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These breathtaking Australian cloud formations are sending the Internet into a spin

A passenger captured a stunning cloud formation during a flight over the Great Australian Bight this week.

Virgin Australia posted the passenger’s shots to its Facebook page, where some users appreciated it as a natural phenomenon and others saw something more sinister.

As reported in The Sydney Morning Herald, Neil Bennet of the WA Bureau of Meteorology said that the clouds were “wave clouds”. They are caused when air hits an obstruction such as a mountain or hill, forcing the air up and over it.

At least that’s what THEY want you to believe, say others.

According to the conspiracy theorists, these pictures are clear evidence of Virgin Airlines being involved with “chemtrails”, which is the sinister practice of leaving spooky chemicals in the air.

But why would they do this? Grab your tinfoil hats, people. We’re going down the rabbit hole and taking the red pill.

Morpheus from the Matrix

What if I told you conspiracy theories are BS.

Chemtrail conspiracy theories first appeared around the late 1990s after the United States Air Force (USAF) published a report about weather modification.

Theories were then posted to the internet, which detailed the spraying of mysterious substances upon the unsuspecting population.

According to believers, chemtrails may be used for more than just weather modification. They say that these chemicals may also provide the government with a means of population reduction and psychological control.

So is there any truth to it?

The persistent answer from the scientific community has been a resounding “No”.

In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) once again reminded the public that the chemtrails aren’t real. In support of its claim, the agency added a new notice to its website and links to a fact sheet, explaining that trails left by jets are just ice particles.

Freud has been quoted as saying that “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”. He was talking about dreams and the subconscious.

Conspiracy theorists aren’t too different from regular people. Most likely – as noted by professional skeptic Brian Dunning – they just have an inflated sense of danger. They perceive threats where they don’t exist and piece together so-called “facts” in order to construct a narrative. In other words, they might have an overactive subconscious.

So enjoy the pictures for what they are – a natural phenomenon.

Because sometimes a cloud is just a cloud.

About the author

Stefan is an Adelaide-based freelance writer. In his spare time, he plays tennis badly, collects vinyl and brushes up on his Mandarin. Follow Stefan on Twitter

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