A rainbow is formed when the sun shines on moisture droplets. A moonbow is formed in a similar fashion, except that the light doesn?t come from the sun; it comes from a full or almost full moon that is low in the sky. Therefore, a moonbow is only seen at night and is very rare.


Solar Halo

A solar halo is another phenomena that is kind of like a rainbow, but the light shines on ice crystals in the upper atmosphere and forms a circle of light around the sun. Occasionally, and much more rarely, a halo can form around the moon or even planets, such as Venus, or brighter stars in the sky.

Mammatus Clouds

Mammatus clouds are usually associated with thunderstorms. They are so named because they look similar to a woman?s breasts, or mammaries. It is not entirely understood how these clouds form, but they are usually made almost entirely out of ice; and the formations can be hundreds of miles wide.

St. Elmo?s Fire

St. Elmo?s Fire occurs when an object becomes electrically charged during a thunderstorm. The object then discharges the electricity in a burst of plasma that is visible to the human eye. Many objects are susceptible to St. Elmo?s Fire, such as airplane wings (pictured above), boat masts, lightning rods, chimneys and mountain tops.

Raining Animals

It?s not just a tale in the Bible; animals have been known to rain down throughought history. Scientists aren?t entirely certain what causes this strange phenomena, but one theory involves the animals getting caught up in a waterspout, a small tornado-like funnel that forms over water. The animals are sucked up into a cloud and then dumped out in a different location. Many different animals have been rained down, including frogs, birds, fish, bats and worms. Usually the animals are killed in the process, either from the fall or after being frozen in the cloud.


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