What do you see in these clouds?

January 11, 2017 | By | Add a Comment
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(Posted 11 January 2017) I am curious what you can see in the clouds I took a picture of yesterday.

A kangaroo in the clouds! Photo copyright Paul Floyd 2017.

To me, a kangaroo immediately leapt to mind. I was somewhat disappointed when that was not captured by my camera. Double disappointment set in when my ‘significant other’ suggested something completely different! My mind recognising a kangaroo is an example of pareidolia.

(Text from Wikipedia) ‘Pareidolia (/pærᵻˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-doh-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists. Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, the man in the moon, the moon rabbit, and hidden messages within recorded music played in reverse or at higher- or lower-than-normal speeds.

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This website is maintained by Paul Floyd. I am an amateur astronomer (and school teacher) with 25 years experience (as at 2015) in running a range of education and public astronomy outreach activities. As of January 2015, I have been providing astronomy information via the WWW for eighteen years.