Photographer Captures Rare White Rainbow Over Scottish Highlands

Posted: Nov 24 2016, 12:53pm CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Photographer Captures Rare White Rainbow Over Scottish Highlands
Credit: Melvin Nicholson

The image of the colorless rainbow was captured over Rannoch Moor in western Scotland

A British photographer has recently captured a one-in-a-million shot in the highlands of Scotland.

The photographer, named Melvin Nicholson, was exploring Rannoch Moor in western Scotland when he came across an unusual sight. Nicholson saw an arch in the sky similar to the phenomenon called rainbow but without any color. The colorless, ghost-like rainbow is called fogbow or white rainbow and it has been captured rarely.

“I had never seen anything like it in my 10 years capturing landscape photos around the globe or even in my 44 years of life.” Photographer Melvin Nicholson told ABC News.

Ghost rainbows are much like normal colorful rainbow. Rainbow occurs when a beam of sunlight hits raindrops on the way down at a certain angle, but as name suggests, the other rainbow involves fog instead of raindrops. Fogbows are visible in the thin fog when sun rises and burns off the mist.

“It's an amazing thing to witness and can generally only be seen if the sun is behind you when you are looking at it.”Nicholson told BBC.

The image has been taken on Sunday and ever since it has received a tremendous response worldwide.

“I knew I had captured something fairly special when I realized how transient it was.” Photographer said.

According to Nicholson, the fogbow did not last long and disappeared within five minutes.

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