A photo taken of the sun shining through has gone viral for appearing to resemble the famed Christ the Redeemer statue.
The photo was captured in San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina.
Monica Aramayo said she took the photo, Fox News reported. “We should be ready,” Mariela Romano commented on social media after the image went viral.
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Other users remarked on the sighting, saying things such as “we really need him,” AccuWeather reported.
While another remarked, “Thanks for the image that allows us to keep on our path and have a better hope for tomorrow,” according to the Florida Post.
People compared the image to the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Critics say that it’s merely just the sun shining through the crowd at an unusual angle while others doubted its veracity, saying it was Photoshopped.
The Christ the Redeemer statue is 125 feet tall, located on a rock near the city.
It’s not the first time that people have seen a photo resembling Jesus Christ in recent days.
Man Sees Image of Jesus Christ Burst Through Clouds In Italy – https://t.co/dCxx01pZdH
— Peter Palumbo (@PeterPalumbo1) March 24, 2019
In Italy, a photographer captured a similar photo of the sun shining through the clouds at sunset.
“I was enchanted by the view. I don’t often share pictures on social media, but when I took this one, I instantly felt like I wanted other people to see it, because it was so beautiful,” Alfredo Lo Brutto said, according to the Daily Mail.
Blimey!!! Terrific shot!
Alfredo Lo Brutto, from Agropoli, Italy, captured the incredible pictures of the glowing figure standing above the sea while at his home on Friday. pic.twitter.com/hovJ16HXFt
— Pip Ettore (@pettore) March 4, 2019
In April, a woman from Virginia said she spotted Jesus in the rocks during a walk in the woods, according to reports.
Even Rarer: ‘Crown Flash’
Years ago, a rare “crown flash” was captured on camera by a cyclist a few days ago, and he uploaded his findings on YouTube.
“I was out riding my bicycle and a storm was approaching, then this strange light caught my eye so I pulled out my phone and shot this video,” the YouTube uploader writes. “After getting so many replies saying it wasn’t haarp (sic) I’m changing the name to, Crown Flash, a Crown Flash is when ice particles get aligned in the same direction from the electrostatic field created during a thunderstorm. It’s usually invisible to the naked eye but the way the sun hits it, it makes it visible to the naked eye kind of like a rainbow.”
Crown flashes are also known as “leaping sundogs.”
They’re apparently quite rare, as noted by a 1971 Nature article.
It reported, “ON July 2, 1970, at about 1945 h EST a thunderstorm cell passed a few miles north of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The column of cumulus cloud towered in the light of the setting Sun, far above the dark mass below, which occasionally flickered with lightning.”
It noted that due to the presence of readily available smartphones, there are now several examples of the rare phenomenon.
“But as electrical charges build in the cloud ahead of a flash of lightning, the crystals all spin into alignment, under the influence of a much stronger, electrostatic field force. This is what creates the bend-y pillar of light in the cloud. Then when the charge (and the electrostatic field) is relaxed by lightning, the ice crystals fall back into relative disarray, and the pillar of light collapses,” says the Washington Post.