Surprise! What a rainbow looks like from above

Circular Rainbow over Australia

October 11, 2014

Full circle rainbow featured by NASA
Brandie Piper, KSDK (St. Louis) 6:23 p.m. MST October 3, 2014

 

A full circle rainbow was featured as NASA’s Astronomy Photo of the Day this week.(Photo: NASA/Colin Leonhardt, Birdseye View Photography)

COTTESLOE BEACH, Australia – Have you ever seen a full circle rainbow before?

Most people see rainbows from the ground, which makes them look like an arch. But when you see a rainbow from the air, you can see it’s actually a full circle.

Earlier this week NASA posted this photo, taken over Cottesloe Beach, Australia, as the Astronomy Picture of the Day. The caption says it was taken from a helicopter that was flying between a downpour and a setting sun.

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