Optical phenomena in the open air

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Objects readily observed by everyone in the open air constitute fascinating phenomena. However, details on the origin of such phenomena like rainbows, halos, glories, lightning and northern lights often stay in the background whereas the combination of both observation and background knowledge will open an even more fascinating view. This article summarises the underlying physical principles of these phenomena and addresses the characteristics they have in common as well as their main differences.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00107510410001667272

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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