Rainbows are among nature’s most beautiful phenomena, and double rainbows are a rare and wonderful treat!
Although they are much rarer than single rainbows, chances are you’ve still seen one or more of them in the past.
If so, did you notice that the colors in the two rainbows are displayed in reverse order?
Well, it’s true! Check out the colors in the twin rainbows shown above and you’ll be able to clearly see that they are indeed reversed.
The reason for the reversed order of the colors has to do with the way raindrops reflect and refract light.
I won’t bore you with the details here, but the short, but very interesting video below explains how it works if you’re interested.
The purpose of this post is simply to let you know about the phenomenon of the reversed colors so you can check it out for yourself the next time you see a double rainbow appear in the sky.
And now, here’s that short video explaining how double rainbows form. Check it out!
Note: As always, you can watch the video at full screen by clicking the “square” icon that will pop up in the lower-right corner of the video after it begins playing.