I’m sure you seen plenty of rainbows in your lifetime, and heard legends about leprechauns and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or that the rainbow is gods promise that the world will never end again by flood.
But did you ever wonder how they are created? What they are made of? Or what exactly cause you to see them?
If so kick back for a quick read on what a rainbow really is.
If you’re familiar with a prism then this will be easy to grasp. First off no one ever sees the exact same colors in the rainbow, this makes each rainbow sighting unique to each individual viewing the phenomena.
The reason behind this is because each person is occupying a different location, and the rain is in constant motion. So its impossible for each person to see the exact same raindrops that the sunshine is passing threw at the exact same moment.
Making the rainbow unique to each viewer.
Now what exactly makes a rainbow in the first place? Rays of sun light pass through falling rain drops but a portion of the light refracts while going in and out, which cause its true colors to become visible from doing this over a immense amount of rain droplets and in turn causes the color lined arch we all recognize as a rainbow.
So if we are in the right place at the right time while rain and sunshine are present we get a rainbow.
The true colors of a rainbow are red, blue, orange, green and violet.
To clarify exactly what all is taking place when we observe a rainbow. If your eye’s, the sun, and the center of the rainbows arc are not inline the rainbow will be invisible to you. There for everything must come together perfectly to make this amazing view possible.
That’s why you never see a rainbow anytime besides early morning or late afternoon, it be literally impossible any other time of the day to replicate the needed conditions of eye, sun and center arc alignment.
Here are some rainbow facts:
You must be positioned between the sun and the rain, with your back to the sun in order for your eyes to see the bands of light ranging from red to violet.
Morning rainbows appear when the sun shines in the east and the rain falls in the west.
A late afternoon rainbow appears when the sun shines in the west and rain falls in the east.
You can never go under a rainbows arch and come out the other side due to the laws of physics. In a since your eyes are acting as an old time movie projector casting the rainbow in front of you.
Sometimes a double rainbow appears, if the light refracts twice on each rain droplet, also theoretically there is evidence that a triple rainbow can be present, but it be so faint odds of ever seeing one in nature would but unlikely.
So the next time you see a rainbow with your friends or family maybe you can pass on some of these facts, and impress everyone with your vast knowledge about rainbows!