Rainbow rendezvous

Yesterday was such a random day however while I was in search of a treasure I felt double lucky. Found 2 rainbows floating in the sky. I was wondering how this occurs and did some research.

Nature and its colours

Nature and its colours

Usually the day was supposed to go to sleep when the sun goes down but it turned yellow, windy and rainy. Yep! It was one of those yellowy days. They are so rare. Decided to enjoy while it lasted.

Notice the reverse of colours on the 2nd rainbow

Notice the reverse of colours on the 2nd rainbow

Now why does this happen?

rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection of light in water droplets in the Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc.Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.In a “primary rainbow”, the arc shows red on the outer part and violet on the inner side. This rainbow is caused by light being refracted while entering a droplet of water, then reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed, red facing toward the other one, in both rainbows. This second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside water droplets.  – Wikipedia

Just so that you know or remember your colours 😛 read the following,

Roy G. Biv is an acronym for the sequence of hues in a rainbow according to how the English language divides the visible light spectrum:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Indigo
  • Violet

Did you know?

  1. When you see a rainbow…it is after rain. The sun is always behind you and the rain in front of you when a rainbow appears, so the center of the rainbow’s arc is directly opposite the sun.
  2. Most people think…the only colors of a rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, but a rainbow is actually made up of an entire continuum of colors—even colors the eye can’t see!
  3. We are able to see the colors of a rainbow because…light of different colors is refracted when it travels from one medium, such as air, and into another- -in this case, the water of the raindrops. When all the colors that make up sunlight are combined, they look white, but once they are refracted, the colors break up into the ones we see in a rainbow.
  4. Every person…sees their own “personal” rainbow. When you look at one, you are seeing the light bounced off of certain raindrops, but when the person standing next to you looks at the same rainbow, they may see the light reflecting off other raindrops from a completely different angle. In addition, everyone sees colors differently according to light and how their eyes interpret it.
  5. You can never…actually reach the end of a rainbow, where a pot of gold supposedly awaits. As you move, the rainbow that your eyes see moves as well, because the raindrops are at different spots in the atmosphere. The rainbow, then, will always “move away” at the same rate that you are moving.

Hope those facts were interesting. You gold diggers who are in search for that pot of gold, keep combing the land as I found mine in my garden 😉 

pot of gold

Have a colourful weekend. 

Prad 🙂


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