The unusual sighting of the horizontal rainbow was captured by Ukranian snapper Anton Jankovoy - using a camera set up with a large aperture to 'soak up' as much light as possible. The rare phenomenon is created by light reflected from ice crystals in high-up cirrus clouds.
'You do see circumzenithal arcs in the UK but not to this strength of colour, ' says a Met Office spokesperson. 'Several have been seen this year in the UK. They are produced when either light from the sun or sunlight reflected by the moon passes through ice crystals in the atmosphere.'
Mr Jankovoy said he came across the spectacular shot on a recent trip to Ghasa in Nepal. The 23-year-old travels across the world to capture his stunning shots from Mount Everest to remote areas of Ukraine.
'But it was the first time I saw this phenomenon and I was completely astonished.'
Mr Jankovoy needed help identifying the bizarre atmospheric occurrence, which is formed when sunlight refracts off horizontal ice crystals in high-level cirrus clouds. The sun must be very high in the sky and it can not be seen at a latitude above 55degrees north (which includes Scotland and much of Canada) or below 55 degrees south.
'It was a circumhorizontal arc - or as it is also called a 'Fire Rainbow'.'
Mr Jankovoy started taking photographs when he was nine years old and said he learnt to cultivate his skills when taking pictures in the mountains. He had always wanted to visit Nepal and made his first trip to the Himalayas four years ago.
The photographer, who is also interested in nature and eastern Philosophy, said he wanted to reveal the world anew as children saw it.