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Wonders of Life: Rainbows
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Wonders of Life: Rainbows

Magnificent and beautiful to behold, a rainbow forms when, under just the right conditions, sunlight hits water droplets and breaks into the seven colors of the visible spectrum. At a place like Victoria Falls in Zambia, they're nearly a permanent feature.

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Atmospheric Optics: Rainbows

Atmospheric Optics: Rainbows

Not limited to an arc, a rainbow can take many shapes. Find out more about rainbows red, reflection, cloud, the rare moonbow, and more — plus what is definitely not a rainbow. More...

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How Rainbows Work

How Rainbows Work

Refraction is the name of the game for all rainbows. Investigate how this light-bending process when the rain and sun align gives us the spectacular display of color. More...

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HowStuffWorks
Rainbows Puzzler

Rainbows Puzzler

No muss, no fuss, and you can’t lose any pieces from these beautiful rainbow-picture puzzles. Select one of your preferred type — and now try to beat the clock. More...

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National Geographic
What Is a Double Rainbow?

What Is a Double Rainbow?

Is you've ever seen a double rainbow, you might have noticed that the colors are inverted — blue on the outside, red on the inside. Find out why that happens. More...

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AccuWeather
How Is a Rainbow Formed?

How Is a Rainbow Formed?

Watch how white light gets dispersed and reflected when you create the seven colors of the rainbow. Find a glass bowl of water, a flashlight, a mirror, and a few more common objects for this experiment. More...

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Learning & Creativity
Patterns in Nature: Rainbows

Patterns in Nature: Rainbows

The universal phenomenon of rainbows occurs all over the globe. Take a look at photos illustrating the variety of colors and conditions on land. More...

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National Geographic
Rainbows

Rainbows

You may see a rainbow in the sky, in a waterfall, and even in the spray of a lawn sprinkler. Explore the role your shadow plays in a rainbow’s visibility, and why you won’t see one in midday. More...

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HyperPhysics
Reflecting Rainbows

Reflecting Rainbows

Grab a flashlight and recycle one of your old CDs for a hands-on look at how interference patterns can reflect the colors of the rainbow. More...

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Exploratorium
The Mathematics of Rainbows

The Mathematics of Rainbows

Ready for a rainbow-inspired challenge? Find out why the violet arc in a rainbow includes paler-green bands in this look at the work of English mathematician George Biddell Airy. More...

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