Rainbow surprise for family

A circumzenithal arc pictured in the sky over March.
A circumzenithal arc pictured in the sky over March.
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THE Spencer family in March were lucky enough to catch this glimpse of a meteorological phenomenon on Thursday.

At just after 6.30pm, Aaron (10) and Bradley Spencer (11) were playing in their garden when they spotted what they thought was a rainbow.

Mum Stephanie thought they must be mistaken as it was fine and warm, but then saw the ‘inverted rainbow’. Daughter Chloe (14) grabbed the camera and managed to snap it before it faded.

The circumzenithal arc is an optical phenomenon similar in appearance to a rainbow, but it appears from refraction of sunlight through horizontally-oriented ice crystals, rather than from raindrops.

Its colours are purer than those of the rainbow because there is much less colour overlap in its formation.