Scientists at the Keck Observatory witnessed an intriguing natural phenomenon recently, as clouds resembling unidentified flying objects made an appearance in Hawaii’s skies.
These UFO-shaped formations, or lenticular clouds, often incite curiosity and wonder due to their unique appearance. The stationary, lens-shaped clouds can be found at high altitudes, often forming over mountain ranges.
The Keck Observatory, located atop the dormant Mauna Kea volcano on the Big Island, provided a perfect setting for the formation of these clouds this month.
The striking appearance of lenticular clouds is a result of moist air moving over elevated terrain. As the air rises and cools, it forms a distinct, lens-shaped structure.
Although lenticular clouds are relatively rare, they can be found all around the world. They are more commonly observed in regions with prominent mountain ranges, such as the Andes in South America, the Rocky Mountains in North America, and the Alps in Europe.
Social media users expressed their awe at stunning photos of the clouds shared online. While some jokingly referred to the formations as alien spacecraft, others simply admired the beauty of the natural phenomenon.