A gorgeous — and almost unheard of — fire rainbow was caught on camera in the skies over South Carolina on Sunday, and the results are spectacular.
The phenomenon, which is known as circumhorizontal arcs, occurs when a strict set of conditions come together, according to WCSC meteorologist Justin Lock.
“To produce the rainbow colors, the sun’s rays must enter the ice crystals at a precise angle to give the prism effect of the color spectrum,” he said, noting that the sun has to be at least 58 degrees above the horizon. “Again, it has to do with getting the precise angle.”
But spectators didn’t care about the science behind it as they marveled in its brilliant beauty.
Check out some of the photos below via WCSC.
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