If you haven’t yet heard, the ‘end of times’ cloud spotted over Costa Rica recently has caused quit the stir.
More accurately, as the nickname describes, a fairly odd sense of panic in many; but this rainbow cloud is far from something that should cause that.
Videos of the phenomenon sparked an internet sensation when YouTube users finally got hold of the video. Thankfully, due to a similar incident happening in Colorado back in 2007, NASA decided to shed some light on the iridescent incident:
“These clouds are formed of small water droplets of nearly uniform size. When the sun is in the right position and mostly hidden by thick clouds, these thinner clouds significantly diffract sunlight in a nearly coherent manner, with different colors being deflected by different amounts. Therefore, different colors will come to the observer from slightly different directions.”
That shouldn’t cause a panic, but it’s still one of the coolest things Mother Nature can provide!