5 of the Most Amazing and Rarest Things in the World

Auroras (Northern Lights/Aurora borealis/Aurora australis)
Where: Northern or Southern hemisphere near the magnetic poles in places like the Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories in Canada; Iceland, and Alaska among others
The breathtaking dancing lights in the sky are one of the planet’s most stunning natural phenomenons. This spectacular natural light display can only be seen in high altitude regions.

Spiderweb Cocooned Trees
Cocooned Trees
Where: Sindh, Pakistan
The massive flooding in 2010 drove millions of spiders to find shelter on safer grounds. Residents of the village soon noticed the ghost-like trees shrouded by spider webs.

Panellus Stipticus
Glowing Forest
Where: Shikoku, Japan
Imagine walking in the midst of a forest that glows in the dark. In Japan, the forest in Shikoku provides an enchanting spectacle during certain periods of the year when bioluminescence mushrooms emerge in all their glorious beauty and wonder.

Physalis Alkekengi
Physalis Alkekengi (Chine Lantern/Japanese Lantern)
Where: China, Japan, South Asia, Southern Europe
Physalis alkekengi is a type of plant also known as bladder cherry, Chinese lantern, Japanese lantern, and winter cherry. During winter, the plant blooms and fruits covered in petals of vivid orange or reddish hues resembling paper lanterns appear. It then dries up during spring and the fruit reveals a red fruit within.

Volcanic Lightning
Volcanic Lightning
Where: Iceland
The dirty thunderstorm or volcanic lightning offers a dramatic and mesmerizing display of lightning and ash. It is said to be caused by the collision of particles like ash with ice particles. This natural phenomenon provides the perfect set-up for an electrical charge that result to the stunning sight of volcanic lightning.