Wednesday, 10 August 2011

The Rainbow Sun

Yesterday was a typical Scottish summer's day.

No, not the wet kind.

It was warm and sunny, but with the odd cloud here and there just to remind you where you were.

After dinner the boys were outside playing with their friends from next door, when one of them came running inside asking for the camera.

'Come quick, mum, you need to see the rainbow sun!'

The what?

'There's a rainbow round the sun!'

The clouds had rolled in a but more by now, and they were right. There was a sort of rainbow around the sun. You could still see the sun through the evening clouds, and around that there seemed to be a faint rainbow shining.

I've never seen that before. 

There was no rain in the area, like you would normally have with a 'proper' rainbow, but obviously the sun was shining through the vapour in the clouds and the reflection was causing the rainbow.

Does anyone have any better meteorogical knowledge than I do and know what it's proper name is?

Whatever it is called, it was quite beautiful.

Psalm 19 verse 1


  1. O, Kirsteen, how cool! Thanks for sharing that...I will have to ask my bro-who-knows-everything if he knows what a "rainbow sun" is scientifically called! :)

  2. What neat pictures!!
    I've never seen that.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Awesome! I love rainbows! They always make me think of God's faithfulness and his promise.


    Try looking up this site........I think that it's a 22 degree halo generated by refraction of fairly high up ice crystals!!...........or you could say that "the heavens declare the Glory of God"!!
    Alasdair Roberts (Anncris's other half!)

  5. Cool! I actually was going to say "it's like a halo!!" but I had no idea how close I was to the answer! It's beautiful! And I LOVE rainbows! Special reminders of God's promises.

  6. Oh Wow I have seen this myself before but have felt quiet puzzled by it too! But your pictures of it is even more amazing then what I have seen.

    PRAISE the LORD!


  7. That is amazing. I've seen it once before and I remember hearing what exactly is was. Of course, I haven't a clue now, so I'd go with Mr Robert' answer!
    But as yourself and others have said, 'The heavens declare the glory of God'...


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