On Monday, the Portuguese were stunned by a terrifying cloud over the island of Madeira. An incredible cloud formation which appeared over the skies of Portugal has been dubbed the ‘hand of God’.
The awe-inspiring cloud was spotted by weather blogger Rogerio Pacheco. His photos soon got attention on social media. People had all kinds of speculations, comparing the unusual cloud to anything from a “Hand of God” to a burning fist, or even a comet from the video game Final Fantasy. The “Hand of God,” according to experts, is an example of pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon of perceiving familiar shapes in random or vague images.Other common forms of pareidolia include seeing animals or faces in clouds, or the man in the moon, they say.Despite its supernatural appearance, the Hand of God was produced by natural astrophysical phenomena, the experts add.
Mr Pachero said: ‘As soon as I saw the sky, I was immediately intrigued and I just had to grab my camera to take photo.’