I went outside this evening expecting a really great sunset since the rain had stopped about an hour earlier and there were sweeping but thin clouds still hanging in the Western sky. We had record highest high temps last week and record lowest high temps this week so it has been a strange early Autumn.
It was a ho-hum golden, nice ,pretty nothing to write home about or bloggity blog about. So I turned back toward the house and the still cloud darkened Eastern sky to see…DOUBLE RAINBOW!!!
I do not have the time right now to make this a better merge so I just posted the entire sky in two photos ,side by side. This was a full ,sky-wide rainbow that stopped passersby in their tracks. Two teenagers selling candy for Homecoming saw it the same moment I did and we all ran up the driveway across the street to whip out cameras(yes, EVERYONE seems to document their lives!) and save the scene.
The guy of the pair looks at me and we both said in unison “OMG!!! DOUBLE RAINBOW!!!!DOUBLE RAINBOW!!!!” You can see a faint pastel rainbow right under the main bright one!most clear on the right side.
Really how often do you get to mock the internet,youtube and nature all at once! AWESOME-WASOME!!!
Now for some Science (that was said all deep and official sounding inside my head) This rainbow you see today is
A supernumerary rainbow—also known as a stacker rainbow—is an infrequent phenomenon, consisting of several faint rainbows on the inner side of the primary rainbow, and very rarely also outside the secondary rainbow. Supernumerary rainbows are slightly detached and have pastel colour bands that do not fit the usual pattern. The very existence of supernumerary rainbows was historically a first indication of the wave nature of light, and the first explanation was provided by Thomas Young in 1804.
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