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Iridescent Clouds

Nature volume 31, page 193 | Download Citation



THE iridescent cloud effect mentioned by your correspondents (see NATURE, p. 148) was well seen here on the 13th about 4 p.m., and was very much as described by Mr. Clark. Three distinct bands of colour were seen just at the upper edge of a dark slate-coloured cloud towards south-west, and two faint ones on the clearer sky above. I write specially to remark on the nature of the colour of these bands. They were not prismatic colours as mentioned by Mr. Clark, but unmistakable interference or residual colours, the lowest bright purplish pink, shading into green, the next the peculiar light brick red seen in Newton's rings, and a very recognisable colour, also shading into green, and the rest pink and green, of similar colour to the lowest. There can be, I thiuk, no question that this was an interference-phenomenon, and I hope some of your correspondents may be able to give the rationale of it.

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