Fire rainbows are quite common in Asia. I actually once saw a small shimmer of one. But this circumhorizontal arc – their proper scientific name – which appeared over Chiang Mai is one of the best examples caught on film in Thailand.

Onlookers captured the beautiful fire rainbow in Chiang Mai province on October 6 at 4pm.

The natural phenomenon is caused by sunlight shining through tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. It causes a stunning rainbow-like effect that appears like a glowing ball of multi-coloured bright light in the sky.

Morgan Chakkaew, 35, captured the footage while he was working last week in the Doi Saket district of the region.

He said: ”It was a beautiful sight. It’s not something I’ve seen before and it’s not something I think I’ll see again.

”Everybody who looked up at the sky was amazes. It was a very powerful view like special effects from a science fiction movie.”

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