Rainbow Clouds Appeared Right After the Eclipse

Such a reassuring sight.
IMAGE Vina Mendoza, Ang Pahayagang Plaridel

On Father’s Day, parts of the Philippines were plunged into darkness when a solar eclipse occurred late in the afternoon of June 21, 2020.  

Such events are steeped in superstition. Some Filipino elders still believe eclipses are omens of death or incoming disasters.

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But a reassuring sight in the form of rainbow clouds occurred right after the eclipse. The atmospheric phenomenon is called cloud iridescence, which occurs when certain types of clouds bearing ice crystals diffract light from the sun.

In the following photos, you can see a stretch of cloud iridescence above Antipolo. The photos were taken in the late afternoon of June 21, right after the solar eclipse.

Photo by Lanelle Abueva Fernando.

Photo by Vina Mendoza, Ang Pahayagang Plaridel.

Photo by Vina Mendoza, Ang Pahayagang Plaridel.

The cloud iridescence and the solar eclipse that occurred on June 21 are unrelated events. It was just a lucky coincidence that they occurred within minutes of each other. 

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