Double rainbow seen from space.
(Image: NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response)
The glories are caused by diffraction of light back towards its source. The layer of stratocumulus clouds normally reflects a portion of solar energy into space and in this image the clouds are diffracting the sunlight back to the satellite splitting the light into its constituent colours. It has been suggested that enhancing the reflective property of stratocumulus clouds through geoengineering could help negate climate change. These glories look to us like the famous “double rainbow all across the sky” captured in Yosemite.
h/t Kristin Butler.