A stunning photo of a rainbow arcing over a lightning strike in Tucson, Arizona took the Internet by storm last week, garnering nearly 4,000 retweets on Twitter. And there’s a good reason the image went viral: Rainbow lightning is a spectacular— and spectacularly rare —phenomenon.
This scattered rainbow is one of the most amazing natural phenomena I have ever seen on my computer screen. Since Atacama desert is one of the driest places on Earth, it is almost a miracle that we can admire this beauty.
Not all rainbows are as colorful as their reputation suggests. There are some spectacular monochrome rainbows, when the conditions are right. The cooler shades drop out of the rainbow, leaving bands of yellow, orange, and red. Sometimes the rainbow narrows down to a bright red streak of light.
This is great. Rishi Kaneria made a quick supercut that stitches together scenes from Pixar movies according their particular color. Following the Roy G. Biv color spectrum, you'll see how Pixar chooses to use colors to make their animations. And it'll make you want to watch all the Pixar movies again.
When I saw these psychedelic cupcakes I really thought they weren't real—just regular cupcakes photoshopped to look like this. Upon closer inspection, I realized they were indeed real. Too bad that frosting is not made with lysergic acid diethylamide.
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is a master of light and color, creating trippy experiential works that mess with our perception. The artist's latest piece, recently installed at the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa, is like walking inside a human-scaled spectrograph.
Bigots were so outraged by gay couples getting married at San Francisco City Hall back in 2008 that they launched a fear campaign targeted at California's socially conservative Latino voters to ban gay marriage in the second state to make it legal. Yesterday, Prop. 8 vanished and City Hall lit up like a rainbow.
When you first see it, it looks like a perfect rainbow conforming to the contours of the river, trapped inside a waterfall. But then your brain realizes that that's not possible. How are there colors in the water? How is there a rainbow at night? It's the trick of long exposure photography. And I can't stop looking at…
Another day, another object that shoots rainbows. The things that's beaming a rainbow out into darkness is a Rochon prism. Unlike a regular prism, which just splits light into rainbows, a Rochon prism can actually separate out beams of light.
This rainbow on the moon is a combination of two factors. The first is an optical phenomenon that happens when the sun is directly overhead, the second is the filters on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Never stop complaining that CGI looks fake, people. It gets results. While Disney was funding research into making CGI rainbows look more realistic, the researchers found a mechanism to create rare twinned rainbows!
Behold a double rainbow from space! Well, technically, it's called glory, but it just looks like a double rainbow from the top. The optical phenomenon was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA's Terra satellite, orbiting over Baja California.
Hard gels and rainbow lighting—the color palettes of leprechauns and gay pride parades. But for this week's Shooting Challenge, you mastered aggressive color. (Then you were all like, "double rainbow all the way!" C'mon, so dated, guys.)
Kirsti asks: "Hey y'all, have you ever seen anybody make a rainbow with a 12 gauge shotgun?" No Kirsti, we certainly have not. But we are about to see it in this video you made.
Put your Apple Kremlinology hat on, folks, and look at the colorful logo on the right of this image. That was the logo that Apple used today to close their presentation, which they usually close with their metal logo.
This is a pretty picture of a rare occurrence, the odd coupling of a rainbow and a waterspout dancing side by side. Waterspouts are tornadoes over water. This happened near Crete, Greece, in the Mediterranean sea.
Rainbows are caused when sunlight is refracted and broken into its constituent colors by raindrops, creating these dramatic semicircular bands of light. But what conditions are needed to create double, triple, and even the elusive quadruple rainbows?
This is a wonderful photograph of someone blowing a candle. If you look closely, you can see rainbows on the smoke. Why do they happen?