… You can wear a rainbow

Wear a rainbow

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  • The phenomenon of the rainbow can be observed when there are water droplets in the air with a light source, usually sunlight, shining from behind the observer at a low altitude angle.
  • Rainbows are usually seen in the western sky during the morning and in the eastern sky during the early evening.
  • The rainbow effect can be commonly seen near fountains or waterfalls.
  • The rainbow effect can also be created artificially by dispersing water droplets into the air when the sun is shining strongly.
  • In theory, every rainbow is a full circle, not a semi-circle, but viewed from the ground, only its upper half can be seen.
  • To the observer, a rainbow appears located at a specific distance away, however as it is an optical illusion caused by atmospheric phenomena, it is therefore not an object and cannot be physically approached. Pots of gold, said to be hidden by Irish leprechauns at the end of rainbows, are for this reason, unfortunately impossible to reach.
  • The classical Greek scholar Aristotle (384–322 BC) was the first to devote serious attention to the study of rainbows.
  • The spectrum of colours within a rainbow as perceived by the human eye was acknowledged by Isaac Newton (1642-1726) with his prismatic colour theory, giving us the familiar seven-fold sequence of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.  In reality, there are no distinct colour bands as rainbows actually span a continuous spectrum of colours. Black and white photos of rainbows do not show the bands that human colour vision perceives, instead showing a gradation of tone which smoothly intensifies and fades.
  • Newton’s rainbow band sequence is remembered with the classic mnemonic device ‘Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain’ (ROYGBIV).
  •  In Norse mythology, the rainbow bridge ‘Bifröst’ connects ‘Misgard’, the world of men with ‘Asgard’, the realm of the gods.
  • It is speculated that rainbows might exist on Titan, Saturn’s moon, as it has humid clouds and a wet surface. Due to the hazy skies of Titan, rainbows would be a rare sight to the naked eye, although with the aid of infrared night vision goggles, infrared rainbows would be visible.
  • ‘Fogbows’ , found when fog is thin enough for bright sunlight to shine through, form in the same way as rainbows, but are much broader and  are almost white with faint reds on the outside and blues inside.
  • Rainbows are not only caused by light from the Sun, but also from the Moon, being known as lunar rainbows’, ‘night-time rainbows’ or moonbows’.  They require the Moon to be almost full in order for them to be seen and are much dimmer and rarer than solar rainbows. Although they are often perceived as white and monochromatic, the full spectrum is actually present, but the human eye is usually not sensitive enough to see the colours in such low light.
  • The dramatic and rare ‘red rainbow’ is caused during a rain shower at sunrise or sunset when the shorter wavelengths like blue and green scatter and are essentially removed from the spectrum leaving the monochromatic reds.

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Above (l-r)Ecru Rainbow Stripe Jumper and Rainbow Stripe Jumper both £29.95  by Run & Fly

available online and in store at Larks.


Above :  White Rainbow T-Shirt £14.95  by Run & Fly available instore at Larks.


Above (l-r)Navy Rainbow Stripe Jumper £29.95 and Rainbow Stripe T-Shirt £14.95  by Run & Fly

available online and instore at Larks.

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Above (l-r):  Navy Rainbow Sleeve Jumper £29.95 and Navy Rainbow Stripe T-Shirt £14.95 by Run & Fly

available online and instore at Larks.

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Above (l-r): ‘Wizard of Oz’ Cushion £35 and Print £10-28 and by Mementos of Home instore

and online at Larks

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Above: Iron-On Embroidered Patches £3 – £12.50 from a selection available in store at Larks