40 Interesting Rainbow Facts

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Did you know you can never get to the end of a rainbow? When you move the rainbow also moves.. Learn more how rainbows form, what colors we see in a rainbow, and much more on this list of interesting rainbow facts.

1. A rainbow is a multi-colored arc that forms in the Sky.

2. Rainbows is a phenomena caused by refraction, light reflection, and dispersion in water droplets.

3. A rainbow happens when is raining in one part of the sky and sunny in another.

A rainbow happens when it is raining in one part of the sky and sunny in another.
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4.  The colors of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

5. An easy way to remember the colors of the rainbow is ROYGBIV.

6. Scientist Isaac Newton explained how a rainbow occurs.

Scientist Isaac Newton explained how a rainbow occurs.
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7. A rainbow arch is a 42-degree angle starting from the direction opposite from the sun.

8. Moonbows rainbows occur when the moon’s light reflects through the raindrop.t

9. A person standing next to you is standing in a slightly different spot and sees the rainbow different because they see different raindrops.

A person standing next to you is standing in a slightly different spot and sees the rainbow in a slightly different because the person next to you sees different raindrops.
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10. When the sun is lower, the rainbow will be higher in the sky.

11. On the ground, we only see a semi-circle rainbow but from very high up, such as on an airplane, you can see a rainbow in a complete circle.

12. The primary rainbow usually appears after a Rainstorm.

The primary rainbow usually appears after a Rainstorm.
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13. You cannot touch a rainbow as it has no physical appearance.

14. We can’t see rainbows in the winter because in the winter raindrops freeze into snowflakes so fewer raindrops fall.

15. You see more rainbows in tropical locations and by waterfalls.

You see more rainbows in tropical locations and by waterfalls.
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16. Earth is the only planet in the solar system where rainbows are possible.

17. Different civilizations had different beliefs about rainbows in ancient times.

18. According to Greek mythology, the rainbow is a bridge between heaven and earth.

According to Greek mythology the rainbow is a bridge between the heavens and earth.
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19. The ancient people of Serbia believed that the rainbow was the Storm God’s bow.

20. Alexander’s Band is technically not a rainbow, but it is associated with the primary and secondary rainbows.

21. Rainbows can be seen not just in the rain but also in the mist, spray, fog, and dew.

Rainbows can be seen not just in rain but also mist, spray, fog, and dew.
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22. Very rarely, light can be reflected 3 or 4 times within a water droplet.

23. A “fogbow” is formed by cloud and fog droplets.

24. “Rainbow” comes from the Latin arcus pluvius, meaning “rainy arch.”

“Rainbow” comes from the Latin arcus pluvius, meaning “rainy arch.”
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25. The Greek epic poet, Homer, believed that Rainbows were made of a single color, Purple.

26. Supernumerary rainbows are also known as stacker Rainbows.

27. During the Renaissance, there were four colors: Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow.

During the Renaissance, there were four colors: red, blue, green, and yellow.
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28. The radius of a Titan Rainbow would be about 49° instead of 42°.

29. Red rainbows are also called monochrome rainbows – formed after rainfall during sunrise or sunset.

30. There is no set number of colors in a Rainbow because of each hue blends into the next without a hard boundary.

There is no set number of colors in a rainbow because each hue blends into the next without a hard boundary.
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31. Double rainbows occur when light bounces inside the water droplet more than once.

32. The world’s longest-lasting rainbow was seen over Sheffield, England on March 14, 1994.

33. Rainbows are the universal symbol of peace and harmony.

Rainbows are the universal symbol of peace and harmony.
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34. The state of Hawaii is home to the most Rainbows than any other area on Earth.

35. A red rainbow is a very rare variation of the rainbow.

36. The moist atmosphere of Titan, Saturn’s moon is ideal for the formation of a rainbow.

The moist atmosphere of Titan, Saturn’s moon is ideal for formation of rainbow.
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37. Rene Descartes was first who realized in 1637 that Rainbows were caused by light from the Sun being split into different colors by Rain.

38. Rainbows are hardly seen at noon.

39. It is difficult to photograph the complete semicircle of a rainbow in one frame.

It is difficult to photograph the complete semicircle of a rainbow in one frame.
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40. Cloud rainbows form from small water droplets in clouds and damp air, rather than from raindrops.

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