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Singapore 'Fire Rainbow' Cloud Phenomenon Lights Up the Sky
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Singapore 'Fire Rainbow' Cloud Phenomenon Lights Up the Sky

A rare cloud phenomenon over Singapore has delighted people in the city-state. The multi-coloured glow appeared in the sky on Monday in the late afternoon, lasting for about 15 minutes, and was seen across the island.

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Media reports said it was likely a fire rainbow, which occurs when sunlight refracts through ice-crystal clouds. Others have also said it could have been cloud iridescence, which happens when water droplets or crystals scatter light.

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Fazidah Mokhtar, who works in a childcare centre, told the BBC that she spotted it around 17:10 on Monday (09:10 GMT). "It started as a small orange circle and then grew bigger and bigger till all the colours came out... It lasted for about 15 minutes and it slowly went off.

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She said "all the children in the school, some parents, and other staff were very excited and commenting that it was very, very rare to see such a beautiful and unique rainbow".

 The phenomenon prompted jokes online, with many comparing to a paddle pop, a rainbow-coloured frozen dessert popular in Australia and Asia.

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"The rainbow bridge is broken," joked one Facebook user, while another person asked: "Is this a case of Monday Rainbows?!"

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