Quadruple Rainbow For The Win

Ami Angelowicz / October 6, 2011

We all know about double rainbows thanks to Paul “Bear” Vasquez’s You Tube video. Triple rainbows are far more rare but have been documented. The motherload of all rainbows is the elusive quadruple rainbow, which had yet to be seen until this week. Behold the image of the first quadruple, or quaternary rainbow, ever photographed in the countryside of northern Germany. It may not look like much — it’s basically impossible to capture all four rainbows in the same picture, hence you can only “see” two —  but it takes a whole lot of scientific serendipity to make a four-bow happen. It requires a quadruple bounce of light on raindrops for the multicolored beams to appear in the sunward part of the sky respectively 40 and 45 degrees from the sun.  In lay terms, this bitch is worth four pots of gold for the “rainbow chaser” who caught her. I look forward to the auto-tuned meme by the Gregory Brothers. [MSNBC]