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Check Out This Rare 'Fire Rainbow' from South Carolina

Published On 08/19/2015 Published On 08/19/2015

Quick, someone call the double rainbow guy.

A rare and gorgeous phenomenon known as a "fire rainbow" added a splash of color to the sky near Charleston, SC on Sunday, according to a report by WWBT. Also known as iridescent clouds, the spectacle can only occur when high cirrus clouds catch light from the sun, which has to be at an altitude of at least 58 degrees above the horizon, according to the report. In other words, a lot of things have to go right, and it's probably way rarer than a double rainbow.

Several witnesses posted photos of the fire rainbow on social media, and some even said it resembled a hovering angel -- not to be confused with a hovering Criss Angel.


Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and loves a good rainbow. Send news tips to news@thrillist.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.

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