'Fire rainbows' are a rare phenomenon that only occur when the Sun is higher than 58° above the horizon and its light passes through cirrus clouds made of ice crystals. At the right alignment, the ice crystals act as a prism, and refract the light to look like a rainbow.

'Fire rainbows' are a rare phenomenon that only occur when the Sun is higher than 58° above the horizon and its light passes through cirrus clouds made of ice crystals. At the right alignment, the ice crystals act as a prism, and refract the light to look like a rainbow.

Photo: Rare 'fire rainbow' spotted in Florida sky

Photo: Rare 'fire rainbow' spotted in Florida sky

Fire Rainbow Ken Rotberg/WPTV Otherwise known as iridescent clouds, "fire rainbows" are a result of uniformly water-filled clouds diffracting light. Photographer Ken Rotberg took this great example of one above Delray Beach, Florida on Tuesday.

This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it’s the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover. Freakishly weird!

This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it’s the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover. Freakishly weird!

Osmium twinning / Osmium is a hard, brittle, blue-gray or blue-black transition metal in the platinum family & is the densest naturally occurring element, with a density of (slightly greater than that of iridium & twice that of lead).

Noctilucent clouds, crystals of ice hanging around 50 miles high in the atmosphere that catch the light of the sun long after it has set on the horizon.

Unusual clouds - in pictures

Noctilucent clouds, crystals of ice hanging around 50 miles high in the atmosphere that catch the light of the sun long after it has set on the horizon.

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