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The circumhorizon arc or 'rainbow clouds. This amazingly beautiful natural phenomenon can be observed when the sun rises high in the sky. The rays of the sun when it passes through high-altitude clouds composed of ice crystals in the form of hexagons. The sunlight is refracted in these crystals in bizarre way, and as a result, we see “fire rainbow”. This phenomenon is not local, it can extend over several hundred square miles

Light passing through the hexagonal ice prisms is deflected twice, which produces deviation angles ranging from 22° to 50°. Lesser deviation results in a brighter halo along the inner edge of the circle, while greater deviation contribute to the weaker outer part of the halo. As no light is refracted at smaller angles than 22° the sky is darker inside the halo.

from Mail Online

Surrounded by the sun: Stunning image shows boy watching solar eclipse... taken from 1.5 miles away

Surrounded by the sun: Stunning image shows boy watching solar eclipse... taken from 1.5 miles away -- wow

from Fine Art America

Hear My Voice Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Ian David Soar

When Venus Rises with the Sun (June 8 2012) Image Credit & Copyright: Emil Ivanov This dramatic telephoto view across the Black Sea on June 6 finds Venus rising with the Sun, the planet in silhouette against a ruddy and ragged solar disk. Of course, the reddened light is due to scattering in planet Earth's atmosphere and the rare transit of Venus didn't influence the strangely shaped and distorted Sun. In fact, seeing the Sun in the shape of an Etruscan Vase is relatively common (..)…