vapour. So lenticular clouds can appear and disappear relatively quickly. Plus they’re not familiar to people who live in low-lying or flat terrain.