The end is nigh, trumpets sound from upon high!
Well not really! Although…
Apocalyptic theories and biblical passages are being spouted in many comments on a number of strange videos that have been uploaded to the internet since 2011. The videos are usually set in fairly serene environments, such as suburban neighborhoods, but the tranquility is broken by a variety of loud noises seemingly emanating from the sky that range from a distant wailing, to screaming, to something resembling a demented orchestral score.
Commonly referred to as ‘sky trumpets’ and ‘skyquakes’ (though the latter is also used to describe the ‘mistpouffers‘ phenomenon as well), there are several theories on what is causing the strange noises in the sky that have been heard in numerous incidents spanning the globe, from Kiev, Ukraine to Florida, USA. Many people have dismissed these videos as hoaxes and some audio samples have been debunked as fake.
Others have suggested that the sounds maybe caused by sound pollution, electromagnetic noise from auroras and radiation belts, acoustic-gravity waves, shifting tectonic plates, high-tension electric power lines, polar shifts and strong winds generated between hot and cold layers in the upper skies.
As it doesn’t seem to take much more than a noise for people to begin speculating that sinister forces are at play, naturally there have also been a whole bunch of conspiracy and doomsday theories as well. These include allegations that noises are caused by NASA and The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program while conducting secret weapon experiments; a prelude to a full alien invasion; a sign of the second coming; proof that the Book of Revelations is about to come true; or even that the New World Order is testing mind control devices provided to them by a malevolent extraterrestrial force.
In forested areas, some people have suggested that the noise could be created by presently undiscovered creatures, such as sasquatches or other cryptids.
A sky trumpet video shot in Terrace, Canada received a lot of media attention back in August 2013 for capturing a cacophony of what sounded like painful wailing, fingers down a chalk board and a talent-lacking brass section simultaneously resonating through suburban streets. The council however took responsibility for the noise, claiming that it was a city worker grinding down a grader blade, though the video’s uploader has admitted that she is skeptical of their explanation.
Currently the sounds haven’t received much attention or consensus from investigators or the scientific community so for the most part the cause of many of these sounds remain unknown.
Which theory do you agree with?