These Events Are Pretty Rare… (15 pics)

Posted in INTERESTING       6 May 2020       5192       5

Comet Hale Bopp was seen above the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge.

1 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

Comet Hale-Bop circled the sun in 1997 and became one of the brightest comets in history. It was a long-lasting gift crossing the sky, as it could be seen with the naked eye for more than 18 months (a record).


A fallstreak hole — a circle that opens in the heavens

2 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

Imagine that it’s a cold day and the horizon is full of dense clouds. Suddenly, you see a large hole that you can see the sky through. This is not an announcement of the arrival of a UFO, it is called a skypunch or a fallstreak hole. It occurs when a large number of tiny ice crystals break into the cloud layer causing the droplets to evaporate. It’s all physics, but totally magical.


A fog bow that looks like an albino rainbow

3 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

When seeing this rainbow, you might think that you have lost the ability to differentiate colors. Keep calm and enjoy, a fog bow is like the rainbow’s albino brother. Instead of being made of water droplets, it is made up of tiny mist particles. Since they’re smaller, they only reflect that whitish color that gives us a kind of spooky and mysterious image.


It’s not the sea, it’s lava on a Hawaiian beach.

4 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

In May 2018, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii explosively erupted. It started throwing ash 30,000 feet into the air and spewed fountains of thick lava that reached the Pacific Ocean. It also traveled great distances from its origin, destroying Hawaii’s largest natural freshwater lake. It reached beaches too, filling Kapoho Bay, and extended new land nearly a mile into the sea.


Comet West near the Sun in 1976

5 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

Comet West was described as one of the brightest objects to pass through the inner solar system in 1976. Its nucleus split into 4 fragments, offering a spectacular image of its long tail. This was, at the time, one of the very few comet breakups that had been observed.


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Pyroclastic flow that generates volcanic lightning.

6 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

Seeing an erupting volcano is itself overwhelming and unusual, but another extraordinary event can add to this spectacle. When a volcano erupts it sheds a pyroclastic flow, a fast-moving current of hot gas and ashes. Sometimes, the strength with which it throws these materials together, combined with the extremely high temperatures, generates an astounding lighting show.


A rare waterfall rainbow caught at Yosemite National Park.

7 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

It was only a lucky few who witnessed live how Bridalveil Fall, in Yosemite National Park, turned into a rainbow. This is a stunning example of the situation when sunlight reflects on water droplets under specific circumstances. It looks like Photoshop, but nature overflows with color and imagination.


Frozen waves were spotted on the coast of Croatia.

8 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

A fierce storm whipped up these monster waves, that then froze, in sub-zero temperatures in 2012. The sea crashed over benches and lampposts on a promenade and froze on impact. This left the seaside of Senj, Croatia, covered in solid layers of ice that looked like whipped cream.


The desert came back to life and turned into an explosion of flowers.

9 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

Super blooms in California typically occur once every 10 years. It requires a perfect storm of conditions: steady rain, warm temperatures, and low winds. The desert turns into a colorful painting when thousands of wildflowers blossom at roughly the same time. A wonderful gift for our eyes.


Sun pillars form above the sea ice on the Chukchi Sea

10 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

The reflection of light on tiny ice crystals that are suspended in the atmosphere can create a sun pillar. If the light comes from a sunset, this event that can freeze us in a beautiful moment.


A super blue blood moon rises behind the Parthenon temple in 2018.

11 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

Total lunar eclipses that fall on supermoons are relatively rare. In the 21st century, there are 87 total lunar eclipses, of which just 28 are supermoons. Sky gazers could see a swollen “supermoon” and lunar eclipse combined for the first time in decades, showing the moon bathed in a bright red light.


Iridescent clouds

12 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

If we see that the sky shines as if there were giant soap bubbles floating in it, it is not that we are having a hallucination, but that we are witnessing iridescent clouds. This otherworldly effect only occurs when very uniform water droplets diffract the sunset light.


The Himalayas appear for the first time in 30 years.

13 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

In April of 2020, the drastic decrease in pollution levels has given back the view of the splendid Dhauladhar mountain range. These summits are part of the Himalaya mountain range and can now be observed even from Jalandhar, 143 miles away.


Snowfall in spring in Tokyo

14 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

Seeing snow in Tokyo isn’t exceptional, but what made it really surprising is that it happened in April while cherry trees blossomed. Tokyo gets snow about 7.6 times per season, mainly in January and February. And this was the first spring snowfall in 32 years.


The midnight sunset reflected in a waterfall in Iceland.

15 These Events Are Pretty Rare…

During summer months in Iceland, the Sun remains visible at midnight local time, and witnessing a sunset at 1:30 a.m. can totally blow your mind. Capturing this moment, with just the twilight illuminating the 196 feet of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, is just breathtaking.




August 10 month s ago
#11 was obviously photoshopped - so not real.
Juda 10 month s ago
August, Real enough with a super long lens
Robert 10 month s ago
[#13] It's so cool that you can see the mountain range from 143 miles away and not just the very peaks of the mountains! It is as if the earth flattened itself out due to the racoon (an anagram of the corona) virus and now we can see mountain ranges from an incredible distance, like over 200 miles in Alaska USA!
Maud 10 month s ago
#3 Are common when storms moves through the island chain of mu hometown in southeast Alaska. We called them sucker holes because it's said people would think the weather was braking and go out fishing on their boats just to be suckered when the storm picked up after getting to the fishing grounds.
Bias 10 month s ago
I grew up as a child in Willow, Alaska. The 50's and 60's were so wonderful but I lost it all in Asia. Drafted in 65 and made 4 tours with Spec Forces. Got out in 71 and left America. I don't miss it. I love my life never knowing what's next, only miss Alaska.



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