This page contains images of optical effects such as Moon and  Sun mirages, rainbows, coronas, halos, etc. Enjoy and do not forget to look up at the sky!

Glorious rays display over the Alps and Sacra di San Michele

Rays over the Alps and the Sacra di San Michele

Sun pillar over the Po river

Sun Pillar over river Po

Lunar corona (OPOD)

Lunar corona_Logo

Sunpot AR1520 on the rising omega Sun (Lido di Dante, 14 July 2012 – OPOD)

The Basilica of Superga, Monviso peak and alpenglow (Castagneto Po, 9 December 2012 – EPOD)


Belt of Venus from Isola d’Elba (EPOD)

Belt of Venus_LOGO

Crescent Moon, Venus and glitter paths (EPOD)


Isola d’Elba crepuscolar rays (EPOD)


Lunar corona, Mars and Beehive cluster (EPOD)

Lunar corona and beehive _Logo

Moon with corona and Jupiter (1.8.2020)

Moon and Jupiter

Noctulicent clouds (5.7.2020)


Belt of Venus, Earth’s shadow and anticrepuscolar ray

Shadow and Basilica of Superga

Admiring the lunar corona (Isola d’Elba)


Circumhorizon arc

circumhorizon arc

Sun Halo and CZA over the “Sleeping Beauty Castle” (1st November 2011)

Crepuscular rays (Isola d’ Elba – August 2011)

Full Moon and anticrepuscular rays (Isola d’ Elba – August 2011)


Sun Pillar and the Basilica

Dramatic rays and shadows

Gibbous Moon with corona

Iridescence clouds – Captured over the National Library of Turin

Contrail shadow – Imaged after sunrise from a site close to the Fascia observatory

Circumzenithal Arc – In the skies of Turin, one hour before sunset

Sundog and contrails over the Alps – Also visible the silohuette of the Sacra di San Michele

Crepuscular rays over the Viverone lake

Green flash – At sunrise over Isola d’ Elba

Circumzenithal arc – From Isola d’ Elba

Iridescence clouds – Turin

Pumpkin Moon – Rising over Villefrance

Iridescence clouds – Turin

Sun halos – Over Turin

Iridescence clouds

Rainbow over Villefranche

Cloud shadow over Turin

 Belt of Venus – …and yellow Moon rising over the Alps

Lunar Iridescence

Contrail shadow over the Alps

Sundog over Oradea – Contributed by Marco Busi

Moon Halo – …over my house in Turin


Cloud shadows and other optics – Pictured over Villefranche after sunsrise

Guest images

Rainbows - Elisa Martinelli


18 thoughts on “ATMOSPHERIC OPTICS

  1. Hi!
    Lots of great pictures. Fun to watch. Hard to pick a favorite, but the pearl clouds are magnificent.
    Have a great weekend!

  2. How Fantastic! I’m so glad to find your photos. We are such lovers of nature and mostly of the rare sites or the visual gifts that are for the few at the right place at the right time. Thank you for sharing!

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