The next time you spot something resembling an alien craft looming overhead, check to make sure it’s not hovering beside a mountain. If it is, there’s a good chance you’ve spotted a lenticular cloud, like the one pictured on this post.
Lenticular clouds aren’t especially rare.
They’re actually a pretty common sight around mountains, where moist air – having recently passed over a nearby peak and collected above the summit’s downwind face – cools and condenses into a broad, motionless mass.
Stacked and lens-like in appearance, lenticulars are notoriously beautiful.
Due to their shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings.
The next shot features a nighttime jaw-dropping lenticular with on the horizon the stunning Mount Hood. It was captured by astrophotographer Ben Canales and is absolutely gorgeous!