This is a Fire Rainbow, one of the rarest weather phenomenon on Earth. In order for this effect to be achieved the clouds have to be Cirrus and 2kms high, and there must be a sufficient density of ice crystals in the air in order to refract and reflect the sunlight. The crystals need to be fairly large and plate-shaped. The sunlight then needs to strike the crystals at exactly 58 degrees, and voila! One of the most beautiful things I’ve never seen. This gorgeous optical phenomenon is also known as a Circumhorizontal arc or ice-halo. Variations of the phenomenon include the Infralateral arc and the Supralateral arc.
- RT @JacquesR: Good to see that @ogodorgza has instituted legal action re. public schools that are explicitly religious: http://t.co/QtN17BD… 3 hours ago
- huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/28/ros… Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater', about a journalist who was arrested and tortured in Iran, gets its first trailer 7 hours ago
- apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140901.… Airglow: The unusual pattern is created by atmospheric gravity waves & chemiluminescence. http://t.co/FY4EC2MVGb 7 hours ago
- Stationary vehicle in the right lane right at the top of the Sable Road onramp coming into town. Seriously screwing with my spring vibes. 23 hours ago
- Legal threats like this "are blatant attempts to silence critics of the harms done by these religious & superstitious beliefs & rituals." 1 day ago
Keep an eye on:Free Society Institute South Africa. A non-profit society encouraging skepticism and secularism in South Africa.
Astronomy picture of the day archive by NASA. This is one of my all-time favourite sites. I visit it every single day & so should you.
Bad Astronomer Phil Plait blogs at Slate.
Astronomy Education is a compilation of direct links to homepages of different astronomy and space websites.