Do rainbows appear in the sky when foxes get married?
Do rainbows appear in the sky when foxes get married? Well, this is a mystery that humans have wondered about for ages and has made us curious from the first time we saw one as a child. My grandmom used to say it appears when gods dance in heaven. In this Now You Know, let's find out why rainbows appear in the sky.
When sunlight passes through water drops in the air, for example, rain, the light bends twice (once while entering the drop and once while exiting) and then reflects off the back of the drop like a reflection in a mirror and that's when the light is visible to us. The raindrops act like tiny prisms that bend the light and separate it into seven colors---violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. You must have heard the word "VIBGYOR" in school, right?
However, one drop can reflect only one color of light, so there has to be a lot of water drops for a bright and full rainbow to appear. Usually, right after a rain shower is when you see the brightest rainbows as the water drops are large.
To see a rainbow, you need three
a) the sun should be shining,
b) the sun should be behind you, and
c) there should be water drops in the air in front of you. The higher the sun is in the sky, the less we see of the rainbow.
We call it a rainbow because it has the shape of a bow---a half-circle. Have you ever seen the full circle of a rainbow?
The only way is to be above the raindrops and has the sun behind you. Next time you are on an airplane when it's raining, try peeking down on the drops. I guess what you'll see is a rain circle.
Can you imagine two foxes getting married right after a rain shower with lush greenery around, the sun shining bright, a clear sky and with a multicolored tiara in it for the bride? Why not?