World in awe of 'Hand of God' photo

Amazing cloud formation spotted over Madeira

(Mercury Press)

Madeira – A photograph of a mysterious cloud formation dubbed the "Hand of God" has delighted and fascinated people from all over the world.

The photo was taken over the Portuguese island of Madeira on the morning of Jan. 25 by a weather blogger named Rogerio Pacheco, says the Daily Mail.

Pacheco said he snapped the picture while driving to work.

To many, the cloud formation looks like a fiery hand reaching down from the sky, hence the photo's robust title.

A meteorologist with the BBC says perfect lighting is the real force behind the mystical snapshot. Because the cloud was at a low altitude, the light and formation came in contact at the most opportune time.