Storm Ciara⁠—referred to as Storm Sabine in some parts of Europe⁠—swept across Ireland and the United Kingdom over the weekend of 8–9 February before thrashing the north coast of mainland Europe. Just moments after the big storm passed through, this woman captured incredible photos of the ‘eye of the storm.’ The photos, which were shared on Facebook, show the full moon surrounded by a natural cloud formation, making people feel like it’s Mother Nature herself casting a look down below to her kingdom.

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One woman from the UK captured magnificent images of the ‘eye of the storm’

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48-year-old Sarah Hodges, based in Bolton, United Kingdom, noticed the bright moon shining through the cloudy sky on the evening of 11 February. Wanting to share the natural phenomena with her friends, the woman took some pictures to share on her personal Facebook page.

The photos were taken in Bolton, UK, where Storm Ciara swept through

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Little did Sarah know that the amazing photos, taken with a Samsung S9 phone, would quickly go viral, amassing over 2K likes and a staggering 35K shares, with people praising her for the mesmerizing pictures of the full moon shining through menacing storm clouds.

The woman who posted the pictures did not expect them to go viral

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The 48-year-old, who works as a baker, told one news outlet: “I took the pictures last Tuesday 11 Feb 2020, between 9.34 pm and 9.39 pm, just from my bedroom window at my home address. I am obsessed with the moon, sunset, sunrise, the sea, and the beauty of nature. I just used my Samsung S9. I know I got lucky, people spend thousands on cameras to get the perfect shot. I feel overwhelmed and proud, as it’s a once in a lifetime shot… which I do understand.”

But over 35K people have shared the snaps already

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Since the pictures have circulated widely around various social media platforms, many were left in awe after seeing the beautiful snaps of the moon. “I’ve saved this image, would love it as my phone background,” one person comments. “Stunning!” another woman adds.

Many people online saw it as a religious apparition

But naturally, not everyone was in agreement

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