1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member


    A widely shared image appears to show a giant figure walking about the clouds. However the most likely explanation is that it is two plumes of condensation from a power station rising above a low cloud layer

    It was originally posted on joe.ie
    A similar mysterious plume was observed in January 2014, knowledge of the flight path, and the time of the photo allowed the exact power station to be tracked down.


    It's likely that a similar finding can be made in this case if the photo time is known.

    If you edit out one the of plumes from the "robot" figure, it becomes clearer:

    A possible candidate is the Doel power station in Belgium, which is roughly on the Vienna-Gatwick route, and has two cooling towers. And has been observed to produce similar "legged" clouds before. Here's one from ground level.

    Source: https://groenlinks.nl/nieuws/groenlinks-stelt-vragen-over-kerncentrales-doel

    However there are several similar power stations, and only knowing which flight he was on, and what time the photo was taken, will solve the puzzle.

    Another power station along the route is the Gro├čkrotzenburg coal powered power plant in Germany (Kraftwerk Staudinger). This seems like the most probably one to me.
    Source: michi.p on Flickr

    This is a more detailed image than the "giant", and shows just how low the cloud layer can be, just a couple of hundred feet above the ground. It's also right on the direct path from Vienna to Gatwick
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2016
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  2. JRBids

    JRBids Senior Member

    Sheesh, you mean it's NOT a giant iron robot walking on clouds?!
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  3. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

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  4. Leifer

    Leifer Senior Member

    Depending on our local weather, the local power plants will produce clouds from the plant's steam....(Burbank,CA)
  5. Vincent Jay

    Vincent Jay New Member

    Looks like pareidolia run amok. I don't see how folks can take stuff like this seriously.
  6. Marin B

    Marin B Active Member

    There's an oil refinery near where I live that occasionally makes some really impressive clouds - especially on very calm dry, clear mornings. I tried to see if I could find a picture of one on-line, but only found pictures of from when they had an explosion a few years back.
  7. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Similar case reported to MUFON:
    If you review the preceding posts it's quite obvious this is a just another set of power station cooling tower plumes. The enterprising reader should even be able to track down which one.
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