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I saw this yesterday and thought it was pretty COOL... Answered

I went out to the car yesterday at around mid-day and saw what I THOUGHT was the light of the sun refracting off the trunk lid of my car......I WAS WRONG.    

I looked up into the nearly cloudless (except in one area) sunny sky, and saw two large clouds "near" each other; with a HUGE bright rainbow in between them.

This is the first time I have EVER seen a rainbow in a sunny, rainless, snowless day.

Below is a Close up and a normal sized picture of the bow. 
 
 In the second picture, there is a speck up there,  that is a crow, IIRC.

 

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Plasmana (author)2010-03-06

I have seen a full circle rainbow a LONG time ago on a sunny day with a few fluff of high floating clouds, when I first saw it, I was like "wtf, you can't have a circle rainbow!"

Until now, it is true! :O

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Kryptonite (author)Plasmana2010-03-07

I saw an almost complete circle and had to ask some one to see if I was imagining it.

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Plasmana (author)Kryptonite2010-03-08

Lol, I did not had anyone around, by the time I find someone, it would be gone.. :)

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Kryptonite (author)Plasmana2010-03-09

Should have taken a picture. So should I for that matter.

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Plasmana (author)Kryptonite2010-03-20

I should of... Oh well, if I ever see it again, I'll shoot it

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Kryptonite (author)Plasmana2010-03-23

"Do you think the guy from the photography studio meant for us to take pictures of dogs when he said "shoot them"?"

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Plasmana (author)Kryptonite2010-03-23

emm, yes!
I got that from my dad when he used to work in a studio as a camera man :)

Why camera men and photograhpers often use the word 'shoot'?

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Goodhart (author)Plasmana2010-03-23

it's because "shoot" is much nicer then.....oh wait,  I am off topic again.  :-)

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2010-03-24

Isn't this how the majority of threads go?

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2010-03-10
no just smiling at your comment ;-) 
 

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Goodhart (author)Plasmana2010-03-07
Yeah, Kelsey mentions having seen one too.
 

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sunshiine (author)2010-03-07

These are interesting pictures!

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Goodhart (author)sunshiine2010-03-07
It was one of the coolest things I have seen in awhile, for sure :-) 
 

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Kiteman (author)2010-03-05

That haze is probably high-altitude ice crystals.

I've seen similar, but not with such clear colours.

Nice.

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2010-03-05
Yes, that is what I thought too..... I had lots of time to point it out to the wife, and neighbors (not all of which were so very impressed as I was, but what the hey, eh? :-) 
 

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I am very impressed, that is soooo cool!

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If I hadn't looked down at the trunk lid before opening it, I'd never have seen it :-) 
 

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Rock Soldier (author)2010-03-05

Cool, now I can truthfully say I've seen an upside rainbow (or high-altitude ice crystals)

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Goodhart (author)Rock Soldier2010-03-05

To be honest,  because it was "directly overhead"   upside down just means I was facing towards it descent, rather then tuned to the opposite pole would would make it look mornal (almost).

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Goodhart (author)Rock Soldier2010-03-05

Yeah, definately ice crystals, from cloud to cloud, and inverted because the sun was in front of me but still fairly high in the sky,  and not behind. 

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CameronSS (author)2010-03-05

I think that this is technically an ice halo, not a rainbow, if it's directly overhead...a rainbow has to have the sun behind you. There's nice photographic explanations of all sorts of atmospheric phenomena on that site.

Still quite cool, though. :D

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Goodhart (author)CameronSS2010-03-05

Yeah, I didn't know any other way to describe it...but I say it was "rainless" and snowless :-) 

Still it wasn't something I'd ever seen before, so I was kind of excited :-) 

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caitlinsdad (author)2010-03-05

 I think the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow in NYC just got mugged...

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2010-03-05

This leprechaun would have to be flying though......

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Goodhart (author)kelseymh2010-03-05
Physics or no, it was still very cool to me (both literally and figuratively).
 

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kelseymh (author)Goodhart2010-03-05

Oh, yeah!  I've seen a similar effect on a flight to Europe, where it was almost a full circle.  It is really stunning.

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Goodhart (author)kelseymh2010-03-05
Ooo, I bet it was.
I have seen tiny little ones, in circular fashion, behind a motor boat, but none so far away and so large.
 

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