Rare Fire Rainbow Appears In US Skies

Posted: Aug 20 2015, 8:10am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Rare Fire Rainbow Appears in US Skies
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  • Unique Fire Rainbow Phenomenon appears in Skies over South Carolina beach

A unique fire rainbow phenomenon appeared in the skies over the USA. It got seen by the local population with awe and wonderment.

It appeared as a multicolored cloud formation. And it remained suspended in the blue sky for some time. Said to be a colorful angel stationary in the sky, it was actually a special cloud.

Termed a circumhorizontal arc, the phenomenon required strict conditions of weather and atmosphere. It occurs in clouds that are way up in the stratosphere. And these are cirrus clouds. Furthermore, they are made of small ice crystals.

In order for the beautiful phenomenon to completely manifest itself, the sun’s rays must enter the cloud formation at a precise angle. Only then will the optical illusion of a colorful prismatic shape become visible.

The solar presence must be 58 degrees above the horizon. It lasted for an hour and then vanished without a trace. The phenomenon was a variant of a rainbow, according to Telegraph.

Rainbows are products of reflection, refraction and the scattering of light. They get formed by many tiny droplets of water vapour suspended in the air after rainfall. These small water particles act as tiny prisms.

The beauty of the sky today...... Magnificent.... #IOP

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Rainbows are often seen near waterfalls and in thick vegetation areas. They are also to be found in the vicinity of lakes. Half a decade ago, a man saw a double rainbow over the canopy of Yosemite National Park.

He shed tears of joy and ecstasy. Recorded pictures of quadruple rainbows have gotten taken too. Such a rainbow got seen in Germany about four years back. Similar natural phenomena that appear to be magical have gotten seen in case of the Niagara Falls. The rushing waters of the waterfall just froze due to the extremely cold temperature.

Then three years ago, flowers of beautiful colors bloomed at the edge of the Atacama Desert. There are hundreds of examples of other natural miracles. And they never cease to amaze and amuse mankind.

These include a corpse flower that has a rotten smell and is very large in size. And then there is a pit from which you can see volcanic activity occurring at a close range. It's called the “door to hell” by locals and is definitely a fearful sight to behold.

Nature is mankind’s creator and teacher. And it will never run dry no matter how many atomic bombs we explode in its midst. That is because it is much larger than man. There is simply no comparison. That is between puny creatures like us and the grandeur of Mother Nature.

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