How Rare is a Double Rainbow?

June 1, 2023

A double rainbow is mesmerizing and awe-inspiring to see, but it’s also quite rare. The double rainbow phenomenon occurs when sunlight passes through raindrops and refracts twice in the same spot, producing two distinct rainbows that appear opposite each other. The phenomenon was captured on camera by a photographer from the UK who shared his beautiful image on social media. The photo was met with awe and appreciation by most people. Some of them even posted about how they wish to see a double rainbow one day.

A rainbow is a natural phenomenon that’s usually seen when it rains or when you’re near water. It’s caused by the reflection and refraction of sunlight by raindrops and appears in the sky when the sun is low on the horizon. It can also be seen in the form of a halo around lightning or if the sun is very high above the horizon.

While it’s rare to see a double rainbow, it’s more common to see a triple or even quadruple rainbow in the sky. It’s a phenomenon called supernumerary rainbow and it happens when the droplets of water are all nearly the same size. The dark band between the multiple rainbows is known as Alexander’s band after 2nd century philosopher Alexander of Aphrodisias.

While it’s fascinating to see a double rainbow, it also brings up interesting questions about spiritualism and symbolism. For example, some Native American cultures believe that if you see a double rainbow, it’s a sign that you will meet your soulmate sooner.


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