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6 Amazing Facts About Rainbows That Will Blow Your Mind

Apr 11, 2016 04:30 AM EDT
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JUNE 17: A rainbow is seen over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on June 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.
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Rainbows are one of the most striking gifts of nature. There are not many stories in history that talk about rainbows. The most popular one links to the biblical story of Noah and his ark. Well, rainbows have a little more than that. The science behind rainbows is quite fascinating. Here are some amazing facts about rainbows that will blow your mind.

1. Rainbows Are Formed From Tiny Rainbows

Rainbows are formed when light is reflected through water droplets from rainshower. Basically, they are many little arches that merge together and form a big arch up, creating a technicolored sky.

2. Double Rainbows Have Reversed Colors

According to WCPO, double rainbows is a very rare occurrence that makes the sky look bright and colorful. Double rainbows are formed when light refracts from a drop of water the second time. Double rainbows have a primary and a secondary bow. The secondary is quite lighter when compared to the other. The colors in the secondary bow are in a reversed order as well.

3. Rainbows Depend On The Sun

A rainbows formation also depends on the angles of the sun. That is, a rainbow can be seen when the sun is at an angle of 42 degrees, as per Live Science. That is why we mostly see a rainbow when the sun rises or sets.

4. Rainbows At Night

There are times when rainbows show up at night as well. Rainbows that show up at night are called moonbows because the colors are a reflection to the moon and not the sun, according to Huffington Post.

5. Rainbows Can Appear as Twins, Triplets and So On

An atmospheric scientist at the National Meteorological Research Center named Jean Ricard found out that rainbows can also appear as twins, triplets, and even quadruplets.

6. You Can Create Your Own Rainbow

Did you know that you can create a rainbow all by yourself? Live Science says that all you need is a water hose. When you stand with your back facing the sun and use the hose to spray water, rainbows can be seen against the spray.

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