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Rare 'fire rainbow' spotted in skies over South Carolina

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Rare 'fire rainbow' spotted in skies over South Carolina

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/rare-fire-rainbow-spotted-in-sky-over-south-carolina-10462125.html

 

A rare 'fire rainbow' has been sighted in the sky over South Carolina, dazzling viewers for about an hour before fading away.

The display, known as circumhorizontal arcs, occurs when light hits tiny ice crystals in high-level cirrus clouds. The photo was taken by Tiffany B Jenks and posted on Twitter.

Despite the popular name of 'fire rainbow', it has nothing to do with fire. It is the lower part of a large halo of the sun and runs parallel to the horizon.

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