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Strange spherical cloud spotted over Japan

By T.K. Randall
December 15, 2016 · Comment icon 19 comments

The peculiar atmospheric phenomenon was photographed over Fujisawa earlier this month.
Most of us will have seen unusual shapes in the clouds at one time or another, but this perfectly spherical cloud spotted over Japan back on December 6th is something quite extraordinary.

"When I looked out of the car window I saw a round ball-shaped cloud," said Twitter user @pmxpvrtmx who photographed the phenomenon.

"I gazed at the cloud for a while then I rushed to take the photo. When I saw the cloud it was an even more spherical shape, so I regret not taking the photo more quickly."

Source: Science Alert | Comments (19)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Calibeliever 6 years ago
Sadly, the miscalculation left the unsuspecting time-traveler a thousand feet off the ground and he was only able to experience about 8seconds of 2016.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Parsec 6 years ago
Yes, but what a ride!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Ghost Ship 6 years ago
A new breed of cloud has been discovered.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Still Waters 6 years ago
Comment icon #14 Posted by Lilly 6 years ago
Comment icon #15 Posted by aquatus1 6 years ago
Huh...I expected the Evangelion angels to be a bit more dramatic.
Comment icon #16 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Just one of the ancient Japanese Gods blowing cloud balls while smoking.
Comment icon #17 Posted by MissJatti 6 years ago
Looks like some sort of portal thingy
Comment icon #18 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
I wonder how much radiation was floating about in that cloud before being dispersed around the world?
Comment icon #19 Posted by Grand Moff Tarkin 6 years ago
Well, (a) probably not much, atmospheric radiation doesn't hang around long (and besides, most of the emissions from Fukushima, which is presumably what you're alluding to, were in the water), and (b) individual clouds rarely travel very far, it usually disperse, like this one did, even as you look at them.

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