Have you ever experienced looking at a rainbow in the sky and thinking how amazing it is to admire its vastness and serenity? If so, then this article is perfect for you! Here are other elusive phenomena that will make your jaw drop faster than you can say “this is cool!”

1) Northern Lights

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No, this isn’t a painting crafted by Vincent Van Gogh. This is a byproduct of collisions among electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere, otherwise known as the bright dancing lights of aurora. They occur near the magnetic poles of North America and northwestern parts of Canada, though they are best seen in the northern coast of Norway.

If skygazing was a real term, that would probably best describe this activity.

2) Bioluminescence

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Glow in the dark water? Nope, just Bioluminescent Phytoplankton.

There’s a gorgeous looking beach in Maldives where this sort of phenomenon takes place. Tiny organisms scientifically called Lingulodinium polyedrum emit light that illuminates under water, creating what seems to be a network of stars washing up on shore.

Beach party, anyone?

3) Burning Crater

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Famously known as “Door to Hell”, it originally started as a natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan. In 1971, it collapsed into an underground cavern which resulted to becoming a natural gas crater. To prevent methane gas (a dangerous substance) from spreading, geologists decided to put it on fire with the expectation of burning itself within a few days. Turns out, it has been burning continuously in the area for more than 40 years since then.

Dante enthusiasts would be pleased.

4) Puzzling Pine Trees

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Now, you don’t see crooked trees every day, do you? In a small town near Poland, these are actually quite normal. They have about 400 pine trees that bend 90 degrees at their base, with the majority being bent northward. Some say that fluctuations in the gravitational pull could be responsible, yet some believe that heavy snow could also be a contributing factor. No one really knows what caused the curvature since not much significant studies have been made.

This would really make a great venue for shooting horror movies!

5) Effortless Floating

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The last, but certainly not the least, is a natural phenomenon that occurs at the salt lake of Jordan. Also called the Dead Sea, it allows people to easily float on water due to its high level of salt mineral, inevitably making the human body more buoyant.

A paradise for non-swimmers such as myself.

So that’s it for now, folks. What do you think about these rare phenomena? Let us know in the comment section below!

Written by John Michael Tapiador for:new-piktochart_548_0fef345301bbce54a80a61e307e9d398233e8355