Circumzenithal Phenomena spotted over Fair Oak

A rainbow smile

A rainbow smile

There are strange omens in the sky over Fair Oak . Eastleigh News contributor Peter Stewart spotted this fine example of a circumzenithal rainbow earlier this evening.

This is either a sign from the Lord that he is happy with the state of things in the borough or else it is a naturally occurring optical phenomen caused by light refracting through high altitude ice crystals – normal rainbows are caused by water droplets.

Usually found in arctic regions, it is quite rare to see a  circumzenithal rainbow this far south.

  4 comments for “Circumzenithal Phenomena spotted over Fair Oak

  1. peter stewart
    September 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    When I first saw this I was puzzled as it was in the cirrus cloud which I had always understood produced only white halos (rather than rainbows). Then I noticed the rainbow was upside down, i.e. not concentric with the sun. I’ve been cloud watching all my life and never seen one before. Is this the celestial equivalent of hanging the Union Jack upside down? What an omen!

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    September 9, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    You don’t get photo exclusives like this in the
    Echo…

  3. Matthew Myatt
    September 10, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Wow, I would have given my right arm to have caught that on my camera. Well done Peter, what a cracking picture. I hope you made a few quid from it.??

  4. Mary Young
    September 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Amazing photo, Pete x

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