Double Pink Rainbow Across The Sky; Setting Sun Creates Rosy Rainbows [PHOTOS]

 @rpalmerscience
on March 11 2013 4:27 PM

You may already be familiar with (and perhaps sick of) double rainbows; but what about a double pink rainbow, all the way across the sky?

pinkrainbow01 The setting sun colors a rainbow in with blushing pink hues.  Jacques Joubert/EPOD

That’s what New Zealand photographer Jacques Joubert captured while photographing a sunset in South Africa last October. The pink tones of the rainbow come courtesy of the sun’s low position near the horizon, which makes the sunlight travel a longer path and scatters the green and blue wavelengths, leaving behind a rosy tinge.

Joubert’s photo was featured by NASA’s Earth Science division as the Earth Science Picture of the Day on Monday. His isn’t the first pastel rainbow to win the crown of EPOD, either; last September, NASA featured a snapshot of a pink rainbow seen over Australia’s Corio Bay in July 2011:

pinkrainbow02 An Australian sunset generates this pink rainbow.  Phil Thomson/EPOD

Another blushing rainbow can be seen in an EPOD from November 2005, which captured a pink streak arcing above Quebec.

pinkrainbow03 A rosy rainbow captured in the sky above Canada in 2005.  Paul Charbonneau, Soleil du Jour/EPOD

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