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Smiley Face Captured in the Crater of a Happy Hawaiian Volcano



While flying over the Pu’u O’o crater of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, Mick Kalber of Tropical Visions Video captured an unusual shot of what appears to be a glowing smiley face looking up at him.

It’s simply an instance of pareidolia — seeing familiar things or patterns where none exists — caused by the lava, but the shot has gotten Kalber quite a bit of attention since he captured it back on July 28th, 2016 (it even made it onto NBC Nightly News).

Here’s the video that produced the still frame above:

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(via Mick Kalber via Laughing Squid)

Image credits: Still frame and video by Mick Kalber/Tropical Visions and used with permission