Hong Kong photographer’s snap of ‘UFO Cloud’ featured by NASA

Hong Kong’s irregular weather in recent months has apparently given us more than just frost and fake snow, as local astronomy enthusiast Alfred Lee can confirm.

According to Apple Daily, 28-year-old Lee was in Ma On Shan’s Chevalier Garden when he spotted a strangely shaped and coloured cloud formation. After looking closer (or probably just squinting harder), the amateur meteorologist figured out that the formation was actually made up of two clouds: a lenticular cloud, and an iridescent cloud – both of which are rare in Hong Kong.

The clouds briefly – and fortuitously – lined up in front of the sun just long enough for Lee to photograph them, at around 4pm on Feb. 9. After submitting it to NASA, Lee’s photo was chosen as the association’s “Astronomy Photo of the Day“.

Lee, who is reported to work in the banking industry, said he fell in love with astrophotography while studying in the United States, where he could see stars better due to the milder light pollution.

Lee’s photography has apparently been recognised by NASA before, when he photographed the reflection of a partial solar eclipse at Pacific Place in 2009.


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