White Rainbow: Sam Dobson Captured Rare White Rainbow At North Pole (Photo)

By on Dec 16, 2011 in Amazing, Environment, Science, World Comments

White Rainbow
Photo: Sam Dobson / Caters News

A rare white rainbow was captured by Sam Dobson on his recent trip to the North Pole and was tagged as one of the “Best Images” of Yahoo Snapshots from the week of December 16th.

According to Daily Mail, the white rainbow is a rare natural phenomenon known as a “fogbow“.

“A fog bow is a similar phenomenon to a rainbow, however, as its name suggests, it appears as a bow in fog rather than rain. Because of the very small size of water droplets that cause fog, the fog bow has only very weak colors, with a red outer edge and bluish inner and are therefore sometimes called white rainbows,” as quoted from Wikipedia.

The 51 year-old photographer said that at first it just looked like a cloud, but as they got closer it was a solid rainbow, but white.

“We were so impressed with it we all got off onto a floating slab of ice to take a closer look.It is actually closer than it looks in the pictures. I was stunned and amazed by the natural miracle. Despite the fact I am totally obsessed with photography, I sometimes forgot to press the shutter button. I was just staring at the natural wonder in front of me,” Dobson said in a report.

The rare sight was captured around midnight on July 28, 2011, but because of the time of year it was still fairly light, reports said.

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