The Natural Phenomenon of Fire Rainbows

We’ve all seen rainbows before, but have you ever heard of a phenomena called a fire rainbow? The proper term for it is circumhorizontal arc and it’s actually an optical phenomena – a ice-halo formed by plate-shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds.

‘What is happening here is that on sunny afternoons, cumulus clouds boil upwards, pushing layers of moist air above them even higher where they cool and condense to form cloud caps or ‘pileus’ (Latin for cap),” explains Atmospheric Optics Expert Dr Les Cowley. “When pileus clouds form very quickly, their water droplets tend to be all the same size, the perfect condition for iridescent colors.’

deviantART photographer daslasher1 was in the perfect spot at the perfect time to capture fire rainbows high up in the sky. How often this beautiful “smeared rainbow” is seen depends both on the location and the latitude of the observer. In the United States, it is a relatively common occurrence seen several times each summer. In contrast, it is rare sight in northern Europe.

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January 18, 2017

25 Animals Who Have Mastered the Art of Taking the Perfect Selfie

The term selfie hasn’t been around for that long, but it’s already deeply ingrained into our society. A selfie is one way to show off your impeccable fashion, as well as proof that you did something (or met someone) cool. It’s even turned into a viable career option for a few lucky people—Kim Kardashian published an entire book dedicated hers, so this style of self-portraiture is definitely here to stay.

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