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Smiley Face Captured in the Crater of a Happy Hawaiian Volcano

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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:

You can enjoy more videos by Tropical Visions on iTunes and on Google Play.

(via Mick Kalber via Laughing Squid)


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

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