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Amazing Photo: 'Fire Rainbow'

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 02:28 PM

So-called "fire rainbows" are neither on fire nor are they rainbows, but they sure are stunning.

They are technically known as iridescent clouds, a relatively rare phenomenon caused by clouds of water droplets of nearly uniform size, according to a release by NASA. These clouds diffract, or bend, light in a similar manner, which separates out light into different wavelengths, or colors.


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Posted 03 August 2012 - 02:39 PM

So pretty, would love to see some of those in person.

(Englishgent posted a photo of some he saw in the Natural Phenomena Gallery here I believe)

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 03:00 PM

Yes Sarah, I did post one the other day in the gallery.  :)
The one shown in the above link is a beautiful photograph.
I have added another couple of mine below.. We get these clouds occuring quite often specially during the monsoon season as they form above thunder clouds. If the sun is setting behind the thunder cloud you get perfect conditions for irridescence. :)

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:14 PM


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Posted 03 August 2012 - 07:37 PM


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