People were stunned after a multicoloured lenticular cloud that resembled a UFO appeared in the sky in Turkey.
The massive formation shifting from orange to pink, to yellow grasped locals’ attention after it hovered over the city of Bursa, Turkey, on Thursday, 19th January.
Amazed by the rare sight, the citizens immediately grabbed their mobile phones to film the double-ringed, oval-shaped cloud and posted their recordings on social media platforms.
But the footage raised a huge debate online as many people claimed that the formation was unnatural.
Facebook user Serdar Sahin said: “Artificial cloud.”
Another user named Inan Canbay commented: “They made a nice picture. Hologram facts.”
Then a third one named Hulya Yilmam Yildirim added: “I wonder if it’s HAARP [High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program]?
People reportedly had an hour before the extraordinary formation peeking at the city from behind a nearby mountain vanished from the sky.
The General Directorate of Meteorology later revealed on its website that the “strange, unnatural-looking formation” was in fact, a lenticular cloud.
UK’s weather service, Met Office, said: “These lens-shaped orographic wave clouds form when the air is stable and winds blow across hills and mountains from the same or similar direction at different heights through the troposphere.
“They look a lot like the traditional shape of flying saucers in science fiction, and real lenticular clouds are believed to be one of the most common explanations for UFO sightings across the world.”
The stationary cloud, whose appearance is the result of mountainous activity, is likely to be seen in any geographic area with foehn winds.
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