A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon, but according to Greek mythology, it is a bridge between heaven and earth. Other myths come from pet lovers and Vikings who see the rainbows as a connection between the worlds of the living and the dead, while the older Asian and Native American traditions see the colorful arc as linking our world with another.
Rainbow seen by Scientists
Rene Descartes, a creative mathematician of the first order, an important scientific thinker, and an original metaphysician was first realized in 1637 that Rainbows were caused by light from the sun being split into different colors by rain.
The rainbow usually appears after a rainstorm and can be seen not just in the rain but also in the mist, spray, fog, and dew. The name “Rainbow” comes from the Latin arcus pulvinus, meaning “rainy arch.”
Double and Quadruple Rainbows
Rainbows, which are caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun usually as a single meteorological phenomenon, but rarely people can notice double rainbows. They occur when light bounces inside the water droplet more than once.
Amanda Curtis, a visitor to Long Island, New York, in 2015 shot a beautiful double-double rainbow on a beautiful clear day. The shared photos of this phenomenon went viral the very next day, but a large number of people did not believe they were real. However, meteorologists have solved this dilemma and cleared up the confusion. Curtis has technically captured two double rainbows, which save meteorologists from forming when sunlight is reflected by water droplets hanging in the air. This magic is possible in tropical locations and near waterfalls.
— Amanda Curtis (@amanda_curtis) April 21, 2015
According to experts, the photos show two conspicuous arches and two pale ones in the sky. The pictures show two primary and two secondary arcs. This photo of Curtis is still one of the most beautiful depictions of colors, hope, and life that people will enjoy for a long time.
Paul Neiman, a meteorologist for research at the NOAA Observatory for the Earth System, gave his opinion on the photo, arguing that behind the observer it is necessary to have large amounts of still water in order to see the double-reflecting arcs. Curtis was in Glen Bay at the time she filmed it, so it could have been water from Oyster Bay or Hempstead.
According to scientists that phenomenon hasn’t been verified in the past 250 years. These rainbows can occur under the strictly perfect conditions of heavy rain and extremely bright sunlight.
Interesting facts about the rainbow:
- Chou Kun-hsuan, a professor in the university’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences reported with his students a rainbow that lasted for nine hours in Taipei’s mountains
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- An easy way to remember the colors of the rainbow is ROYGBIV.
- A rainbow arch is a 42-degree angle from the direction opposite from the sun
- A person standing next to the observer can see a slightly different rainbow because they see different raindrops.
- When the sun is lower, the rainbow will be higher in the sky
- The rainbow seen on the ground is a semi-circle but from very high up, such as on an airplane, it can be a rainbow in a complete circle.
- The rainbow can’t be touched as it has no physical appearance
- Red rainbows or monochrome rainbows are formed after rainfall during sunrise or sunset.
- The state of Hawaii is home to the most Rainbows on Earth