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Atmospheric optics is a collective name for everything having to do with light and color in the atmosphere, which includes subjects on the ground. Of all this, everybody knows the rainbow; other examples are the sunset colors, the flattening of the low sun, the occasional solar rays, and the light curtains of Aurora. But there is a vast number of phenomena which you may or may not have heard of. This gallery contains photos of a number of them. If you ever saw something strange in the sky and wondered what it was, chances are that you'll find the answer here.

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Note: some galleries may be empty or contain broken links to photos. I am still in the process of adding new galleries and photos.

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Ice crystal halos Expand this category

Light in water droplets Expand this category

Sunrise and sunset
High-level cloud coloring
Low-level cloud coloring
Mid-level cloud coloring
Precipitation colors

Twilight phenomena Expand this category

Light scattering Expand this category

Diffraction phenomena Expand this category

Atmospheric refraction Expand this category

Reflection phenomena Expand this category

Various phenomena Expand this category

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