13) Types of rainbows in the sky

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By courtesy of rainbowflowerhillfarm.blogspot.com
By courtesy of rainbowflowerhillfarm.blogspot.com
Primary rainbow
This is the most commonly seen in the sky.  It forms 40 to 42 degrees of anti solar point (an imaginary point opposite to the sun).  If there are smaller reflective droplets, only violet color will be visible.
By courtesy of rainbowwebecoist.momtastic.com.
By courtesy of rainbowwebecoist.momtastic.com.
Secondary rainbow
A secondary rainbow cast outside or next to the primary rainbow.  It appears to be lighter than the primary.  It has a double reflections in the water droplet, also known as Alexanders Dark Band.
By courtesy of rainbowcloundman.com
By courtesy of rainbowcloundman.com
Supernumerary rainbow
This is a special rainbow.  It needs interference of light rays of different wavelengths to be formed.  It appears on the inside of a primary rainbow and it is faint in color.  The faint pastel streaks of color also form outside the secondary rainbow though it is rare.
By courtesy of 10harakat.blogspot.com
By courtesy of 10harakat.blogspot.com
Lunar rainbow
This rainbow is not form by sunlight but moonlight.  It appears on the Lunar month when the moon is nearly full, form by the light from the surface of the moon, reflecting in tiny droplets that cause the refraction and stream of color eventually.  It usually appears in a white faint bow on the outer rim of the moon.
By courtesy of apod.nasa.gov
By courtesy of apod.nasa.gov
Fogbow
This particular rainbow is not formed by rain but fog.  This happens when water droplets are too tiny for light to pass through in the same manner as in a normal rainbow.  And when inadequate color dispersion of light takes place, it results in a white band known as white rainbow.
By courtesy of flick.com
By courtesy of flick.com
“Ice Kacang” rainbow
 A local desert popular in Malaysia and SingaporeIce Kachang (Ice Beans) contains jelly, red beans, sweet corn and palm seeds, topped with shaved ice, condensed milk and Rainbow colored syrups.  Take this on hot weather will certainly put a rainbow smile on your face!

74 thoughts on “13) Types of rainbows in the sky

    ritalovestowrite said:
    December 7, 2012 at 1:35 am

    How about Sun Doggies? Have you ever heard of those? Not sure if you’d consider them proper rainbows, but they are pretty cool.
    http://iwitness.weather.com/_Perfect-SUN-DOGGIES-Captured-full-ring/photo/12960673/148597.html

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

      This more likely the rare type, Reflected or Reflection Rainbow, adopted from web site – rainbow is caused by the reflection of the reflected light, that is the sunlight. Here the light travels from two directions, one from the sun and the other from the reflected image of the sun. This is most likely to happen when a rainbow is formed on a water body. Both the angles of light will be different, hence you will see two rainbows.
      Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/types-of-rainbows.html

    puzzle said:
    December 7, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Such a funny ending – thank you for the laughs! :D

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Is a sweet ending! Thanks, puzzle! :)

    Wackadoodle! said:
    December 7, 2012 at 3:17 am

    hahahaha cool! I’ve seen lunar rainbows and as kid, I thought it was alien spaceships invading earth hehe
    great blog!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Haha! it could be by them too, to distract your attention by shifting Head Quarter here! :)

    Cornelia M. Balas said:
    December 7, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Beautiful! Thank you!

    ninasbreakfast said:
    December 7, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Sydney!!! You make me smile!!! : )

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Let’s toast with a plate of Ice Kacang! :)

    reflectionsonlifethusfar said:
    December 7, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Cool pics and info! I have never seen a moon rainbow before.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

      Is quite common compare to sunlight rainbow, it appears in the Lunar month, you may like to ask vampire, he may be able to tell you where to find it! LOL! Just joking! Hey! Thanks for reading!

        reflectionsonlifethusfar said:
        December 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

        LOL! If I’m ever up late maybe I’ll take a look. Do they come out after rain like daytime rainbows?

        Sydney Fong responded:
        December 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        You know rainbows is nature phenomenon, it depends on your luck and your eye level! cheer! :)

        reflectionsonlifethusfar said:
        December 8, 2012 at 1:05 am

        Ah, okay ;)

    petspeopleandlife said:
    December 7, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I had no idea there are several kinds of rainbows. Great educational post. Thanks Sydney.

    chris13jkt said:
    December 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Thank you for sharing the information about rainbow, Sydney. From all kinds of rainbow, my favourite is the last one :P

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Me too! we don’t have to hunt for it, is all on the table! :)

    Rexlin Victor said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Good post!! Beautiful rainbows!!

    marymtf said:
    December 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for such an informative post (who knew about the lunar rainbow? Not me). I’m sure you already know it, but you’ve got a simply fabulous blog. I’m looking forward to checking out your older posts.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks, Mary! I have just came across this article, and would like to share with you all! Thanks for your reading! cheers! :)

    likeitiz said:
    December 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I loe ice kachang!

    isaac976 said:
    December 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Will you be participating in the Ascendas photography contest? hope you do .. and if you do .. good luck bro

    Regards
    Isaac

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      I don’t think so! 1st I don’t know want is it about. 2nd if I know it makes no different to me, as I am newbie in Photography, and competition is a stressful stuff to me! Any way thanks for your prompt reading, let’s cheer for a great weekend! :)

    Summer said:
    December 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Really awesome! I enjoy it : ) Thanks for sharing
    Have a beautiful color day

    Greetings, Summer

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      You too, summer!Have a great weekend! :)

        Summer said:
        December 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        Thank you! : )

    Leo said:
    December 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    When I was at Victoria Falls there was a double rainbow every hour in the rain forest there,it was very pronounced and made good photography. It rained every hour due to the spray from the falls but everything was dry within five minutes in the summer.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Double rainbow every hour? wow! Thanks for sharing life story with me, I hope rainbows always be with you! :)

    Louise G. said:
    December 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I love all the rainbows — one of my favourite things in the world! And the last one is perfect!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      Yes! just like me, as long they are rainbows, form doesn’t matter to me! I am glad we shared the same interest! Thanks, Louise!

    evilnymphstuff said:
    December 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I love rainbows :) beautiful photos!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Yes, that is the beauty of nature! Thanks, evilnymphstuff! :)

    Photography Journal Blog said:
    December 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Your last rainbow is intriguing! I’d love to give it a try. Great post!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Yes! must try! but don’t try in winter! LOL! Thanks for your visiting! cheers! :)

    Divine Lunacy said:
    December 7, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Thanks for dropping into my blog. Your photos are stunning – love the 2nd one with the double rainbow.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 8, 2012 at 12:52 am

      Thanks! I’ll going back to your Blog soon, see you around! And have a great weekend!

    kelihasablog said:
    December 8, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Beautiful rainbows! :D Great blog!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Thanks, Keli! enjoy your weekend!

    I ♥ Pho Thanh Binh « Nina's Breakfast said:
    December 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

    […] thought of Sydney’s post yesterday about rainbows and how it made me […]

    CK said:
    December 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I saw the longest rainbow in my life recently, in Amsterdam. I wish I have a wide angle lens to capture the whole rainbow. :)

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      You saw a rainbow in Amsterdam? That is double blessing! Huat!

        CK said:
        December 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        Actually is double rainbow, so is double double huat! hahahaha

        Sydney Fong responded:
        December 11, 2012 at 10:01 pm

        :)

    Gaël LOAËC/Paul ANDREWS (Blog 3) said:
    December 8, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Hello Sydney
    merci d’aimer ce que j’écris sur mon blog
    j’espere que les prochaines fois tu oseras me laisser un petit commentaire de ton passage
    j’en serais bien ravi et même si ce commentaire tu me l’écris en anglais ou dans une autre langue
    j’peux y faire une traduction avec l’ordinateur pour tout bien comprendre ! (:)
    bonne fin de semaine à toi Sydney et à bientot

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Sure! I see you around! Andrew!

    Gaël LOAËC/Paul ANDREWS (Blog 3) said:
    December 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    ils sont vraiment ces arc-en-ciel en tout cas !!! j’aime beaucoup
    @+tard

    Ace Arcanum said:
    December 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    A lunar rainbow…Interesting…

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 10, 2012 at 12:17 am

      Hey! Thanks for your stopping by! wish you have a great week ahead! :)

    wavensongz said:
    December 10, 2012 at 12:47 am

    The Rainbows are Fantastic as well as my favorite. You did your homework the RESEARCH on this was AMAZING. Thanks for stopping by and liking my blog. I shall return, you are AMAZING. :-)

    dumitruichim said:
    December 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

    beautiful

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Hey! I manage to salvage you from the spam!
      Thanks for the visiting and cheers!
      O, and Happy New Year in advance!

    Po' Girl Shines said:
    December 30, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Especially like the Kroger coupon info, lol!

    Funkangeles said:
    December 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Great post Sydney caught me off guard with a smile!! thx

      Sydney Fong responded:
      December 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

      You are most welcome, Funkange;es! I wish you sun and rainbows filling up your 2013 year!
      Cheers!

    linesbylinda said:
    January 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Happy New Year to you, Just come take pics for me I will gladly share 8 inches of freshly fallen show!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Wow! Omg, 8 inches? I am so envy!

    cristinasandru said:
    January 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Great post, thanks for sharing!
    I have nominated you to the The Very inspiring Blogger award! check it out here: http://cristinasandru.wordpress.com/
    Have a a nice day!
    Cristina

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you! :)

        cristinasandru said:
        January 21, 2013 at 8:28 pm

        You deserve it! You welcome! :)

    awesomeclawson said:
    January 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

    very interesting :) thanks for following my blog –you are one of my most COMMITTED followers and you, I believe, have left the most comments–THANK YOU THANK YOU!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Cause I got nothing to do! Haha!
      Have a great day! :)

    Corinne Shields said:
    February 13, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    These are beautiful, Sydney. I have captured a few rainbows of my own, including a double one but I didn’t know what caused it, just that I don’t remember seeing one before.

    Not many rainbows here today in the UK. It seems to have been raining or snowing for months.

    Best regards and thanks for your visit to soulsnet.
    Corinne

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 13, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Here too, Corinne!
      1st we only look for money, 2nd we only look at pc, when we look up. is already turn dark! :)

    gita4elamats said:
    February 26, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Have you found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, yet? :)

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      No! Not yet! Still finding and making my own rainbow! Long way to go! :)

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