Quadruple Rainbow Captured For The First Time By Michael Theusner (Photo)

By on Oct 7, 2011 in Amazing, Environment, Europe, Science, World Comments

A quadruple rainbow has been photographed for the first time, several science news sites reported on Thursday, October 6, 2011.

Michael Theusner, a German rainbow-chaser reportedly captured the quadruple rainbow on the evening of June 11, 2011 when a rainstorm came toward his home in Schiffdorf in northern Germany.

Quadruple Rainbow
The Quadruple Rainbow
Credit: Michael Theusner / Applied Optics

The photo, which was shown above, shows a third-order and fourth-order rainbow at the center.

According to reports, the tertiary and quaternary rainbows can only form on the same side of the sky as the sun, unlike primary and secondary rainbows. On the above photo, the primary and secondary rainbows were said to be on the other side of the sky, so they are not visible in the photo.

“I was stunned, as I discovered that this was very likely the very first image in the world to show this rainbow,” Theusner was quoted as saying.

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