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Great Rainbow this evening.
« on: Jun 11, 2019, 20:07:25 »
I hope Google lets you see these - the links I've used may not be correct.




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Re: Great Rainbow this evening.
« Reply #1 on: Jun 11, 2019, 21:35:29 »
Beautiful!

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Re: Great Rainbow this evening.
« Reply #2 on: Jun 11, 2019, 22:17:15 »
Wow.  The 2nd one really shows all the colours.

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Re: Great Rainbow this evening.
« Reply #3 on: Jun 12, 2019, 09:07:43 »
Rainbows ~ one of natures wonders ~ yet they do not actually exist! 

In the top picture there seems to be a double rainbow?

Thanks ~ they always seem to cheer my day up!

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Re: Great Rainbow this evening.
« Reply #4 on: Jun 12, 2019, 11:01:49 »
Did you get to the "Skittles" at the end... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Great Rainbow this evening.
« Reply #5 on: Jun 12, 2019, 12:44:50 »
Any-one know the scientific reason why with rainbows the sky is darker one side of it than the other?

Carole
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Re: Great Rainbow this evening.
« Reply #6 on: Jun 12, 2019, 13:06:08 »
Did you get to the "Skittles" at the end... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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No but there's a farmer with a Merc at the left hand end. Probably a pot of EU subsidies buried there!

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Re: Great Rainbow this evening.
« Reply #7 on: Jun 12, 2019, 16:05:56 »
Carole

Courtesy of Wiki.

The sky inside a primary rainbow is brighter than the sky outside of the bow. This is because each raindrop is a sphere and it scatters light over an entire circular disc in the sky. The radius of the disc depends on the wavelength of light, with red light being scattered over a larger angle than blue light. Over most of the disc, scattered light at all wavelengths overlaps, resulting in white light which brightens the sky. At the edge, the wavelength dependence of the scattering gives rise to the rainbow.

Also, apparently, the banding we see is an artefact of human colour vision with it being a smooth transition in reality ~ there is no banding visible in a black and white photos.  Further, where there is a double rainbow, the colours are reversed in the second to the first.

All useful information for grandchildren!

Best

Hugh

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Re: Great Rainbow this evening.
« Reply #8 on: Jun 13, 2019, 12:59:15 »
Quote from: Carole
Any-one know the scientific reason why with rainbows the sky is darker one side of it than the other?

Carole

Within the circle formed by the primary rainbow, the rain droplets reflect some white light back to the observer, making that area look brighter. 
See here: https://www.atoptics.co.uk/rainbows/primcone.htm

However, between the primary and secondary, no light is reflected back, leading to Alexander's dark band.
See here: https://www.atoptics.co.uk/rainbows/adband.htm

Use the menu at the left hand side to find lots of other very interesting technical info on rainbows and other atmospheric phenomena.

Mark
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Re: Great Rainbow this evening.
« Reply #9 on: Jun 13, 2019, 14:03:19 »
Thanks Mark

I love the fact that we each have our very own rainbow ~ how special is that!

(Each person has their own cone and sees their very own rainbow).  Second link above.

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Re: Great Rainbow this evening.
« Reply #10 on: Jun 13, 2019, 16:11:06 »
Thanks for that Mark, I found the second link easier to understand.

I did know that each person is seeing their own Rainbow, I think I learnt that possibly at school but I never learnt about Alexander's dark band.  I knew there must be a scientific explanation for it as it always seems to happen.

Carole