A massive cloud shaped like a UFO hovered over a city in Turkey, changing colors from orange to pink and then to yellow as the sunrise cascaded across it.
Onlookers spotted the “surreal sight” above Bursa on Thursday, January 19th, TRT World reported, sharing a video on Twitter. The double-ringed, oval-shaped formation seemed to peek at the city from behind the nearby mountainside, photos show.
The hovering shape lasted for about an hour before vanishing from the sky, Anadolu Agency reported.
UFO cloud was a lenticular cloud
The colorful flying saucer-like formation was a lenticular cloud, TRT World reported. Lenticular clouds are a “strange, unnatural looking” cloud formation, according to the U.K.’s Meteorological Office.
These types of clouds form “when the air is stable and winds blow across hills and mountains from the same or similar direction at different heights,” officials said.
Lenticular clouds “look a lot like the traditional shape of flying saucers in science fiction,” U.K. officials said, and “real lenticular clouds are believed to be one of the most common explanations for UFO sightings across the world.”
Bursa is about seventy miles south of Istanbul across the Sea of Marmara.