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I've always been fascinated with optical phenomena, and throughout the years I have gathered photos of some of them, so I decided to collect them here just for fun. This will be updated whenever I have made new or better pictures of these phenomena or when I have captured new phenomena of course. Explanations for most of these phenomena can be found at the Atmospheric Optics site.

 


9 degree halo


18 degree halo


22 degree halo


23 degree upper pyramidal arc


46 degree halo


Airglow


Animal iridescence


Atmospheric scattering


Aurora


Belt of Venus and Earth's shadow


Bird feather effects


Birefringence


Caustics in ice


Caustics in water


Circumscribed halo


Circumzenithal arc


Cloud and contrail shadows


Corona


Drop colors and diffraction


Earthshine


Eclipses


Glitter paths


Glory


Heiligenschein


Ice abstracts


Ice colors and diffraction


Ice iridescence


Infralateral arc


Iridescent clouds


Lichen iridescence


Light pillars


Light rays


Lower tangent arc


Mirages


Mistbows


Moon reflections


Noctilucent clouds


Opposition effect


Parhelic circle


Parry arc


Plant oil iridescence


Polar stratospheric clouds


Polarization of the sky


Pollen corona


Pseudopupils


Rainbows


Red and green flash/rim


Rock iridescence


Snail slime iridescence


Snow flake colors


Soap colors


Spectrum photography


Spider silk iridescence


Star colors


Stereo photography


Sun and moon dogs


Sun's path


Supralateral arc


Twinkling stars


Upper tangent arc


Ultraviolet induced visible fluorescence


Water abstracts


Water vapor iridescence


Zero order glow