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Quadruple Rainbow Photographed for First Time

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posted on Oct, 5 2011 @ 09:40 PM

Forget the double rainbow. This year, the quadruple rainbow is all the rage.

A new photograph shows the first-ever evidence of an elusive fourth-order rainbow.

Few people have ever claimed to see even three rainbows in the sky at once. Scientific reports of these phenomena, called tertiary rainbows, were so rare - only five were reported in 250 years - that until now many scientists believed they were as real as a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

These legendary optical rarities, caused by three reflections of each light ray within a raindrop, have finally been confirmed, thanks to photographic perseverance and a new meteorological model that provides the scientific underpinnings to find them. The work is described in a series of papers in a special issue published this week in the journal Applied Optics.

The optical treasure hunt even went one step further, as revealed in the photo that shows the shimmering trace of a fourth rainbow.

Screw this little dinky picture, I would like the full size high-res image of this.

I can sort of see it on the picture, but when you have a picture that is 21kb, your losing a little bit of quality and sharpness.

Cool to see though and interesting that there have only been 5 reported in 250 years. This photo is going to be worth quite a bit.

Any thoughts?


posted on Oct, 5 2011 @ 09:51 PM
reply to post by predator0187

Where's double rainbow dude when you need him?

I think his head would've exploded if he saw the quadruple model.

posted on Oct, 5 2011 @ 09:59 PM
What a lot of people dont realize about rainbows is that they are actually a circle its just the ground gets in the way so we only ever see the top part.

posted on Oct, 5 2011 @ 10:22 PM
reply to post by FortAnthem

Haha, that was awesome.

Must have been inspiration for this...

edit on 5-10-2011 by homeslice because: (no reason given)

posted on Oct, 5 2011 @ 10:24 PM
reply to post by PhoenixOD

No, there is a pot of gold at each end. My mom's friends sister said someone at her church knew a guy that saw it!

That person wouldn't lie.

posted on Oct, 5 2011 @ 10:35 PM
OK could some one point out all 4 for me? I can just barley see 2. I even downloaded the picture and enlarged it and inverted the colors trying to find all 4 and I can still only see 2

posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 12:16 AM
That's the rainbow serpent

posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 10:08 AM
Looks like a double rainbow to me and I just took pictures of one a month ago.

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