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Barking Dog Cloud

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists.

Barking dog cloud, by Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

View larger. | Barking Dog Cloud, seen over Mutare, Zimbabwe, by Peter Lowenstein.

This image of asteroid 2015 TB145, a dead comet, was generated using radar data collected by the National Science Foundation's 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The radar image was taken on Oct. 30, 2015, and the image resolution is 25 feet (7.5 meters) per pixel. Image credit: NAIC-Arecibo/NSF

Object 2015 TB145, which passed Earth on October 31, 2015. This is a radar image from Arecibo Observatory. View more images of this object.

I liked this recent article at EarthSky – Best Images of Surprise Halloween Comet – and in particular the skull picture of asteroid 2015 TB145! Seeing this prompted me to search the Internet and find the term pareidolia. I had never come across it before – and wondered if you had?

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus 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 (such as the Barking Dog Cloud, above), the man in the moon, and very recently the skull in the Halloween image of asteroid 2015 TB1 45 released by the NSF’s Arecibo Observatory!

I captured the Barking Dog Cloud image using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 compact camera in sunset auto mode and x 30 zoom magnification.

More paredolia photos: Seeing things that aren’t there

Peter Lowenstein

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