Rainbow Facts – That Will Stir Your Curiosity


You must have seen the rainbow but may not know the interesting facts about it. Read my article further to dive into the interesting details.

Interesting Facts About Rainbow :

  •  A rainbow is nothing but a multi-colored arc that forms in the sky.
  • You may have seen a rainbow in the sky, but you don’t know when a rainbow is formed. A rainbow forms when it rains in one part of the sky and is sunny in the other.
  • The rainbow colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
  • The rainbow is more visible when the sun is less, and the rainbow is less visible in the sky when the sun is more.
  • Rainbows usually appear after rainstorms.
  • Rainbows are not possible on every planet in the solar system. Earth is the only planet in the solar system where a rainbow is possible.
  •  It is challenging to photograph a complete semicircle of a rainbow in just one frame.
  • Rainbows are rarely seen at noon.
  • A 42-degree angle starting from the opposite direction of the sun is the rainbow arch.
  • The rainbow was first used as a symbol of the gay movement in 1978 when the drag queen displayed the rainbow flag.
  • Moonbows rainbow occurs when a raindrop reflects moonlight.
  • A serpent representing the rainbow has been found in 10,000-year-old Australian rock art.
  • Sometimes the rainbow is used in Buddhism to represent the state, which is reached before attaining Nirvana.
  • Usually, you will see only one rainbow but rainbow doubles, triangles and quadrilaterals can also appear.
  • From the ground, the rainbow looks like an arch but in reality it is a circle.
  • From the aircraft, you can see the full circle rainbow.
  • You can’t see the rainbow in winter.
  • You will see more rainbows in tropical places and through waterfalls.
  • The rainbow is a bridge between heaven and earth according to greek mythology.
  • Rainbows can be seen not only in the rain but also in the fog, mist, spray and dew.
  • In ancient times the Chinese believed that a goddess threw stones into the sky, and as a result, there were cracks in the rainbow.
  • In some Meso-American cultures, rainbows are considered bad omens, so they hide children when the rainbow appears.
  • Generally, the radius of a rainbow is a 42°, but the radius of a Titan Rainbow would be about 49°.
  • Red rainbow is also called “Monochrome Rainbow”, and it is rarely seen.
  • When light bounces inside the water droplet more than once, then the double rainbows occur.
  • The world’s longest rainbow was spotted on March 14, 1994, in Sheffield, England.
  • Rene Descartes first realized in 1637 that rainbow occurs when sunlight is divided into different colours by raindrops.
  • The universal symbol of peace and harmony is rainbow.
  • Supernumerary rainbows are also called stacker Rainbows.
  • When half of the sky is cloudy and dark, that condition is the best condition to observe the rainbow.

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