Skypunch – A Heavenly Optical Illusion


 Skypunch Illusion

When people see a skypunch, they often think that thee end of the world is near. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover. Freakishly weird!

Even more interesting than the skypunch itself is the illusion in the middle of it.

Do you see an outline of an angel coming through the clouds in that opening?

 Incredible photo by Terry Boswell from the Joshua Tree Earth and Space Museum  of this rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch.

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