Fire Rainbow Illuminates The Sky In A Multi-Colored Ball Of Light

NewsflarePublished: October 9, 20172,507 views
Published: October 9, 2017

Thailand was treated to a rare weather phenomenon as an apparent "fire rainbow" lit up the sky. Weather watchers were treated to the multi-coloured glow that left them dazzled.

The stunning scene may also have been cloud iridescence. Both phenomena can be caused by the refraction of light through ice crystals, or in the case of iridescence, by water droplets. For iridescence to occur clouds must be thin so the sun's rays encounter very little water.

A rare phenomenon of a fire rainbow was captured on camera in the skies of Chiang Mai province in Thailand by onlooker Morgan Chakkaew. The phenomenon which is known as circumhorizontal arc is believed to be caused by sunlight shining through tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. Fire rainbows are formed when the sun rises above 58 degrees in the sky. Also, a circumhorizontal arc is formed when the right type of cloud and sun shines at a certain angle to create the colorful sky.

This amazing phenomenon looks like a stunning rainbow which is actually a glowing ball of light in the sky. Everybody who looked up at the sky experienced this beautiful sight. It was a very powerful view like special effects from a science fiction movie.

Sadly only some locations in the world have a chance of experiencing this magical phenomenon. Places that have a mid-latitude and is close to the equator have more chances to see a fire rainbow. However, the formation also depends on weather conditions and the right type of cloud in the sky. The United States witnesses many circumhorizontal arcs during summer. Northern Europe rarely witnesses the phenomenon as sun generally does not has an elevation of more than 58 degrees.

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