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A rainbow photographed on lake Ihalanjärvi, Ruokolahti

A rainbow photographed on lake Ihalanjärvi, Ruokolahti

Bird of Paradise in Johannesburg, South Africa. Behind My Garden Gate

Bird of Paradise in Johannesburg, South Africa. Behind My Garden Gate

The supernumeraries are the closely spaced greenish purple arcs on the inner (blue) side of the primary bow. Captured at Hedeviken in Sweden after a heavy shower, August 1999 - by Mark Nankman

The supernumeraries are the closely spaced greenish purple arcs on the inner (blue) side of the primary bow. Captured at Hedeviken in Sweden after a heavy shower, August 1999 - by Mark Nankman

This fire rainbow, scientifically known as a circumhorizon arc, works as all rainbows-through refraction.  As a halo works, it reflects off of hexagonal ice crystals to produce this optical illusion as it separates and refracts.

This fire rainbow, scientifically known as a circumhorizon arc, works as all rainbows-through refraction. As a halo works, it reflects off of hexagonal ice crystals to produce this optical illusion as it separates and refracts.

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