Tag Archive: optics

Fata Morgana is a complex form of superior mirage that is seen in a narrow band right above the horizon. It can make distant ships, buildings, or land masses appear to be floating in the air.


Destin of SmarterEveryDay discovers some cool optical effects and learns about total internal reflection, which is what makes fiber optic cable work.


Pic of the Day – 2/2/19

This wavy bookstore flooring is brilliant way to keep kids from running in the store!


A variety of rare ice halo phenomena including rare suncave and sunvex Parry arcs, helic arcs, and intense supralateral and infralateral arcs. Taken on January 9, 2015 mover Red River, New Mexico, by photographer Joshua Thomas.

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Optical phenomena: 22° and 46° halos, a tangent arc, a parry arc, a circumzenithal arc, and a parhelic circle. Photographed in Greenland by Murray Fredericks.

A “glory” optical effect, visible only from an airplane.

glory from plane

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