Upside down rainbow?

@ElicBxn (60894)
United States
September 16, 2008 10:12pm CST
This is an amazing sight and there is photo proof it happened. It is a rare sight and so beautiful! I would love to see this with my own 2 eyes. I really feel for my roommate who only sees a bright streak because she has no color vision - so, for those of us who can see it, thank who ever it is you are thanking that you can see this! http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1697937.ece
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Sep 08
Yes we really take so much for granted..like being able to see period and to see in color to boot. I've never even seen a rainbow in person period, let alone an upside down one...thanks for sharing this Elic
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Sep 08
I can't believe you've never seen a rainbow! How horrid! You, as a photorapher, should try to find a way to see on!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
17 Sep 08
Nope never seen one..but then there's not much open spaces around here to get that chance--just lousy apartment buildings
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
17 Sep 08
Oh, GOSH, Pye! NEVER? You gotta DO something about THAT! The only way you really can (except of course, by accident) is to become a dyed-in-the-wool SKY WATCHER! I mean EVERY chance you get, you look! Rainbows (& MOONbows...yes, there IS such a thing) re, after all, not noisy things, so if you want to catch one, you have to watch for one! Or, well, you COULD just go get the sun behind your back & stand in from of a lawn sprinkler, or a fountain.... But those are man-made. Still pretty, but there's something just so _magical_ & AWESOME about one that stretches all across the sky. Better yet, a double or triple one! I've seen MANY double ones, one triple, & ONE that was just concentric circles all the way to the center point. One of the other wonderful things I saw once bears telling of here. I was selling flowers on a street corner, & it was a slow day. I was reading something, so I wasn't paying any attention to ANYthing around me, let alone the sky. Eventually I stopped & stood up to stretch, & out of habit, glanced upward to check out what the ever-changing sky looked like. I was dumbstruck. Literally. Silently, about 15 to 20 feet over my head, was an endless, living, jeweled carpet of Monarch butterflies on their annual migration, & I'd been sitting under this sight obliviously for who knew how long! I looked around, & NO-ONE else had noticed them! I wanted to shout--LOOK UP, everyone! But I didn't. I regret that. If I hadn't been a skywatcher, I would never have known. Look up. Maggiepie
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
17 Sep 08
That is so pretty and so strange. I have never seen anything like that or even heard of an upside down rainbow. I do feel sorry that your roomy and others with that same problem or those who can not see at all for not being able to see the beauty.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Sep 08
isn't that just one of the most beautiful things you have ever seen I know some that can't even see the streaks, so I feel for them even more.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
17 Sep 08
WOW, Elic! I checked, & since it's not April Fool's Day, this is really REAL! Looks like God's own smile. Amazing. Never heard of this phenomenon, & while I've seen many an atmospheric event of note, not this one! And do you remember the day we were in that graveyard in Denton & saw the bow that was BY the sun? That's a pretty rare event, too! Man, am I glad to be a sky watcher! Thanks! Maggiepie
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Sep 08
I remember that so well. I also remember the day I was waiting at a light, looking at the rainbows in the clouds also by the sun when the guy behind me hit me! Then locked himself out of his car! What a fiasco!
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
17 Sep 08
LOL! A "fiasco" from the Gas Co.? Sorry, MyLotters! In joke twixt Elic & I! Maggiepie (who will now go punish herself with 40 lashes) (or a banana popsicle....)
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• Australia
20 Sep 08
What an amazing site that must have been. And the picture was so clear too. I guess the sky was feeling really happy that day, and the rain was happy rain, not sad rain. Hey, usually a rainbow is a frown.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
20 Sep 08
I never thought a rainbow was a frown, I just thought we were looking at it from the WRONG direction.
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• Australia
20 Sep 08
So we really are walking upside down!!! I just thought it was me! lol.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
20 Sep 08
I always figured it was to be seen from God's direction.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
17 Sep 08
Now this is awesome looking. I wished I was near the Polar regions to witness this as well. Thanks for sharing it here. Amazing. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Sep 08
You wish you were near a polar region! (Honestly, I don't like the snow enough to want to live where you do) but I am ever further away so I really doubt I'll ever see one!
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
18 Sep 08
Once in a great while they tell us we are seeing the northern lights here, mostly as a redish glow in the north sky. I do know once during a heavy sunspot activity when I was summering in NJ I did actually see that said redish glow (tho from Point Pleasent Beach you can also see the glow of NYC but that's not red.) I'd love to see the sheets of light of the Aurora Borealis (or the Aurora Austrialius - the southern lights.)
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
17 Sep 08
yes amazing! very unique.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Sep 08
isn't it beautiful! I love rainbows myself
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
17 Sep 08
yes very beautiful.i even copy it.its great and unique.
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@Qaeyious (2362)
• United States
16 Nov 08
While I'm waiting for that link to download, here are three memorable experiences I have had with the phenomena: My mother married an army sergeant when I was nine, and that meant a lot of traveling since. I think it was in Nevada we were crossing a stormy section and on the edge was a rainbow. It was like going through a gateway with the bow as a gate, from gray cloudy weather to more favorable conditions. Ever seen a fog bow? Instead of rain there was a fog out, just outside of Salinas California. There were no colors - it was all white, and it was in the middle of a field less than one hundred yards from me. No, there was no pot of any kind (yes, I tried to check, but of course it kept moving as I got "closer" to it. Or maybe I just didn't have the patience at the time) My favorite was in Texas though. A very clear sky, and up in the sky was a blob of different colors, with no decipherable pattern. I'm thinking obviously a batch of ice crystals - I call it the "scrambled rainbow". That dang page from the Sun is still downloading. Oh well, it will come up eventually unless I lose all patience. My first impression is a hoax, but if the sun was below the horizon and pointing up to a rainy sky, I can see it happening.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Nov 08
It was a phenominon that happens in the artic more than any other place. No, never saw a fog bow, tho I have heard of them.
• Philippines
20 Sep 08
this is really amazing... i wish i can see one and take a photo of if.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
20 Sep 08
I'm glad the lady that did see it was able to take such a nice picture of it, guess its a case of being in the right place at the right time with the right camera and KNOWING what you are seeing!
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
20 Sep 08
Amazing. It would be great to witness something like this in my lifetime. Nature truly is amazing!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
20 Sep 08
Isn't that the truth! I would love to see many things, the Aurora, this kind of rainbow.
• United States
19 Sep 08
Wow now that is so cool
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
20 Sep 08
isn't it so - lovely! beyond cool!
@AmbiePam (50278)
• United States
18 Sep 08
God is so cool. What a neat thing to see, and even more so that someone got to capture it on film! That must have been some treat to see in person. I'd have probably just stood there all day trying to figure out what exactly I was seeing. Because I've never seen anything like it!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
18 Sep 08
Oh, I'd've known I was seeing a rainbow, but I wouldn't have known WHY it looked like it did. Aren't we the lucky ones that a scientiest was the one who saw and captured it on film!
@jerzgirl (8041)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
18 Sep 08
WOW!! How cool was that??? It was like the heavens were smiling!!!! So very unique and beautiful!! I've seen double rainbows and I saw a straightline rainbow once (so did my father and he took a photo of it - it was parallel to the ground and ran north to south in front of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah), but I've never seen a "smilie" rainbow!! I'm so glad they were able to get a photo of it! Thanks for sharing that.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
18 Sep 08
A straightline rainbow - gee - too bad you can't get that online and post it for us, I'm sure it had to do with the angle of the sun/the rain. I have seen some photos of some fairly flat (nearly straight) rainbows. I thought this so interesting that I had to share the artical with all my friends!
• Philippines
18 Sep 08
Good day.. It's a rare phenomenon as stated but it crossed my mine that what we're seeing might be also attributed to global warming? I mean could the two be related somehow. I don't want to think that our planet is turning upside down starting with it's rainbow.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
18 Sep 08
I doubt it is global warming since it is normally a POLAR event - that would be global cooling. I think its just a freakish event and we are lucky it was an astronomer that spotted it!
@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
17 Sep 08
This is really neat. I have never seen or even heard of this happening. Thanks for sharing this url with us.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Sep 08
I'm glad you liked it - I know I did, I love rainbows and have nearly wrecked the car looking at them!
17 Sep 08
Hi ElicBxn, That is so briliant, I hope the picture wasen't doctored, if it is real I think it was great, very unusual and I wish I saw it, thanks for the beautiful picture. Tamara.
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
18 Sep 08
I wish I had seen it too. Since the picture was taken by a scientiest I'm sure it isn't doctored. I have, myself, seen a couple of rainbows in the direction of the sun (the sun being behind the clouds making the rainbows.) So I very much doubt this picture is doctored.
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
17 Sep 08
How interesting! I've never seen anything like that before? Thanks for sharing!
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
17 Sep 08
I have twice seen rainbows toward the sun - because of the clouds that were in front of the sun, but it wasn't easy to see them - I'm a cloud watcher tho.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
16 Nov 08
I think it's pretty neat...I've never seen one before. Thanks for sharing it. [b]~~MY OWN PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF**[/b]
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• United States
19 Sep 08
Wow now that is so cool
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