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Rare ‘Triple Rainbow’ Appears In The Sky—But What Does It Mean?
By Mikelle Leow, 04 Dec 2018
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The “double rainbow” guy needs to take a good look at this ultra-rare phenomenon that features not one, not two, but three rainbows.
A man by the name of Gordon, who is part of the BBC’s ‘Weather Watchers’ community, recently took a photo of what appears to be a sequence of three rainbows in Gloucestershire.
According to international scientific organization The Optical Society, there have only been five scientific reports of tertiary rainbows in the past 250 years.
A single rainbow appears when sunlight splits and is reflected in droplets of water. When light reflects in water droplets twice, it produces two rainbows, and three reflections create a triple rainbow, according to the scientific body.
Since the sightings are few and far behind, it’s unclear if what Gordon had spotted was truly a triple rainbow, as others have pointed out that all three rainbows would have to be shaped like concentric circles, whereas this photo shows otherwise.
[via BBC, images via various sources]
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