Parhelion in Alicante: A beautiful optical phenomenon over the city


Between Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, a parherlion could be seen in the skies of Alicante. This this optical oddity is produced by the refraction of light under very specific weather conditions.

Some people confused this phenomenon with a strange rainbow, but in reality it is the effect of light on ice particles in cirrus clouds. Parhelions are very close to the halos, manifesting themselves as bright and colourful spots in the sky, and are only visible for a few minutes.

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A parhelion is a beautiful optical effect that has already been seen several times in the province of Alicante. The first documented parhelion dates from April 20, 1535 in Stockholm.


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