14 light phenomena in photos

A selection of 14 of the most beautiful natural phenomena associated with the play of light.

Rainbow wall

Rare atmospheric phenomenon, also known as "rainbow fire" occurs when refraction horizontal sunlight rising or setting sun across the horizontally disposed cloud ice crystals. The result is a kind of wall, painted in different colors of the rainbow. Picture taken in Washington skies in 2006.

14 light phenomena in photos

Halo

Solar rays are reflected from the ice crystals, angled 22 ° with respect to the sun, clouds in altitude. Different positions of ice crystals may cause modification halo. In cold days there may be the effect of "diamond dust", in this case the sun's rays are repeatedly reflected from the ice crystals.

14 light phenomena in photos

contrails planes

Jets exhausts and vortex flows at high altitudes are converted into water ice particles. Long white streaks in the sky is not that other, as water droplets in suspension.

14 light phenomena in photos

Twilight rays

Solar rays of the sun passing through the gaps in the clouds form a clear visible separate beams of sunlight. Very often, these sun rays can be seen in a variety of science fiction films. This photo was taken in one of the national parks of Utah.

14 light phenomena in photos

Northern Lights

Northern Lights - collision in the upper atmosphere sunlight with charged particles of the magnetic field of the Earth gases.

14 light phenomena in photos

Star trails

A clear demonstration of the earth's rotation. This phenomenon can not be seen with the naked eye. To get a picture, you need to put the camera on a long exposure. The picture shows only the North Star, located almost above the axis of the Earth, remains almost immovable.

14 light phenomena in photos

White Rainbow

Picture taken at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The small size of the air drops of water makes it impossible for the decomposition of sunlight on the colors of the spectrum, so the rainbow in white only.

14 light phenomena in photos

Buddha Light

This photo is made in China. The phenomenon is similar to the "Brocken specter". The sun's rays are reflected from atmospheric water droplets over the sea, a shadow in the middle of a circle of rainbow reflected beams - a shadow of the plane.

14 light phenomena in photos

Inverted rainbow

This unusual rainbow appears also as a result of the refraction of sunlight through ice crystals which are only in certain parts of the clouds.

14 light phenomena in photos

Mirage

Very common atmospheric phenomenon. It can be observed not only in the desert, but also on the road in the sultry heat. This phenomenon is produced as a result of refraction of sunlight through the "lens" constituted cooler layers (at the surface) and warm (lies above) air. This unique lens is reflected by the object, which are located above the horizon, in this case the sky. Picture taken in Thuringia (Germany).

14 light phenomena in photos

Iridescent clouds

The rays of the setting sun at the right angle "stumble" on the water droplets of the clouds. As a result of diffraction (bending of sunlight water droplets) and the interference of sunlight (decomp sunlight on the spectra) as in Photoshop, clouds figure poured gradient fill.

14 light phenomena in photos

Next rocket exhausts

Trail from a rocket fired by the US Air Force in California. Air currents blowing at different altitudes at different rates, causing distortion of the track rocket exhausts. Atmospheric water droplets melted ice crystals also cause decomposition of sunlight on different colors of the rainbow.

14 light phenomena in photos

Phantom of Brocken, Germany

This phenomenon is observed foggy morning. Prismatic solar disk appears in front of the sun, as a result of the reflection of sunlight from the mist of water droplets. Curious triangular shadow, tearing iridescent disk of reflected sunlight - the projection of the upper surface of the clouds.

14 light phenomena in photos

The zodiacal light

The zodiacal light is very often masks the moonlight and artificial light cities. In calm, moonless night in the nature likelihood that you will see the zodiacal light, is quite high. This phenomenon occurs as a result of the reflection of sunlight from particles of cosmic dust surrounding the Earth.

14 light phenomena in photos