Smile In the Sky

I took these pictures from my deck in my back yard Monday evening (Labor Day) at approximately 5:30 PM in North Norwich, NY. This is a rare site and usually is only observed at the North and South Poles. This is an inverted rainbow, also referred to as "A Smile in the Sky" which is caused by tiny ice crystals reflecting light from the setting sun sometimes at altitudes of approximately 25,000 feet in the rarest of atmospheric conditions. Glad to say I have had the oppurtunity to witness this phenomenon in my lifetime!

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Justme says ... on Wednesday, Sep 9 at 12:58 PM

I have a pic of a rainbow just like this from Jan 09.. I didnt know it was so rare ( although it was the first time i have ever seen a rainbow like it)

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