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Rare ‘upside down’ rainbow spotted in Stamford

A rare upside down rainbow spotted over Stamford on 25 June, photo taken by Isaac Selwyn (13) from Stamford.

A rare upside down rainbow spotted over Stamford on 25 June, photo taken by Isaac Selwyn (13) from Stamford.

A rare weather phenomenon that saw an ‘upside down’ rainbow appear in the sky above Stamford was captured on camera by a Queen Eleanor School pupil.

Isaac Selwyn (13), of Conduit Road, Stamford, saw the phenomenon on Wednesday evening and rushed to photograph it.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” he said. “I looked it up on the internet and it is quite a rare thing as it depends on a particular angle of the sun.”

The circumzenithal arc, or Bravais’ arc, is created by sunlight bouncing off ice crystals high in the atmosphere.

A Met Office spokesman said: “They are seen relatively rarely in the UK but the more defined they are, the rarer they are.”

 

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