What Is This Thing People Are Calling ‘the Hand of God’?

When this insane object that looks like a clenched fist of fire was spotted over Madeira, Portugal, people started to panic. People were sure that it would touch down and set everything aflame.

No such thing happened.

Soon, everyone was calling the strange object in the sky “the hand of God.” A few compared it to a comet from the video game Final Fantasy.

Weather blogger Rogerio Pacheco could not believe his eyes when he looked up at the clouds during morning rush hour.

“As soon as I saw the sky, I was immediately intrigued and I just had to grab my camera to take photo,” Pacheco said.

According to the Sun, “this beautiful pattern emerges in clouds when two different layers of air in the atmosphere are moving at different speeds.”

As for what exactly made a cloud formation take on the appearance of fire — well, that remains a mystery, just like the giant fist outstretched from the heavens.