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It's a double rainbow! 10 beautiful pictures of last night's natural wonder over Worcestershire
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!
Double rainbow aaaaaall the way😭 pic.twitter.com/0krgCc2siI— Olly Kay (@OLLY_KaY) July 16, 2014
Double rainbow pic.twitter.com/cW3lHaqqNM— Chris Hobbs (@ChipHobbs) July 16, 2014
Somewhere over the rainbow..... nature at it's best! pic.twitter.com/ZNUcEeZMQ5— Julia Jones (@juliaj2108) July 16, 2014
— Rosie (@Hamilton45) July 16, 2014
Rainbow over Norton pic.twitter.com/tzXFf973JR— Andy Green (@AndyGreen51) July 16, 2014
Nice rainbow over the 18th this evening! pic.twitter.com/6ZUROWOX7F— Vale Men's Section (@ValeMensSection) July 16, 2014
Double full arch rainbow over the mount Bromsgrove pic.twitter.com/7PAnpwG5zw— SixDSomething (@Andy_Frizzell54) July 16, 2014
Rainbow over Evesham pic.twitter.com/sUvtOxgx6O— Andy Green (@AndyGreen51) July 16, 2014