End of the world? Incredible cloud formation

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An iridescent, multi-hued cloud phenomenon was recently spotted in Costa Rica skies, and residents were left awestruck and mystified.

The spectacle in the sky was reported this past Tuesday afternoon in numerous cities including, San Jose, Parrita, Pavas, Escazu and Hatillo. Coincidentally, the sighting occurred on the country’s Independence Day.

Many witnesses took to social media to post photos and video of the luminous cloud formation, with some even noting that it looked like an “end of times” scene.

“He immediately grabbed the camera and started taking video and photos,” he said. “We were just so amazed. We had no idea what it was and we’d never seen anything like it.”

End of the world
End of the world

Another Escazu resident, Jessie Montealegre, said she was also was amazed by the sky phenomenon.

“It was breathtaking,” she said. “It’s like a sign of God.”

End of the world
End of the world

The colorful luminescence 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, according to Costa Rica media outlet Teletica News.

End of the world
End of the world

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