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Why Does Fog Appear?

Fog is not just a simple weather phenomenon, it’s a scientific masterpiece. From the scientific point of view, fog is the accumulation of water in the air and the further formation of little condensation products of water vapor. Moreover, the lower the temperature, the more ice crystals are there in the fog instead of water drops.

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Have You Seen Ice Needles?

Ice needles instead of snow. Did you know that sometimes, instead of ordinary snowflakes, real ice needles can fall from the sky? These are small and very sharp ice crystals that can even cut the skin. They are formed from solidified water droplets and are usually found in Siberia and the Far North.

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Have You Seen Daytime Moon? 🌕

It is considered that the Moon can be observed only at night. 🌖 However, in fact, it can easily be seen in the afternoon. And by the way, this very question “why the Moon is in the sky during the day” is often asked by children who are much more observant than adults.

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Where Do Tsunamis Come From?

Tsunamis are mostly provoked by underwater earthquakes and underwater volcanic eruptions, which sharply raise or lower the seabed and, as a result, move huge masses of water. Until now, the mechanisms of the tsunami have not been thoroughly studied, and it is often difficult to detect an approaching dangerous wave since at first, it is not high enough to start sounding the alarm.

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What is the Real Form of the Rainbow?

Did you know that a full rainbow is actually a complete circle? The thing is that it’s not an arc we are used to see but a complete circle partly hidden from us. And only in certain conditions, like being on an airplane or standing on a mountain one can see an amazing view of an entire circular rainbow.

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Meet Nacreous Clouds

Nacreous clouds are a real miracle of the northern latitudes. Nacreous clouds are one of the most beautiful, unusual, and rare natural phenomena. They appear at an altitude of 15 to 27 km at abnormally low temperatures. The best time for observation is at dusk, from the moment the sun sets visibly beyond the horizon line to the moment its center plunge 6 ° below the horizon line.

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Do You Know What Lenticular Clouds Are?

Lenticular clouds are one of the most beautiful natural phenomena. When you first see them in a photo, it’s hard to believe that this is a real shoot, not a photoshop. Lenticular clouds are quite rare and can be observed mainly in mountainous areas. Most often they are recorded in the United States, Kamchatka, and near Mount Fuji in Japan.

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What is Mirage?

What is a mirage and where does it come from? Mirage is undoubtedly one of the most mysterious atmospheric phenomena that has always been associated with secrets and legends. But in reality, the mirage is easily explained from a scientific point of view. It appears when the air near a highly heated surface (about 60-70 °C) also heats up and becomes inhomogeneous.

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Saint Elmo's Fire

Not just a simple lightning. Lightning strikes can look not only frightening, but also unusual. This is exactly what can be said about the “Saint Elmo’s fire”. This type of lightning in the form of luminous beams or tassels appears usually during a severe thunderstorm at the ends of tall buildings, on spiers, ship masts, tops of high trees or rocks.

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Lunar Rainbow

Did you know that apart from the usual rainbow, there is also a lunar one? Lunar (or night) rainbows are really rare. The reason is an exact combination of obligatory factors that must coincide in order for a lunar rainbow to appear in the night sky. What are these factors?

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Rainbow Circles

One of the most interesting and beautiful atmospheric phenomena is the rainbow circles, that has got a scientific name of “gloria”. This is an optical effect that can be seen from an airplane or standing on top of a mountain above the clouds with the source of light behind you.

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Can an island move?

Can an island move? Yes, but only if it’s an unusual floating island located in the Lake Pond in Massachusetts. This football-sized island is made up of moss and stays afloat because of the gases these very mosses produce. The floating island does not have an exact route; it moves along the lake rather randomly and sometimes even destroys buildings and moorings by approaching too close to the shore.

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