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A weird piece of footage purportedly filmed in Brazil shows an eerie aerial anomaly that some have likened to an angel hovering in the sky. As is often the case with such fantastic scenes, the origins of the video are murky at best. It reportedly first appeared on a paranormal-themed Facebook page earlier this month billed only as simply a "strange sighting in Brazil" and subsequently wound up circulating on YouTube this week.
In the video, a puzzling white form, for lack of a better term, can be seen wafting through the sky amid some dark clouds. The oddity appears to change shape multiple times, occasionally resembling an angel with outstretched arms or a dragon flying through the air. Unfortunately, with little information concerning where and when the footage was filmed nor any insights from the witness, we're left simply to wonder what the anomaly could have been.
Crown flash is a rarely observed weather phenomenon involving "The brightening of a thunderhead crown followed by the appearance of aurora-like streamers emanating into the clear atmosphere". The current hypothesis for why the phenomenon occurs is that sunlight is reflecting off or refracting through tiny ice crystals above the crown of a cumulonimbus cloud. These ice crystals are aligned by the strong electro-magnetic effects around the cloud, so the effect may appear as a tall streamer, pillar of light, or resemble a massive flash of a searchlight / flashlight beam through the clouds. When the electro-magnetic field is disturbed by electrical charging or discharges (typically, lightning flashes) within the cloud, the ice crystals are re-orientated causing the light pattern to shift, at times very rapidly and appearing to 'dance' in a strikingly mechanical fashion.
It's a "crown flash" weather phenomenon.
Instead, the flapping wings and tail are clearly discernible, making it look like an enormous flying bird that retains its form in graceful, rhythmic movements (not like the sudden, random flashings of a crown flash.
In July of 1984, the Salyut 7 was on the 155th day of its mission and things were going in a routine fashion until there was a sudden transmission from cosmonauts Commander Oleg Atkov, Vladmir Solovyov, and Leonid Kizim in which they claimed that the space station had suddenly been surrounded by an oppressive, blinding orange light.
The crew of three aboard the Salyut 7 all then allegedly looked out of the portals to try and see what was causing this inexplicable brilliant glow.
At this point they would witness probably the last thing they had expected to see out there. There hovering in space in front of the space station were what the crew would describe as seven enormous winged humanoid beings estimated as being around 90 feet in height and with calm, smiling faces, and it was from these bizarre entities that the ethereal light was apparently emanating.
They were also claimed to exude a feeling of calm and peacefulness, and oddly the cosmonauts felt no fear during the encounter, merely wonderment. According to the witnesses, the colossal apparitions, which they described as “angels,” matched the speed of the space station, remaining in the same position for around 10 minutes before fading away.