Tanner Stransky
October 14, 2009 AT 01:50 PM EDT

Is it a bird? A plane? No — and it’s not Superman! It’s just…this freaky halo cloud over Moscow! The weird sky was captured on video. Check out the clip, which has been the buzz of the ‘net lately:

Apparently, a Moscow weather department spokesperson offered this as an explanation: “Several fronts have been passing through Moscow recently, there was an intrusion of the Arctic air too, the sun was shining from the west — this is how the effect was produced. This is purely an optical effect, although it does look impressive.” But…really?

As bizarre and Independence Day-esque the sky looks, it doesn’t appear that this is a doctored video, according to the somewhat-sparse news reports and comments on the YouTube page. But you never know.

Have you PopWatchers already seen this video? Did you do like me and watch it about five times over? What do you make of it? Real? Fake? Do we have anything to worry about? Should Hollywood directors use this as inspiration for their apocalypse flick?

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