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On this photo, it appears a fireball is ripping through the late afternoon sky. However, what’s observed here has nothing to do with fireballs or meteors; rather it’s a particularly bright cloud. It was taken looking over the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Alberta, Canada, not far from Calgary, just before sunset on April 23, 2012. This tapered lenticular cloud wasn’t really noteworthy at all until the Sun reached a position 22 degrees to the right of it. The cloud then lit up in spectacular fashion. Essentially, it acted as a stretched out sundog. Ice crystals composing it were oriented just right to refract sunlight through their 60-degree prisms. Sunlight enters through the crystals’ side faces and exits through an alternate side face -- inclined 60 degrees to the one it entered.
Originally posted by cloaked4u
If this were true, then it would also effect clouds at the same 60 degrees, but it does not. first pic.
Originally posted by pasiphae
apparently people did not read the text of the post?? no, not a fireball or a meteor and the OP tells us all exactly what it is.