This fiery red glow in the clouds over the Atlantic Ocean has puzzled the internet.

A mysterious fiery red glow, photographed by a pilot as he flew over clouds over the Atlantic Ocean, has prompted comparisons to the “watergate” — an underwater portal to a nightmarish parallel universe, the Upside Down — in the popular Netflix series Stranger Things.

Three creepy pictures taken on July 22 were posted on Reddit hoping to solve the mystery, and included a note saying the pilot “says he’s never seen anything like it”.

There they spawned a frenzy of theories and commentary, ranging from comparisons to scenes from the latest episode. Netflixpopular show very strange thingsothers who suggested it was most likely a fishing boat using large red LED panels to attract schools of saury.

However, without a closer examination, the cause cannot be established for certain. So far, the pilot has remained anonymous, and there is no indication of how low he flew or where over the Atlantic he saw the mysterious scene.

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“Stranger Things”: Pictured is one of three images taken by the pilot, showing an eerie red light through clouds over the Atlantic Ocean.

The images were posted on Reddit with the notation that the pilot had never seen anything like it before.  Commentators on Reddit immediately compared the mysterious scene to the latest episode of Stranger Things, where an underwater portal to the nightmarish Upside Down opens under Lover's Lake in the very ill-fated town of Hawkins.  More sensible commentators said it was most likely caused by the fishing boat using red light to attract shoals of saury.

The images were posted on Reddit with the notation that the pilot had never seen anything like it before. Commentators on Reddit immediately compared the mysterious scene to the latest episode of Stranger Things, where an underwater portal to the nightmarish Upside Down opens under Lover’s Lake in the very ill-fated town of Hawkins. More sensible commentators said it was most likely caused by the fishing boat using red light to attract shoals of saury.

Saury fishing uses hundreds of massive LED lights around the perimeter of fishing boats to attract fish, making it easy to catch them in nets. It is most commonly seen in the Pacific Ocean, but Atlantic saury is found from the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada to Bermuda.

While LEDs are the preferred option for fishing boats, due to their higher efficiency and lighter weight, the fishing boat below may use a different lighting solution such as High Intensity Discharge (HID). Its intense glow through the clouds suggests the use of HID, which explains the amount of light escaping upwards in the photographs.

Cyrus is attracted to bright red lights. Large ships are capable of luring thousands of fish, which he simply vacuums.

However, Redditors have made the most of the opportunity to offer theories ranging from the end of time to aliens. Among the most popular was a comparison to Stranger Things, where a portal opens in Hawkins Lovers Lake in season four.

Don't get involved!  Reddit commentators jumped at the chance to compare the eerie red glow to an upside down portal (pictured above from the fourth season of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things).  Others have speculated that it was the end of the world or caused by aliens.

Don’t get involved! Reddit commentators jumped at the chance to compare the eerie red glow to an upside down portal (pictured above from the fourth season of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things). Others have speculated that it was the end of the world or caused by aliens.

Fishing boats like the one pictured use red light panels to lure schools of saury.  Many commentators have suggested that this was the likely reason for the creepy photos.

Fishing boats like the one pictured use red light panels to lure schools of saury. Many commentators have suggested that this was the likely reason for the creepy photos.

One Redditor wrote, “Dustin is trying to open the portal upside down – it’s literally a water gate,” referring to one of the scenes.

While another fears the red glow could mean the end of days, one Redditor shared: “Don’t worry, it’s just hellholes watching you.”

This is not the first time that pilots have reported strange phenomena. In 2014, Dutch JPC pilot van Heijst said he and his co-pilot flew over glowing clouds south of the Russian Kamchatka peninsula within five hours of a 10-hour flight from Hong Kong to Anchorage, Alaska in a Boeing 747-8.

Van Heist explained on PBase that they noticed an intense flash of light, similar to lightning, directed vertically upwards, followed 20 minutes later by a dark red and orange glow.

However, what caused the eerie red glow below the clouds cannot be confirmed.  The pilot who took the pictures remained anonymous.

However, what caused the eerie red glow below the clouds cannot be confirmed. The pilot who took the pictures remained anonymous.

A more recent incident was captured in 2020 by another pilot who was also flying over the Pacific Ocean.  The pictures were taken when the aircraft was southeast of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk.

A more recent incident was captured in 2020 by another pilot who was also flying over the Pacific Ocean. The pictures were taken when the aircraft was southeast of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk.

Redditor users also speculated that the red light was from a flotilla of fishing boats.

Redditor users also speculated that the red light was from a flotilla of fishing boats.

This experience alarmed van Heist because he had no explanation.

There were no thunderstorms on their route or on weather radar, suggesting that the lightning did not originate during a thunderstorm, and the subsequent glow was also a mystery. Similar lights have been seen from boats fishing for squid, but van Heist says it “doesn’t make sense in the area.”

He said: “The closer we got, the more intense the glow became, illuminating the clouds and sky below us with a terrible orange glow in a part of the world where there should have been nothing but water.”

The only reason the pilots could think of was a volcano eruption under the ocean surface 30 minutes earlier, but it was not followed by an ash plume, and despite having several volcanoes along their route, they were not alerted to any new activity – although this does not necessarily include invisible underwater volcanoes.

A more recent incident was captured in 2020 by another pilot who was also flying over the Pacific Ocean. The pictures were taken when the aircraft was southeast of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk.

Three photos also shared on Redditshow the same glowing lights peeking out from under the clouds, and most of the comments point to fishing boats, but perhaps a foot.