Tag: Optical phenomenon

Another Sunday pause

More beautiful pictures.

Many of you ‘Liked’ the pictures from last Sunday’s Small pause today post.  Those pictures were sent to me by Cynthia, wife of long-time friend Dan Gomez.

So I decided to present another set, this time sent to me by Suzann, who is Dan’s sister.  Again, they are beautiful albeit very different images.

Northern Lights Over Teepees

(NORTHERN LIGHTS, YELLOW KNIFE, CANADA )

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Now check out that thermometer!

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Now more beautiful images.

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The next picture is a fire rainbow; the rarest natural phenomenon in the atmosphere.  The picture was taken on the Idaho Washington border and the event lasted for about an hour.

Apparently, the clouds have to be cirrus of an altitude of 20,000 feet with just the right proportion of ice crystals.  Then the sunlight has to illuminate the clouds at precisely 58 degrees to the horizontal.

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Sunset at the North Pole

Another rare picture taken when the moon was closest to the earth. Taken Thursday, the 13th. of March 2011.

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Note how unusual it is to see the sun below the moon!

Thanks Su for sending me the pics.