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Sky Anomaly

  • 5 Suns Appear in the Sky Over Ivory Coast, Africa

    Residents of many cities in the district of Denguélé have reported seeing 5 suns in the sky!

    Sunrise seekers in Ivory Coast, Africa, were greeted with an epic sky phenomenon as they witnessed “five suns” apparently hanging above the horizon.

    Seen here as captured in the sky over Samatiguila:

    Another mesmerizing video of the strange sky phenomenon was shared from Fanfala, a small village in northern Côte d’Ivoire, just a few tens of kilometers away from Samatiguila:

    The scientific explanation of the phenomenon is an elaborate optical illusion that requires temperatures of -20°C.

    The illusion is also known as phantom sun or ice halo. In some countries, it is also called a “sun dog”, but its official name is the parhelia.

    Such bright spots in the sky appearing on either side and around the sun, are formed by refraction of sunlight through ice crystals high in the atmosphere.

    The weird sky phenomenon appeared on May 26, 2020, the exact same day, the protests, rioting and looting have begun in Minneapolis after the tragic death of George Floyd.

  • Rare Blood Rainbow Appears Over Calgary, Canada

    Rainbows are normally red, yellow, green and blue – in short, all the colors of a rainbow.

    But the rainbow Harlan Thomas photographed near Calgary, Alberta, on June 8th was mainly blood red.

    Image above: People in Calgary, Alberta were treated to a spectacular sunset last night which featured an unusual blood rainbow that stretched across the orangered-tinted sky. Picture: Harlan Thomas via Spaceweathergallery

    I was hoping to find some noctilucent clouds and decided to leave a bit early to catch the sunset,” says Thomas. “As I was shooting the setting sun, I looked over my shoulder and my mouth dropped to my knees. There was a rainbow that looked close enough to touch!

    What made the rainbow red?

    It was the only color available. All of the other colors of the rainbow had been scattered away by air molecules and dust particles in front of the low-hanging sun.

    Indeed, at sunrise and sunset, the sun’s rays are forced to travel through more of the Earth’s atmosphere. Particles in the atmosphere scatters some of the light but light at the red end of the spectrum is less affected – this is why sunsets are red.

    Rainbows are formed when rays of light travel through raindrops and are reflected off the back of individual drops. When the light is largely red at sunrise or sunset, it follows that rainbows are also redder.

    At certain times there are more particles in the atmosphere and this scatters more light. All colors disappear, except red… And the rainbow appears blood red.

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