July 28, 2017

This Crane Operator Captured a Mind-Blowing Video That Shows Rainbows Are Actually Circles


Ever got told there’d be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Turns out there is no ‘end’. Rainbows aren’t arches, they are circles. A Russian crane driver, working at the Lakhta Center skyscraper in St Petersburg, Russia caught the phenomenon from his position towering over the city. The trick is in being somewhere really high.Generally, when we see rainbows, we imagine them as arches, because the rest of the rainbow is cut off by the horizon.   

Rainbows are a phenomenon formed by the reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in the spectrum of light we understand to be a rainbow. They generally occur when there is a specific amount of airborne water droplets. This can often occur after rain, or in misty or dewy weather.

The crane operator caught this very unusual sight while working on the Lakhta Center. Once completed the Center will be the tallest building in Russia and Europe. The site is a mixed use non-residential project that will contain scientific and educational facilities as well as an outdoor amphitheater. The 462-metre high tower is expected to be completed in 2018. It will be the second highest structure in Russia after the 540 meter- high Ostankino Tower.

Via Lakhta Center / Лахта Центр

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