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Presenter Carol Vorderman shared a stunning video online (Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty)

Carol Vorderman stunned fellow users on X, formerly Twitter, when sharing a video of a portal to another dimension.

Well, not quite. 

What the presenter actually shared was the dazzling natural phenomenon known as a ‘subsun’, captured at an Argentine ski resort by Gaby Chavez.

Subsuns occur when the Sun’s light is reflected off millions of tiny ice crystals in the atmosphere, acting like a mirror and creating an ethereal orb suspended in the air.

Often turbulence in the air means these hexagonal crystals can be disturbed and wobble, causing the reflection to become stretched vertically. 

And as one X user commented – not the first to make the connection – this gives the subsun a particularly sci-fi look, not unlike a portal to another dimension as often imagined in films.

Another user likened it to the Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings.

But unlike the Eye of Sauron, subsuns can only be viewed from above, because they are reflecting the Sun’s light back towards it. This means the best place to spot one is from a plane – but they are also common on mountains, so skiers should keep an eye out.

For thousands of years, curious weather phenomena have been the cause of suspected paranormal or extraterrestrial sightings.

‘Superior mirages’ can make boats on the horizon appear as if they are floating in midair due to special atmospheric conditions that bend light between the ship and the eye.

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Another type of superior mirage known as a fata morgana can warp distant objects and make them appear closer than they actually are.

A fata morgana creates the mirage of flying saucer above the Etosha pan in Namibia, Africa (Picture: Getty/iStockphoto)

Clouds have caused much concern over the years, not least the lenticular variety, which do look very much like UFOs.

A mysterious lenticular cloud forms over the Owens Valley, California (Picture: Getty)

In a similar vein, light sources on the ground can be reflected in ice crystals by the light pillar phenomenon to create what appear to be vertical beams – the description of many UFO sightings.

Light pillars above a city (Picture: Getty/iStockphoto)

And in ancient folklore, will-o-the-wisps, small ‘blue flames’, are either mischievous spirits or ghosts of the dead trying to lure travellers to their deaths.

In fact, they are a flame-like phosphorescence caused by gases from decaying plants in marshy areas – but still exceedingly scary to anyone who spots them.

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