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This gallery is all about spectacular optical phenomena. Rainbows are common enough but really good ones less so. Sundogs are relatively uncommon and the one offered here is exceptionally vivid. The ghostly Noctilucent Clouds are a rare Midsummer treat for those prepared to sacrifice a night's sleep, and of several sightings the incredible display of July 3rd 2011 was a mind-blowing experience to see: it was as close to natural psychedelia as I've ever witnessed. It's amazing to think that they occur at the Mesopause, 80km above Earth's surface - on the edge of Space itself!
Good sunsets and sunrises are as common here as anywhere else so I've tried to include some that are either excessively-colourful or unusual for other reasons, such as the incredible sunrise involving a stratocumulus deck complete with mammatus, that I caught by rapid-response tactics after spotting it from my bedroom window upon waking, first thing on a November morning in 2006 (row 6).
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