Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rare double rainbow spotted again in Singapore

Source Website: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/rare-double-rainbow-spotted-again-singapore
By seanyap@sph.com.sg, AsiaOne, Tuesday, 21 March 2017


Rare double rainbow spotted again in Singapore
PHOTO: Rare double rainbow spotted again in Singapore
The phenomenon occurs when light reflects inside raindrops twice, creating a second spectrum of colours across the sky. In Chinese culture, a double rainbow is considered auspicious and a reason for reflection and mediation (The Straits Times).
Facebook user Jerry Tang managed to snap a photo of the full rainbow from from the National Gallery Singapore. It appeared to span almost the whole length of the Padang from Suntec City's towers to Marina Bay Sands, with icons like the Singapore Flyer and the Esplanade seeming like they were underneath.
Many people immediately posted online photos of the double rainbow that they saw at many places in Singapore.
According to the Bible, the rainbow was a symbol of God's covenant with Noah not to flood the earth on a global scale again, after the Great Flood. (Genesis 9:12-17)
Photo: Facebook / Jerry Tang
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If you stepped outside before sunset on Tuesday (Mar 21) evening, you might have noticed many people with their phones pointed towards the sky.

Why? No, they were not catching the latest Pokemon, or trying to detect extra-terrestrial life forms. They were trying to snap photographs of a beautiful double rainbow that added a brilliant hue to the evening sky.


Stunning double rainbow decorated Singapore evening sky

PHOTO: Stunning double rainbow decorated Singapore evening sky
A sighting of a rainbow is seen as an auspicious symbol.
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User Jerry Tang managed to snap a photo of the full rainbow from from the National Gallery Singapore. It appeared to span almost the whole length of the Padang from Suntec City's towers to Marina Bay Sands, with icons like the Singapore Flyer and the Esplanade seeming like they were underneath.

"Never have I seen such a nice rainbow against our city. After editing I saw two instead of one rainbow. This picture does not do justice to natural beauty!" Mr Tang wrote.

Other users also shared their snaps on Facebook and Instagram, with sightings of the rare phenomenon in areas including the central business district and Toa Payoh.



Other users also shared their snaps on Facebook and Instagram, with sightings of the rare phenomenon in areas including the central business district and Toa Payoh.
PHOTO: Other users also shared their snaps on Facebook and Instagram, with sightings of the rare phenomenon in areas including the central business district and Toa Payoh.
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Another Facebook user, Amie Ajeng, managed to capture the exact moment in which an airplane appeared to fly right under the rainbow.



Rainbow and airplane

PHOTO: Gorgeous rainbows in Rome
So magnificent. So inspiring. So jealous! I am envious of all those who were lucky enough to see them in person. If I managed to catch them, I’d probably shed a tear or my heart would ache so much from seeing all these beauty. No sarcasm.
Picture posted by rinaz on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - Diary of a Singaporean now living in Rome, Italy
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The phenomenon occurs when light reflects inside raindrops twice, creating a second spectrum of colours across the sky. In Chinese culture, a double rainbow is considered auspicious and a reason for reflection and mediation, The Straits Times wrote.

In February this year, another unusual rainbow, thought to be a rare fire rainbow, caught the eye of residents in the city-state.



Rare 'paddle pop' rainbow in Singapore sky dazzles residents
PHOTO: Rare 'paddle pop' rainbow in Singapore sky dazzles residents
Fire rainbows are known as circumhorizontal arcs in technical terms, and are caused by light passing through cirrus clouds at high altitudes.
Photo: AARON TOH, Asiaone
Picture posted by The Straits Times on Tuesday, 21 February 2017

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A rare fire rainbow
PHOTO: A rare fire rainbow
The paddle pop-coloured rainbow is seen peeking behind a cloud, against a blue sky. It could also be an iridescent cloud, which is a rainbow-like effect in clouds when light passes through tiny ice crystals or water droplets and is diffracted.
Picture posted by Nathalie Delbecq‎, Urban Farmers (Singapore), Facebook on 20 February 2017
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An awesome sight. Fire rainbow spotted in Bishan.
PHOTO: "An awesome sight. Fire rainbow spotted in Bishan."
Photography enthusiast Scott Cheng, a 16-year-old student, was taking pictures of the sky from his home at Bishan Street 25 when he saw the rainbow.
"It looked very weird," he told ST.
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By seanyap@sph.com.sg, AsiaOne, Tuesday, 21 March 2017


Niagara Falls are seen with a double rainbow on 8 October 2006, from aboard the Maid on the Niagara River.
PHOTO: Niagara Falls are seen with a double rainbow on 8 October 2006, from aboard the Maid on the Niagara River. Under the rainbow, the American Falls can be seen and to the right are the Canadian Falls.
According to the Bible, the rainbow was a symbol of God's covenant with Noah not to flood the earth on a global scale again, after the Great Flood. (
Genesis 9:12-17) The rainbow is a great symbol of God's grace leading to life.
According to Chinese beliefs, a double rainbow is regarded as an auspicious sign.
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Reference

[1] Sean Yap, seanyap@sph.com.sg, AsiaOne, Rare double rainbow spotted again in Singapore, posted on Tuesday, 21 March 2017, http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/rare-double-rainbow-spotted-again-singapore

Links
last September - http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/double-rainbow-over-singapore-excites-many-evening

unusual rainbow - http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/rare-paddle-pop-rainbow-singapore-sky-dazzles-residents

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