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A Tertiary Rainbow



THE supposed tertiary rainbow about which I sent a note a month ago must have been a halo formed by ice crystals, as readers of NATURE will perhaps have inferred merely from the recorded distinctness of the colours. It did not occur to me that ice crystals would be found in a horizontal direction from here, over the hot plains of the Punjab on the evening of an August day. But I have since calculated the size of the tertiary rainbow and the order of colours in it, and the calculation leaves no doubt that the phenomenon must have been a solar halo, caused perhaps by a hailstorm over the plains.

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