The thin, layered Cirrostratus cloud is composed of ice crystals and forms a…

The thin, layered Cirrostratus cloud is composed of ice crystals and forms a…

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a "fire rainbow" - ice-halo formed by plate-shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds

a "fire rainbow" - ice-halo formed by plate-shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds

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Cirrostratus clouds

Cirrostratus clouds

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Ice crystals that form in cirrostratus clouds act as prisms, creating a halo effect in the sky.
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Cirrostratus clouds

Cirrostratus clouds

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Distant CIRROSTRATUS Photo by Lin Chambers in Poquoson, VA, winter 1997. This shows high, thin cirrostratus clouds off near the horizon. Note the very transparent streaks of cirrus (called mare's tails) in the upper right.

Distant CIRROSTRATUS Photo by Lin Chambers in Poquoson, VA, winter 1997. This shows high, thin cirrostratus clouds off near the horizon. Note the very transparent streaks of cirrus (called mare's tails) in the upper right.

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Moon Dog-- moondog, or mock moon, (scientific name paraselene, plural paraselenae, meaning "beside the moon") is a relatively rare bright circular spot on a lunar halo caused by the refraction of moonlight by hexagonal-plate-shaped ice crystals in cirrus or cirrostratus clouds.

Moon Dog-- moondog, or mock moon, (scientific name paraselene, plural paraselenae, meaning "beside the moon") is a relatively rare bright circular spot on a lunar halo caused by the refraction of moonlight by hexagonal-plate-shaped ice crystals in cirrus or cirrostratus clouds.

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