The figure appeared in the clouds above Tonga, leading some people to claim it was a miracle.
According to local reports resident Joey Mataele spotted a cloud in the shape of Mary, that was then lit up by the sun as he photographed it.
It was taken above his brother’s house in the village of Halaleva in Tongatapu.
Mr Mataele said the clear outline of a head, body and feet, coupled with the golden glow, led him to believe it was a sign from the heavens.
He uploaded the image online with the caption: “This is an image that was unexpected and I know it’s a miracle in my life.
“Thank you Lord for everything you’ve provided for me and my family.”
Some have said the image was that of the Virgin Mary, but others, including Mr Mataele’s niece, Onelua, told 7 News Online it was the image of Jesus.
She said: “We all thought it was an image of Jesus.
“We were shocked, it was pretty random to see that.”
Scott C Waring, editor of alien chaser website ufosightingsdaily.com, has picked up on the story to make a staggering claim.
He blogged: “It could be divine powers, because the figure does look like what Jesus should look like.
“His robe, arms low but spreading out. If he could walk on water, then walking in the sky would be just as easy.
“As I have said many times, I do believe that Jesus is an alien, since back in the 1950s the US president was visited by Val Valient Thor of Venus and he said that he knows Jesus personally and considers him family.
“It looks like Jesus himself sent this message, and someone out there really needed enough for him to do it.”
Of course, sceptics point out that religious sightings such as these are just the effects of pareidolia, when the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects such as faces or animals in patterns or textures such as a rock surface or clouds.
Once an active imagination is added to the mix, the possibilities are endless.