Feb 28, 2015 I Paul Seaburn

Strange Pink Cloud Over Arizona Has Many Seeing Red

Can you imagine waking up early, looking out the window to see a giant pink cloud glowing overhead? Is it a UFO designed by stylish aliens? Hallucinations from the cotton candy ice cream you ate before bed? A chemtrail colored to keep the public from panicking? Something else?

At approximately 6:00 a.m. on February 25, residents of Arizona and New Mexico began posting pictures and videos on the Internet and calling local authorities and the media to report sightings of a strange pink, cloud-like object overhead. The numerous accounts were all similar to these:

Does anybody else see this cotton candy pink/purple cloud all alone in the sky this am?

This morning I saw a small hot pink glowing cloud in our clear skies. Any idea what it was?

The glow was bright pink against the dark sky and remained stationary for about 20 minutes before disappearing.

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The pink cloud beginning to fade

As usual, those early morning media personalities were bright and perky and quick to call government officials, the military and NASA for an explanation. The official comment they received and duly reported was that a Terrier Black Brant research rocket was launched at 5:30 a.m. from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and it was responsible for the cloud. White Sands spokesperson Cammy Montoya said this:

The research rocket when it’s launched releases a small quantity of vapor and when the sun starts to come up it reflects on crystallization in vapor reflects that colorful cloud. We don't really have a name for it.

Well, we do … let’s name it “suspicious.”

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A photo of the launch released by White Sands after questions arose about the pink cloud

Other White Sands officials admitted that the atmospheric-research payload was launched by the Defense Department to develop scientific explanations for ionospheric disturbances and their effects on modern technology. The vapor release was actually part of an experiment and no explanation was given of the contents of the “vapor.”

While officials claimed that the possibility of bright colored clouds was mentioned before the launch, few if any residents recalled hearing about it.

What was in the pink ‘vapor’? Why is the Defense Department planning ahead to explain ionospheric disturbances and their effects on technology? What are these ionospheric disturbances and what would cause them? HAARP?

Until these questions are answered, the name of that pink cloud will continue to be “Suspicious.”

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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