- A mysterious whirlpool holes was pictured above Al Ain near the border of Oman
- Due to its rarity and strange appearance the holes are often attributed to UFOs
- Scientists quickly explained it is a 'fallstreak hole' or 'hole punch cloud'
United Arab Emirtaes (UAE) and Oman residents were mystified after what appeared to be a strange whirlpool hole appeared in the sky over the weekend.
Images shared on the inter-webs showed a large circular patch in the sky appearing as if somebody had punched a hole in the atmosphere.
PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android and read the best news about Nigeria
According to meteorologist Ebrahim Al Jarwan, who tweeted a video of the strange sight, the rare and beautiful phenomenon is a fallstreak hole or hole punch cloud.
Baffled users replied to the tweet with others claiming that it looked as if God had thrown a stone into a lake.
Others pondered whether the strange phenomenon had been caused by an extra terrestrial Unidentified Flying Object (UFO).
Meteorologists quickly cleared up the mystery with a scientific explanation of how the mysterious holes are formed.
According to the United States (US) National Weather Service (NWS), the fallstreak hole is a combination of amazing and rare cloud formation
They usually form in mid-to-high level clouds made up of super-cooled water droplets that is below 0°C but not yet frozen.
Therefore, aircraft punching through this cloud layer can cause air to expand and cool as it passes over the wings or propeller forming ice crystals.
Once the ice crystals are introduced, the water droplet quickly freeze, grow and start to fall.
A hole is then left behind, which will start to expand outward as neighboring droplets start to freeze.
Because of their strange appearance and rarity, they are often attributed to UFOs because they form as large circular gaps in cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds.
So it was just super-cool cloud formations.
Meanwhile Legit.ng previously reported that an image which looks suspiciously the popular image of Jesus was recently spotted in the sky.
The interesting figure was spotted in the sky by one Alfredo Lo Brutto at his home on Friday, March 1, 2019. Apparently, the sun had filtered through the clouds and the image appeared.
Alfredo was very fascinated by the sight that he took series of photos and shared them on social media.
HELLO! NAIJ.com (naija.ng) upgrades to Legit.ng We keep evolving to serve our readers better.
Image of Jesus Christ appears in Ikorodu Church | Legit TV