It's a double rainbow! 10 beautiful pictures of last night's natural wonder over Worcestershire

Worcester News: BEAUTIFUL: This rainbow picture was tweeted by Rebecca Sheree BEAUTIFUL: This rainbow picture was tweeted by Rebecca Sheree

BRILLIANT evening sunshine combined with a rain shower to produce one of nature's natural wonders in Worcestershire yesterday evening - a spectacular double rainbow.

Here are 10 pictures captured by Twitter users.

According the to the Met Office, double rainbows are often called 'secondary' rainbows, and are formed by rays of light that are reflected inside the rain drop twice.

If you look carefully, you will see that the extra reflection means that the colours in the secondary rainbow are in the opposite order to the first (or 'primary' rainbow).

The secondary rainbow is also less bright because the light is being spread over a larger area of the sky.

The area between the two rainbows is known as 'Alexander's Band', named after Alexander of Aphrodisias, who first described its occurrence in 200 AD.

So now you know!

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12:46pm Thu 17 Jul 14

hakwright says...

Just to correct the article, the second rainbow is not less bright because the light is "being spread over a larger area of the sky", please do your homework! It's less bright because light is reflected twice inside the water drops to produce the second rainbow, light is lost at each reflection - two reflections, more light lost, so less bright. The second reflection also explains why the colour order is reversed for the 2nd rainbow.
Just to correct the article, the second rainbow is not less bright because the light is "being spread over a larger area of the sky", please do your homework! It's less bright because light is reflected twice inside the water drops to produce the second rainbow, light is lost at each reflection - two reflections, more light lost, so less bright. The second reflection also explains why the colour order is reversed for the 2nd rainbow. hakwright
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1:40pm Thu 17 Jul 14

xxfiregemxx says...

more lazy "reporting".........
more lazy "reporting"......... xxfiregemxx
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2:59pm Thu 17 Jul 14

The Villan says...

Chill dudes! and just enjoy the pictures :o)
Chill dudes! and just enjoy the pictures :o) The Villan
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