Hand of God appears in the sky above Portugal

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– A giant ‘fist-shaped’ cloud punching through the sky was spotted over Portugal;

– It was compared to a fist from heaven, a comet and God’s hand holding a fireball.

Weather blogger Rogerio Pacheco, 32, was at home, when he saw the fist-like cloud formation punching through the sky over the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Mr Pachero said: “As soon as I saw the sky, I was immediately intrigued and I just had to grab my camera to take photo. I was not the only one who seemed to notice it and I could see other people also looking up at the sky. For me, the cloud looks like an outstretched hand with a fireball.”

Amazed onlookers have compared the bright orange cloud to everything from a flaming fist of fury to the iconic comet

Amazed onlookers have compared the bright orange cloud to everything from a flaming fist of fury to the iconic comet

The photos of the incredible moment have since been widely shared by social media users, who compared Mr Pacheco’s snaps to a gigantic hand of God, a burning fist of fury or a comet.

Could this be the real Hand of God or it’s just Mother Nature playing tricks on us? The Almighty has already revealed himself in a variety of forms and places, including pancakes, apples, waves, Northern lights and even toilets.

However, scientists are sceptical of such a phenomenon, which is known as pareidolia — when people interpret random images, cloud formations or patterns of light and shadows as images of animals, faces of religious figures, or other objects.

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