Double rainbow

Double rainbow

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Caption: Double rainbow. Rainbows occur when the observer is facing falling rain but with the Sun behind them. White light is reflected inside the raindrops and split into its component colours by refraction. A second, much fainter rainbow can be seen to the left of the first rainbow. This second rainbow is caused by different raindrops, which are higher in the atmosphere. These raindrops reflect the sunlight twice, causing the order of the second rainbow's colours to reverse. Photographed in Kansas, USA.

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