A Red Rainbow at Sunset

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OCTOBER 9 was a mild day with south-west wind, and slight showers in the afternoon. The sky was overcast until sunset, when breaks appeared in the clouds. In the west there was a fine effect of orange-yellow sunset colour, while in the south-east at the same time the clouds were pink. Here, on some pink clouds near the horizon, a fine, nearly vertical patch of rosy-red rainbow appeared, which shone more brilliantly, and was of a rather yellower red than the surrounding clouds. The colour, varying in intensity, lasted for about three minutes, and the patch appeared to be from 10° to 12° in length; the occurrence took place about 5h. 30m. G.M.T. A similar rainbow is described in the current number of the Gazette astronomique.

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ARMITAGE, E. A Red Rainbow at Sunset. Nature 78, 605 (1908) doi:10.1038/078605b0

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