Why Are The Colours In A Rainbow Arranged As They Are

We speak of ordinary light as being “white”; we call it white light, or sunlight. But this light is really a mixture of colors. When Sunlight strikes the edge of a mirror or the edge of a glass prism or the surface of a soap bubble, we see the colors in the light. What happens is that the white light is broken up into the different wavelengths that are seen by our eyes as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

Colours In A Rainbow

These wave lengths form a band of parallel stripes, each colour grading into the one next to it. This band is called a “spectrum”. In the spectrum, the red line is always at one end and the indigo and violet lines at the other end, and this is decided by their different wave lengths.

When we see a rainbow, it is just as if we were looking at such a spectrum. In fact, a rainbow is simply a great curved spectrum caused by the breaking up of sunlight.

When sunlight enters a droplet of water, it is broken up just as if it had entered a glass prism. So inside the drop of water, we already have different colors going from one side of the drop to the other. Some of this colored light is then reflected on the far side of the droplet, back and out of the droplet.

The light comes back out of the droplet in different directions, de- pending on the colour. And when you look at these colours in a rainbow, you see them arranged with red at the top and  violet at the  bottom  of the rainbow.

A rainbow is only seen during showers when rain is falling and the sun shining at the same time, but on opposite sides of the observer. You have to be between the sun and the droplets of water with the sun at your back. The sun, your eye, and the center of the arc of the rainbow must all be in a straight line.

what Is The 7 Colors Of Rainbow

There are seven colors in the rainbow: redorangeyellowgreenblueindigo, and violet.

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