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January 6, 2013
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Jan 5, 2013, 4:04:51 AM
Circumhorizontal Arc by WillisNinety-Six Circumhorizontal Arc by WillisNinety-Six
I made no edits to this picture, this is what I saw in Palm Springs, CA

But in all seriousness, do any of you guys know what this is? because I've never seen anything like it before. Was there mist in the air, and light shone upon it, or what?

Do NOT use this image for commercial purposes, and do NOT use this image without asking me first.

EDIT: I've come to a conclusion that this is a circumhorizontal arc, thanks to those who commented :)
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kingofraggedy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
"The misleading term "fire rainbow" is sometimes used to describe these phenomena."

Now that's a pretty cool term... Rainbow fire...
Ambercatlucky2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
oh my god rainbow cloud fire!
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Photographer
Not a Circumhorizontal Arc. It's your standard sundog. You can tell by the orientation of the colors :nod: In a Circumhorizontal Arc, the spectrum goes up/down, not left/right.
KairaAethericBeast Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
O.O Woooow.
ParaspriteHugger Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Circumhorizontal arc would be my guess.
challenger88 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As Rainbow Dash got up from her crash from her Sonic Rainboom, she looked at the ground noticing how big the crater was. Something that confused her was that she wasn't hurt, no broken legs, no broken wings, not a bruise, not a scratch. But what really profound her was that, she thought she saw... another world. What was that world? How did that happen? How would that world be different from ours? These questions, and more, pop up in Dashie's head. Her curiosity had risen up to where she wanted to do the Sonic Rainboom again the same way she did it last time, but more powerfully, and enter the other world. But she knew she couldn't, she was the Element of Loyalty and she wasn't going to let her curiosity make her leave Equestria for her own fun. She had to protect Equestria's citizens from future enemies that may disrupt the harmony and peace... mostly, let her friends get hurt cause she wasn't there to save them. In that very thought, she unfolded her wings and flew off. Looking back, she thought of what she could find in that other world. "Anything was possible," said Rainbow, "I'll guess I'll never find out." A little tear came to her eye to the fact that she couldn't the most epic adventure ever in all of Equestria. She immediately wiped it away and flew all the way back to Poniville. Her friends were walking inside Sugarcube Corner When she landed and smiled as she would do such a thing to her friends... or Equestria.
*Story Ends*

Well I wanted to post that cause, well, I wanted at least one of my ideas out.
Any of you fanfic writers are free to expand this story if you want. Just let me know about it and credit me. :D
Bronyman1995 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn that's good.
challenger88 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :D
RoyalCanterlot-RPS Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
My i use this image for a future fanfic? I'll give proper credit.
Pink--Champagne Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
It's just a prismatic image being reflected by the clouds. Most likely it was an incomplete sundog. Sundogs will look prismatic if the intensity of the sunlight in the air is too dim, or when they are very intense they form a prismatic arc next to them. I'm sure it formed somewhere along the angle of a solar halo. The other possibility is that it is an incomplete rainbow. It just depends on where the sun was in the sky, which looks about 30 degrees left of the photo, which would make it a sundog.
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