Like a hat in the sky

Yuri Beletsky captured this lenticular cloud on a mid-December night in the Chilean Andes Mountains.

Yuri told us:

Like a hat in the sky! This is the view from a few nights ago. I captured it at high altitude plains in the Chilean Andes mountains. The moon was already pretty bright and I was lucky to witness an incredible lenticular cloud formation. The Orion constellation is visible on the right, while the Andromeda galaxy is shining on the left. It was a truly majestic experience standing in the middle of the dry salt lake area peering into the endless sky.

Lenticular clouds are lens-shaped clouds that typically form where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains. Find out more and see photos here.

Thanks for sharing your photo with us, Yuri!

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