Officials say these strange lights are red sprites!
I doubt it! Sprites are very short luminous sky events. As such it is almost impossible that thousands of people were able to report them over Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico on July 11, 2020. So what were they?
On Friday night, a strange phenomenon in the night sky baffled residents of Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, flooding Twitter with weird pictures of a red sky and 4 mysterious lights.
Foto de las luces observadas esta noche sobre Villahermosa.— K X V I N ❌ H E R R E R A (@mrkevinherrera) July 11, 2020
¿Serán los reyes magos? ¿Crisis en las Tierras Infinitas? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/zTnkUDjvUU
Officials say the group of red elongated lights in the sky, glowing as if it were sparks of fire were red sprites.
Cielo rojo en Tabasco esta noche con misteriosas luces. Algunos ya están en pleno con el augurio de un sismo u otros más osados, piensan en un asunto de nivel alienígena. ¿Ustedes que piensan? pic.twitter.com/RIx79HxNfc— Vladimir Pozo (@VladimirPozoC80) July 11, 2020
Red sprites are indeed very high-altitude phenomena (50–90 km (31–56 mi)). Moreover, they last from about 5ms to 300ms.
As shown in the video above, these weird lights lasted much longer and they seem to happen just a few hundred meters above the city. That’s no sprite for sure!
Moreover, I really doubt ‘bad’ mobile phone cameras are even able to catch a glimpse of such transient luminous events. Finally, I doubt that a bunch of non-professionnal astrophotographers were able to catch the same phenomena in the sky.
En Villahermosa Tabasco México reportaron luces en el cielo muy extrañas, definitivamente inusuales.— Fernando Correa (@Fercorreaastro) July 12, 2020
he recibido diversas fotos y reportes asi que lo voy a investigarreporte del periodista investigador Pacx Villamilhttps://t.co/S53qiZseIT#aprendeastronomia con @Fercorreaastro pic.twitter.com/mAWLBEdkCi
Finally, there were no thunderstorms when the lights appeared.
Since red sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that occur high above thunderstorm clouds or cumulonimbus, these mysterious 4 glowing lights and the red sky were triggered by something else.
People were also reporting the lights moving up and down and disappearing before reappearing in the night sky:
And what about the bloody sky? A sign of the incoming apocalypse?
Could it be a sign of the next big earthquake in the region?
So why this cover up? Did a portal to another dimension opened up over Villa Hermosa? Another sign of the apocalyptic times ahead? UFOs and other unknown spaceships have no scientific support, but in this case, they may be a better explanation than the official one. These are no sprites for sure!