Can you see a rainbow if you are standing directly under it?

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  1. IDONO profile image81
    IDONOposted 6 years ago

    Can you see a rainbow if you are standing directly under it?

    I know rainbows have to do with light refraction and rain, but they are always on the horizon. I'm sure someone has ideas about this.

  2. suzanno profile image70
    suzannoposted 6 years ago

    rainbows appears due to the refraction of light. Rainbows can be seen when we stand facing against the sun. The theory behind it is ,when white light passes through the water drops in the atmosphere ,they act like small prisms and hence refraction occurs spreading colour . since red has the longest wavelength its seen at the top as it travels longer distance ,while violet is seen at the bottom due to its shorter wavelength.
    its impossible for us to stand under the rainbow as its a trick done by refraction ,similar to that when it causes a mirage . i hope this helps.

  3. MatthewLeo1701 profile image83
    MatthewLeo1701posted 6 years ago

    If I am not mistaken, rainbows are due to refraction, and as a result they are pretty much one dimensional. We are able to perceive them only because of our relative position, elevation and angle of perception. If a person was direcly underneath, it being a one dimensional phenomena, you would see all the the prismatic colored converged into one line, that being the natural light that is passed through the raindrops before it is split by refraction.

  4. Cre8tor profile image98
    Cre8torposted 6 years ago

    I can honestly say that I've driven through a rainbow. This is no lie, nor makeup to fit your question. Heading to North Carolina for vacation, we were driving through the hills of West Virginia. We could see the rainbow from a distance and soon see that it dropped right onto the road ahead of us. As we approached, you can imagine the conversation, and then poof...gone...and then poof, there is was behind us. Believe it or not, it's true and I believe answers your question.

 
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