Awe and wonder pervaded those watching a magnificent iridescent, multi-colored cloud phenomenon in Costa Rica in September, 2015, leaving many wondering if the touch of God had come to the skies.
“It was breathtaking. It’s like a sign of God,” Jessie Montealegre said.
The spectacle was sighted in multiple cities, including San Jose, Parrita, Pavas, Escazu and Hatillo. Many filmed the event.
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“The skies opened up as if it were the end of times — It was truly a beautiful glimpse of what our God has in store for us on the day he comes back,” Jessielou121 wrote in her video’s description, posted on DailyMail.
“We were just so amazed,” said Joey Petit of Escazu, whose 11-year-old son recorded the unique formation. “We had no idea what it was and we’d never seen anything like it.”
Although many who experienced the wonder of the event looked to religion as an explanation, and some pondered the influence of aliens, the experts said the light formation was caused by a rare weather phenomenon called “cloud iridescence.”
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The colorful show is caused by the sun’s light being refracted by water droplets and ice crystals in the cloud, said Eladio Solano, a meteorologist with Costa Rica’s National Meteorological Institute.
The large storm cloud “grows taller and taller and it can encounter winds building across the top of it and it can push it up and act like an obstacle. This can cause ice crystals and water droplets to form and leads to the beautiful and iridescent appearance. It’s not a common cloud to see,” said Gavin Pretor-Pinney.
Amid debate between experts and laymen whether the cloud is either a religious or natural phenomenon, one famous American maintained long ago that the world had room for both.
“A reasoning being would lose his reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to,” wrote George Washington.
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