Arc high over the Rockefeller Centre, New York City imaged
by Ken-Shing Law ©Ken-Shing Law,
shown with permission.
The 'upside down rainbow', is not a rainbow but an ice halo produced by flat plate ice crystals in high cirrus cloud. It is perhaps the most beautiful of all the halos and to call it a rainbow rather insults it because the CZA has much the purer colours.
Circumzenithal Arc Formation from plate crystals Rainbow colours overlap