Photo of Rare "Fire Rainbow" Seen at Jersey Shore


Beach goers and internet surfers were delighted by a photo of a fire rainbow shared on Twitter.

Twitter user, @packyM, shared the pic of the rare phenomenon seen on the Jersey Shore.

According to ABC, contrary to the name, this beautiful site is neither fire nor is it a rainbow:

Technically they are known as a circumhorizontal arc, an ice halo formed by hexagonal, plate-shaped ice crystals in high-level cirrus clouds. The halo is so large that the arc appears parallel to the horizon, hence the name.
These appear mostly during the summer and only in particular latitudes. When the sun is very high in the sky, sunlight entering flat, hexagon-shaped ice crystals gets split into individual colors just like in a prism.


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