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Fire in the sky. Images of Canberra

johnboy 25 May 2012 10


Don has sent in these striking pictures last night with this note:

Was out taking sunrise shots this morning…and saw this unusual light in a distant cloud. It was brilliantly white with a red tinge.

Wonder if anyone can shed any ‘light’ on what might have caused this phenomenon.

Shots were taken from the south bank of LBG west of the Canberra Yacht Club at about 7:12 am, Thursday 24/05/2012


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10 Responses to Fire in the sky. Images of Canberra
Jethro 11:57 pm 25 May 12

Weather balloon

jawm 11:06 pm 25 May 12

Coincidentally I saw a similar shot a couple of weeks back (in that case from Canada).

Here is the link:

Nice photo btw :-)

pikiran_keruh 3:42 pm 25 May 12

Mr Scott, warp factor 5...

Jivrashia 3:11 pm 25 May 12

Atmosphere with the right amount of dew in it acting as a magnifying glass, focusing the ray on the sun on a single point which is the cloud that appears on fire.

And now for something requiring deeper contemplation...

Is it beer o'clock yet??

(after a few pints we won't be giving a figg what that is other than it looks beautiful)

EvanJames 11:59 am 25 May 12

Probably some water crystals in the cloud, causing more reflection.

Mysteryman 11:47 am 25 May 12

[quote comment="408147"]It's just the sun hitting that cloud at just the right angle to highlight it. Probably also through a gap in other clouds[/quote]

+1. Nothing very tricky about it but it does look impressive.

Keijidosha 11:15 am 25 May 12

I'd be very interested to know what causes this phenomenon too. A few months back I spotted the same thing on a larger scale and couldn't comprehend the cause.

deye 10:53 am 25 May 12

It's just the sun hitting that cloud at just the right angle to highlight it. Probably also through a gap in other clouds

sarahsarah 10:43 am 25 May 12

End of days! End of days!

Whatever it is, it's pretty.

Holden Caulfield 10:36 am 25 May 12

I only believe in gay marriage if both chicks are hot. Oops, sorry, wrong one...


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