February 2013: Search out the various beautiful phenomena the Sun and your shadow can create.
December 21, 2012
|In 1748, Spanish explorer Antonio de Ulloa (1716–1795) and six other travelers each observed a colorful atmospheric phenomenon around their distorted shadows on a thin cloud in the distance. As French astronomer and science popularizer Camille Flammarion explained in his 1872 book, L’Atmosphère (“The Atmosphere”): “The image was in the centre of three rainbows of different colors, and surrounded at a certain distance by a fourth bow with only one color. … All these bows were perpendicular to the horizon; they moved in the direction of, and followed, the image of the person whom they enveloped as with a glory.”|
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