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The straight rainbow over Paris

by | 27th, March 2013

Paris rainbow

IN Paris, the city is so secure in its sexuality, even the rainbows are straight:

Why is this horizon so colorful? Because, opposite the Sun, it is raining. What is pictured above is actually just a common rainbow. It’s uncommon appearance is caused by the Sun being unusually high in the sky during the rainbow’s creation. Since every rainbow’s center must be exactly opposite the Sun, a high Sun reflecting off of a distant rain will produce a low rainbow where only the very top is visible — because the rest of the rainbow is below the horizon.

Spotter: @DavidGrann, via Kottke

 



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