While watching science fiction movies, you may have seen “alien planets” with ice fields, spiraling deserts, and lush forests. Ironically, the real earth has spectacles that appear much more alien than any sci-fi film has ever portrayed.
Glowing rainbow trees, spotted lakes, and blue lava all exist. The pictures might seem photoshopped, but you can see them too if you travel to the right place at the right time. Here are photos of bizarre natural phenomena that may look fake, but are real. Can you guess what causes these odd happenings?
A Colorless Rainbow
Imagine seeing a rainbow with all the color drained out of it. These are white rainbows, and they can come from two different sources. One is called a fog bow, and the other is a moonbow.
Like rainbows, a white rainbow’s arc shape forms from the best angle at which the sun reflects to the viewer. Fogbows form from fog droplets that are 100 times smaller than standard droplets, which light can’t refract from. Lunar light can fashion a moonbow, which is much fainter than solar rainbows, usually too faded to reflect color.