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    A rainbow, or "sundog" in cirrus clouds, which are comprised of ice. Unlike rainbows, which are reflective (from the inside surfaces of falling raindrops) , sundogs appear in the same direction as the sun, within a circle around it. These can be seen from the ground, but always appear far away, because cirrus clouds exist only at stratospheric altitudes. Since we were flying at 25,000 feet at this time, we were beside or inside the very clouds producing the rainbows.

    Yandle, Daniele Muscetta, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Daniele Muscetta 80 months ago | reply

      wow this is so beautiful!

    2. avaDarlene 80 months ago | reply

      wow wow again

    3. amorcitos 80 months ago | reply

      holy cow - brilliant!

    4. björnt [deleted] 80 months ago | reply

      Excellent photograhy, you really deserved an award !

      Would you perhaps allow these spectacular parhelia images to be linked or uploaded to these following websites ?

      www.atoptics.co.uk/index.htm
      www.meteoros.de/indexe.htm

      Parhelia images are not often made from an aircraft at the same height as the cirrus clouds, that makes these images very special.

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