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Multiple Rainbow

Naturevolume 18page170 (1878) | Download Citation



ON Saturday evening I (and others) observed a rainbow which presented a very peculiar phenomenon. The primary bow, in the neighbourhood of its apex, was apparently composed of three distinct bows. Just below the violet of the principal bow the bright portion of a second bow was observed, and at about half the distance between the bright portions of these two bows was observed the bright portion of a third bow. The secondary bow looked much as usual, and the principal primary bow was very perfect, so far as I could see, on each side. The repetitions of the primary bow extended only through an angle of 35° or 40°, and did not apparently end at the same point.

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  1. Hampton Wick

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