2015 continues to be a banner year for UFO sightings, and Mexico has been a definite hot spot -- literally -- with multiple UFOs being spotted hovering around or near erupting volcanoes in Mexico.
So when a bizarre ring appeared around the sun on Thursday afternoon, hovering over Mexico City, a "social media frenzy" followed, reports Yahoo News. Many of the reactions joking about the UFO ring around the sun being a sign that the world was coming to an end.
"The aliens have finally arrived! Prepare the sandwiches for the trip!" quipped one Facebook user.
Others opined that the mysterious sun-halo UFO was a government attempt to blind curious voters in advance of the upcoming June elections in Mexico.
"A sun halo days before elections. Coincidence? I don't believe it," tweeted one sun-halo UFO conspiracy theorist.
Regardless, as can be seen in the video below, the people of Mexico City were fascinated by the sun-halo UFO and incorporated all kinds of different ways to observe the -- what turned out to be natural -- wonder.Meanwhile, some local Mexico officials, such as Juan Manuel Caballero, coordinator of the National Weather Service, were fed up with the sun-halo UFO and the calls it inspired almost as soon as it made its presence known.
"I have received some 30 phone calls from people who are scared and think that it's a bad omen, others think it means it will rain more than expected," said Caballero. "I've had to repeat several times: 'No, it doesn't hurt if you don't look at it directly."
Local Mexico City newspaper Milenio reports that Mexican comedian Rafael Inclán had a few words to say about the sun-halo UFO, and though they were en espanol, Milenio provided a translation.
"After so many things we have to put up with in Mexico City, this (sun-halo UFO) is nothing. If we can go about our daily lives despite mass demonstrations in the streets and bad politicians, this can only be a blessing."
But in the end - at least according to some group of people called "Scientists", the halo appearing around the sun above Mexico City was neither a UFO of alien origins nor a sign that the end times were nigh at hand.
Rather, according to these scientists, the sun-halo UFO phenomenon is actually just created by sunlight passing through ice crystals, which bends the light and creates the colorful UFO ring.
"It's very common," said Caballero."The thing is that people never look up."
UFO or not, the sun-halo over Mexico City provided much excitement and speculation, not to mention a glorious natural spectacle in and of itself.
[Image by Omar Torres, AFP, and video via YouTube]