17 Amazing Optical Phenomena on Sky, Photos and VIDEO


view photo gallery buttonStrange and beautiful optical phenomena occurring in the sky. This phenomenon Sun and Moon halo , light pillars, aurora, winter rainbow .. 

Strange and beautiful optical phenomena occurring in the sky. This phenomenon Sun and Moon halo , light pillars, aurora, winter rainbow


Amazing Optical Phenomena on Sky, Photos and VIDEO
Hole Punch clouds above Sacramento, CA 
This is my first time ever seen this phenomenon - it is cool. but according to internet sources, it is not that rare by cnriver2002


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A ring of light surrounding a snow-covered tree. Atmospheric ice crystals refract late evening sunlight and create a ring of light known as a halo, nimbus, icebow, or gloriole. by Andy Thomas
This is a natural optical phenomenon found at very cold temperatures. Erzgeb, Germany

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A rare rainbow-like optical phenomenon, called an infralateral arc, above Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. "Infralateral arcs form when sun light enters horizontally oriented, rod-shaped hexagonal ice crystals through a hexagonal base and exits through one of the prism sides." by Mark Scott Abeln

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Light pillars are a kind of optical phenomenon which is formed by the reflection of sunlight or moonlight by ice crystals that are present in the Earth's atmosphere. by © Magnus Lögdberg
Light pillars have also been known to produce false UFO reports. Niagara Falls is one such area, where the mist from the Niagara Falls causes the phenomenon to appear frequently during the winter months, where the ice crystals interact with the city's many upward facing spotlights to create prominent light pillars. 

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Rainbow clouds, circumhorizontal arc and sundogs by Daniel M Shih
A circumhorizontal arc is an optical phenomenon similar in appearance to a rainbow, caused by the refraction of light through the ice crystals in cirrus clouds. It occurs only when the sun is high in the sky, at least 58° above the horizon. The phenomenon is quite rare, since the ice crystals must be aligned horizontally (instead of the more typical vertical alignment) to reflect.

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Moonlight Tower - Lunar Halo, Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland by Gary Woodburn
This optical phenomenon, often known as a 22° halo or winter halo, forms as moonlight is refracted in millions of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. 

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Crystal Pillar Sunset over Liscannor Bay by Geoff Holland
Crystals in the Air 'Sun pillars will sprout the top of the sun when light reflects of the undersides of plate-like crystals in the air" Chasing the Sun by Richard Cohen

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Beautiful iridescent clouds by Richard Sneddon

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Sun Halo (optical phenomenon) - "winter rainbow" by Beata Bernat

Amazing Optical Phenomena on Sky, Photos and VIDEO
Ice Crystal Rainbow by RiRi Burke

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Forgotten Souls by Azat Akhyarov
–23°C outside. Light pillars over the city as a result of light reflection from ice crystals in the sky.

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Invasion by Michael Cummins
Spaceships move silently across Andalusia in a January dawn raid. These are, in fact, illuminated lenticular clouds with the added bonus of a 'sun pillar'. Quote: A sun pillar is a vertical shaft of light extending upward or downward from the sun. Typically seen during sunrise or sunset, sun pillars form when sunlight reflects off the surfaces of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds (like cirrostratus clouds).

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The Night of Auroras by Jyrki Liikanen; Nature Art and Wildlife Photography

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The Rare Arc by Jonathan Fox
A cropped version of the rare circumhorizon arc as seen on 6/2 over the skies of Spokane. A circumhorizon arc is one of the rarest halos one can witness. First. it requires a very high sun angle of approximately 58 degrees or higher. This restricts the phenomena in northern latitudes around the time of the summer solstice when the sun is reaching its highest elevations.

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Light pillars by Onaka_Suitashi

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Upper Tangent Arc by Dave McGlinchey
At first I thought it was a Parry arc, I wish !! it's an Upper Tangent Arc. After looking at some other pics I took it was clear to me, still a rare thing.

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The "green flash" is an elusive atmospheric phenomenon that can be seen under certain conditions at the precise moment that the sun dips below the horizon. by Ron Wolf
The effect is caused by the refraction of light through the atmosphere. Shorter wavelengths of light, such as the green portion of the spectrum, are refracted more sharply and follow a slightly longer path through the atmosphere. They reach the eye a fraction of a second later, causing a brief burst of green light to appear as the sun disappears below the horizon. The green flash occurs only when the air is exceptionally clear for a great distance. The full process unfolds within one to two seconds. Seen at Moss Landing State Beach. Moss Landing, Monterey Co., Calif.