The strange red hue of the sky early in the half-term break left many confused, some in awe, and thousands questioning existence. One Twitter user advised that everyone “stay safe” in what was surely the apocalypse’s harbinger.
The real reason for the red effect in the sky is quite simple: Storm Ophelia disturbed dust in the Sahara desert, and dragged it into the atmosphere above England. However, this simple explanation did not convince everybody that the occurrence was completely harmless.
Some Twitter users refused to accept the event’s existence at all, blaming “hipsters” for putting “an Instagram filter” on their posts; this theory could surely have been dismissed just by those doubtful few having a look outside (unless, of course, they were in an unaffected area).
Some conspiracy theorists believe the happenings are a result of orbital interference from the theorised planet, Nibiru. The red sky is believed by the conspirators to be the signal of the beginning of great havoc for the Earth: tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions will dominate the planet. Fortunately, NASA has issued a statement insisting there is “no credible evidence whatever for the existence of Nibiru”.
Other Twitter users took a more nonchalant stance to the prospect of the end of the world, “Somebody said we should head outside because the world was ending. We thought we’d take our cameras.” A great many people expressed their surprising disappointment at the failure of the Doomsday prophecies, frustrated that they couldn’t witness the Earth’s destruction: what would surely be a – temporarily – memorable spectacle.
Once again, the conspiracy theories condemning Earth to a fiery, inexorable end have been incorrect, and humanity will live on as before – that is, until the next prophesised judgement day is supposedly going to demolish everything, but we’re rather safe until then, and probably after.