A bizarre photo that emerged from Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, where while opening an anti-extremism centre, the US president, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi of Egypt were photographed touching a glowing orb, has gone viral on social media.

Local media reported that the leaders’ placing their hands on the globe “officially activated the centre and launched a splashy welcome video”.

When the picture came out on Sunday, it went viral on social media with the obvious pop-culture references, comparisons and funny Photoshopped memes.

Allison DeJong shared a selection of cards from the immensely popular trading card game, Magic: The Gathering: the “Chaos orb”, “Mesmeric orb” and “Zuran orb” (“Sacrifice a land: You gain 2 life”).

“There are many kinds of #orb, are we sure we know which one we’re dealing with here,” she tweeted, to the response of “NEERRRRRRRRRD!”

Another Twitter user drew a parallel with a Star Trek episode first broadcast in 1968, in which Captain Kirk’s body is controlled by telepathic aliens stored in metal orbs.

The Church of Satan felt obliged to disassociate itself from the moment: