Skywatch Friday ~ OMG Double Rainbow or Mocking the Internet

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.

This beautiful science filled sky is brought to you by the good folks at Skywatch Friday, thanks!

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4 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday ~ OMG Double Rainbow or Mocking the Internet

  1. Beautiful, – I am so glad you turned the other way to see it! Very interesting information about that type of rainbow, as well. We have seen some very unusual rainbows this year, – from little bits and pieces to full bows stretching right across the valley.

  2. Hiya Topdog,

    Isn’t it annoying when you can see such a wonderful rainbow and it doesn’t come out in the picture. We had one last week, just outside my workroom. So intense. And so feeble when I opened the picture.

  3. very interesting capture indeed. Thanks for stopping by Driller’s Place.

  4. Absolutely LOVED the explanation. I am learning so much from blogging. Pictures are always great but when words enhance/explain the photo, the result is divine!! Thanks for sharing.

    I always enjoy your comments on Greensboro Daily Photo. You seem like such a positive, upbeat person!

    Janis (too)

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