A rainbow-like halo surrounded the sun over Mexico City on Thursday, an optical phenomenon that triggered a social media frenzy of pictures and jokes about the end of the world.
“I have gotten almost 30 telephone calls from individuals who are terrified and imagine that its an awful sign, others think it implies it will rain more than anticipated,” the organizer of the National Weather Service, Juan Manuel Caballero, told AFP.
“I’ve needed to rehash a few times: ‘No, it doesn’t hurt in the event that you don’t take a gander at it specifically,” Caballero moaned.
But his science-based reassurances had no effect on many Chilangos — as the capital’s residents are known — who had a field day on social media.
“The outsiders have at last arrived! Set up the sandwiches for the trek!” somebody composed on Facebook.
Others quipped that it was a government conspiracy to blind voters ahead of June 7 mid-term polls, with one Twitter user saying: “A sun corona days before races. Fortuitous event? I don’t trust it.”
Scientists have a better explanation: Sun halos happen when sunlight passes through ice crystals, bending the light and creating the colorful ring.
“It’s extremely normal. The thing is that individuals never gaze upward,” Caballero said.