Double rainbow

06/09/2010

In his work Meteorologica (III.2, 371b33-372a3), Aristote wrote:

Not more than two rainbows occur at the same time. Of two such simultaneous rainbows each is three-coloured, the colours being the same in each and equal in number, but (i) dimmer in the outer bow and (ii) placed in the reverse order.

On 31 August 2010 Zagreb saw some drammatic weather, including heavy nimbostratus clouds which started to tear apart on the western horizon at the sunset. Here are two photographs I made from the window of my study, facing east, which verify Aristotle’s points (i) and(ii). I became aware of these two facts only after reading the quoted passage.

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