13 Oct '11, 5pm

Meteorologist Snaps First Photo of Rare Quadruple Rainbow

Meteorologist Snaps First Photo of Rare Quadruple Rainbow

Photo: Courtesy of Michael Theusner For those of us who've had the giddy fortune of seeing a double rainbow, apparently there's even bigger surprises in nature -- the quadruple rainbow. Also called a "fourth-order" or quaternary rainbow, this rare and elusive phenomenon (along with "third-order" or tertiary rainbows) has only been reported a handful of times in the last 250 years. But a German meteorologist and amateur astronomer recently captured the first photo of this rare occurrence. Multiple rainbows are seen when light is refracted, dispersed and reflected multiple times inside a raindrop; twice for double rainbows and three for tertiary rainbows and so on. You may be looking at the photo above and saying, hey, that's nothing but a double rainbow. But it is actually a tertiary and quaternary rainbow, and here's why, as explained by LiveScience : The spectacle in the ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/scientists-snap-f...

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