Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Weather Illusions

Weather generally refers to the atmospheric phenomenon or meteorological conditions within a planet that prevail over a shorter time period. Sometimes such incidents occur within the surface of that earth that cannon properly be explained, which are caused by unusual weather activity or individuals imaginations.
The most common of weather illusions are mirage, rainbows, halo, Northern lights, and so on. Rainbows are are one of the
most interesting weather illusory phenomena. A rainbow is an optical phenomenon which occurs when the sunlight shines through droplets of water or raindrops within the earth's atmosphere. The spectrum of of light in the sky is visible to the naked eye when sun rays fall or the raindrops of water within the earths atmosphere. A rainbow takes the form of a multicolored arc, with the colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. A moonbow (a rainbow reflected off the surface of the moon rather then direct sunlight), lunar rainbow or nighttime rainbow can rarely be seen on strongly moonlit nights. Although humans visual perception for color is poor in low light, which moonbows are often perceived to be white.
A mirage is another naturally occurring optical phenomenon, where light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky. What the images of a mirage represent are determined by the human mind. An example could be inferior images on land are easily mistaken as bodies of water.


  1. I love rainbows! I think it is amazing how they occur. I wonder why or how they take form of an arc?

  2. I never knew how rainbows actually formed until reading your post. It was very intriguing to see that a rainbow is an optical phenomenon, which occurs when the sun shines through drops of water within the Earth's atmosphere. Some other interesting points that were talked about consisted of a Moonbow and a Mirage, which both seem very intricate and works of art that are naturally created by Earth.

  3. I too never knew how a rainbow formed and I think they are pretty awesome. I saw an awesome one on sunday and it was amazing!

  4. I also am amazed by the formation of the rainbow and other water illusions. I think that it is a beautiful creation for our naked eyes to see. Even when you think you rainbow is beautiful, theres always the chance of seeing a double rainbow or an upside down rainbow!

  5. I don't get how rainbows work! I just saw one yesterday and it looked like it was soo close to me but my girlfriend who was like a half hour away said that it looked like it was very close to her as well! So I thought that was cool and that rainbows are so incredible to be able to seen anywhere like the moon:


    This One is From Florida Pretty with the ring around the sun: