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Lenticular Clouds

/PIC BY DENIS BUDKOV / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED A cloud that looks like a spaceship) Hovering high above the mountains, these unusual objects may look like something from another world - but they are in fact clouds. With their smooth, saucer like shape and bizarre orange glow these cloud formations could easily be mistaken for U.F.O.s but they are actually a rare natural phenomenon known as lenticular clouds. Baffled onlookers may feel more at ease knowing that the lens-shaped formations are simply moist air that has condensed above the mountain range and not visitors from outer space. Known scientifically as altocumulus lenticularis the curious clouds are formed when the temperature in the air drops and moisture droplets are pushed up a steep slope by high winds. **NOT FOR SALE / USE IN RUSSIA / POLAND**

Clouds that look like UFOs

By Claudine Zap

These eerie formations in the sky may look like alien ships. But as the Daily Mail points out, they’re actually a natural occurrence called lenticular clouds.

These other-worldy images were captured by Russian photographer Denis Budkov as the clouds hovered over the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. “These clouds are very special as they do not move, they stay in one place and it's only their shape that changes,” the 33-year-old told the Daily Mail. “There needs to be at least two factors for these clouds to appear--a very strong wind and a very high object, so Klyuchevskaya Sopka is a perfect place to find lenticular clouds,” he added, referring to the highest mountain in the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Sometimes, a natural phenomenon called irisation occurs along the edge of the clouds, turning them a fiery red color and adding to the odd appearance.