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« Reply #25 on: 29/11/2008 09:11:32 »
Hi Karen, have posted my experience on your thread too because it adds credence to your initial post and means that at least three of us now are completely bonkers or you, my wife and I saw the end of a rainbow.

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=18551.msg208231#msg208231

Hi peoples something very strange happened to my wife and I while driving back from Torquay yesterday after taking the dogs for a walk. It started to rain. So what?-- I hear you say, it does that a lot in the UK. And I agree it certainly does rain a lot but this was very different. Two magnificent rainbows appeared side by side right in front of the car and we drove right through the end of one of the rainbows.

This is a first for both of us. The road was coloured in a line in front of us, almost like the road had changed into all the colours of the rainbow. It was one of those days you wished you had a camera.

It was truly spectacular.

When we were kids we used to play in the quarry and spray the hosepipe into the air to form a fine mist, this provided us with an artificial rainbow keeping us entertained for half an hour or so.

Hmm just remembered we used to collect phosphorous rocks and thrown them down the road when it was dark that was pretty amazing too come to think of it, anyways back on track.


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« Reply #26 on: 30/11/2008 01:19:16 »
An amusing youtube video on this topic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3qFdbUEq5s&feature=related

She can't be serious, no one can be that stupid, can they?

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« Reply #27 on: 24/12/2008 17:06:17 »
Hi. I'm from Hawaii and I'd like to say that I'm glad I found this message board discussing passing through a rainbow. I was recently at Discover.com message board where someone asked if it was possible to pass through a rainbow and most of the posters there discounted it saying that it was an impossibility. I did post something but now the link to that site has been replaced. Anyway, I want to add that I've also experienced passing through a rainbow twice. The first one was the most vivid. It was just an amazing experience seeing all the colors around you. I was driving downhill at that time and there was another car in front of me that passed through it first. The second time I experienced it was on the freeway. I know another person personally who claimed he has experienced it. So there, add me to the few (maybe many?)who have passed through a rainbow.

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« Reply #28 on: 25/12/2008 12:55:29 »
Aloha Cris12 Welcome to the NS forum and hope you stay for a while.
Thanks for adding your own experience traveling through the end of a rainbow.

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« Reply #29 on: 25/12/2008 19:04:17 »
Aloha Andrew. Thank you for welcoming me. Iíve just gotten up (Christmas morning) and Iíve just finished reading one of your links (Jenniverse.com), which was a very interesting read. I donít know if youíve gone to the message forum at Discover.com that is also discussing the end of the rainbow. Here is the link if youíre interested:

http://community.discovery.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9701967776/m/5111941998/p/2

As you may know, Hawaii is place full of rainbows. I see at least one almost every day.  There are days when the rainbows would seem to fall on the freeway rush traffic and as I drive towards it I'd hope to experience passing through the end of the rainbow again. But the rainbow would just stay so tantalizingly out of reach.

There are too many skeptics who are too sure of themselves but we who have experienced it just canít deny what was an amazing phenomenon.

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« Reply #30 on: 26/12/2008 01:08:01 »
Cris 12
Are you saying you have or have not seen this phenomenon?

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« Reply #31 on: 26/12/2008 08:39:30 »
sophie,

On my first post (about 3 rungs up), I'm relating my experience with going through the end of a rainbow. The first one happened 11 years ago and the second, about 8 years ago. I've written them up in my journal, by the way.

On my second post, I'm just saying that there are lots of rainbows where I'm from but I haven't experienced it again since then; although,  there were occasions where I thought it would happen again. So to answer your question, I have seen this phenomena.  :)

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« Reply #32 on: 26/12/2008 12:25:57 »
And were you walking or in a car?


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« Reply #33 on: 26/12/2008 19:38:05 »
Driving, in a car.

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« Reply #34 on: 26/12/2008 22:56:24 »
This confirms my view that the appearance of a rainbow may be due to something local to the car. For instance, the wheels throw up spray which could cause a partial  bow to appear locally, which would be very close to the observer. Bright sunlight and very dark clouds in the background could lead to a very striking and 'contrasty' rainbow. A very intense experience which could constitute a more compex illusion. The angle would be the same for the arc but the place where the arc 'touched the ground' could be different for each end of the bow.
The mundane explanation has to be preferable to a 'magical' one, boring as it may be.

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« Reply #35 on: 27/12/2008 04:33:35 »
So how do you explain that I could see the rainbow where it landed from about 50 yards away and it stayed where it was as I approached it and passed through it? Also, the road wasnít wet so my wheels werenít throwing up sprays.

One other person claimed to have gotten out of the car and stood in the colors. You probably donít believe her but Iíll give her the benefit of a doubt. Here is a link to her illustration of her experience.

http://jenniverse.com/impossible%20things%20rainbow.html

Youíll have to try a little harder to convince me I didnít see what I saw. You might as well tell me that I donít exist. ;D

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« Reply #36 on: 27/12/2008 07:55:46 »
OK.. Heres some things that happened that day.. earlier while I was at school watching the rainbow with the last kids... It had rained like a half hour or so before.. not hard mind you just a tad.. and  when I said goodbye to the kids and locked up it had to have been about 45 minutes to an hour of time elapsed since the rain and the incident in the car..with the rainbow!  The only time I couldn't see the top of the arch was as I passed through it it was over the solid top of my car.. when I leaned out there was still an arch over head but I could only see so far because of the car top! The colors on top were not visible to me fom inside the car but I could still see it on my van and owhen I slowly came out of it it was still behind me bu8t I still saw another further away and was confused as to if I was seeing another or the same.. The image behind me was still there it did not move as everyone states that they do! I am not uncertain of that the bow of colors came down almost to the ground in front of the bushes not behind them or beyond them right in front of them.. and by the way It was not raining anymore that had quit when the kids and I went out to see the rainbow before and there was no road splash as the road had already dried up in the sun before I came along... There was however still water on the bushes and grass on the side of the road... you could see it was still damp! The road held no splash up though!
I understand what sophie is saying it just does not fit into the explanation as I saw it so I reall don't get it! I have seen other rainbows that I tried to see the end.. Hasn't everyone? But They indeed did all move away or seem too as we tried to get closer and then they were just gone or just staying out of reach.. This one however did not move and was very clear and very defined and I was shocked as I came down the road to see its end ahead of me the closer I got the bigger it seemed and more vibrant in color and as I slowed to drive through the end was to the right of the front side passenger side of my car I would say it was within two feet of the ground.. just under my hip height if I were to guess... right in front of the bushes as I could see the colors reflecting on the bush as it came down.. I wish I could show you what I mean..

Take a huge sheet of clear plastic paint a rainbow across it with like a water color base so you could still see through it.. then stand it in front of a bush on the ground.. That would be as close as I could explain it to you!

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« Reply #37 on: 27/12/2008 10:32:14 »
Sophie no one is saying it is a magical experience. We are just stating exactly what we saw. A rainbow that was not circular that touched the ground on at least one end and did not move as we approached it but grew in size the closer we got. People were walking around outside with colours drizzled all over them. The area was much brighter than outside of the rainbow end. We drove very slowly though the vibrant colour show, marvelling in the beauty of what lay before us.

If anyone up to the point my wife and I experienced this had claimed you could reach the end of a rainbow. I too would have said that I would have to see it for myself before I could believe it.

The answer might be found in the double rainbow, somehow combining the light from both of them into a central focal point, so that light is hitting the same spot from two sources. Just a guess but there must be a logical answer somewhere for what we all saw.

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« Reply #38 on: 28/12/2008 09:57:41 »
Akf.
Have you seen and understood how the rainbow is formed? There are dozens of links plus many old School textbooks with diagrams.
You haven't made it clear whether you were in a car?

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« Reply #39 on: 28/12/2008 10:05:38 »
Yes we were in a car. http://forums.mokata.net/ar/t6327.htm However several others I have found were able to walk through it. The people who were walking though the one my wife and I saw were bathed in colours and the light was golden. Yes I do understand that the rainbow is an illusion. But this one was a bloody good one.

Not hard to understand really when one looks at a crystal pendant reflecting light around our homes from the sunlight outside the home, it does not need a window to do this so why does our rainbow require us to be in a car?

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Have you seen and understood how the rainbow is formed? There are dozens of links plus many old School textbooks with diagrams.
You haven't made it clear whether you were in a car?


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« Reply #40 on: 28/12/2008 12:14:50 »
A  normal rainbow follows the 'laws' strictly. I am looking for some additional factor which would modify the appearance to allow it not to appear circular as with a normal bow.
Crystal pendants operate in a totally different way, producing a real image on a surface. If you understand the difference between real and virtual images how can bring that phenomenon into the discussion? If you don't understand, then read about them - it shouldn't compromise any of your principles to find out something like that - and you may see what I am getting at.
Let's try some proper Science, for a change.
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« Reply #41 on: 30/12/2008 10:32:30 »
I'm thinking it has something to do with the light passing through droplets to create two rainbows. Maybe having the light go through the droplets from two sources such as a reflection from one other source has something to do with it? Has the light passing through the droplets been split into two sources?

All I do know for sure about this phenomenon is that I saw what I saw and so did my wife.


A  normal rainbow follows the 'laws' strictly. I am looking for some additional factor which would modify the appearance to allow it not to appear circular as with a normal bow.
Crystal pendants operate in a totally different way, producing a real image on a surface. If you understand the difference between real and virtual images how can bring that phenomenon into the discussion? If you don't understand, then read about them - it shouldn't compromise any of your principles to find out something like that - and you may see what I am getting at.
Let's try some proper Science, for a change.
« Last Edit: 30/12/2008 11:15:20 by Andrew K Fletcher »

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« Reply #42 on: 02/01/2009 05:08:36 »
wow! thats quite an experience...i have seen many but never had the luck or opportunity to walk right through it...it must have been an awesome experience for you!

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« Reply #43 on: 02/01/2009 08:30:08 »
spooky is a word that could be used to describe the colours that were providing an eye feast for us.

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« Reply #44 on: 02/01/2009 14:42:39 »
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I'm thinking it has something to do with the light passing through droplets to create two rainbows. Maybe having the light go through the droplets from two sources such as a reflection from one other source has something to do with it? Has the light passing through the droplets been split into two sources?
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow
The diagrams are fair. In both / all cases, the rainbows are virtual images and occur nowhere in particular - or you could say, infinity, as that is where the object (The Sun) is situated.
This is why I am looking for some extra influence which could have modified the apparent position of what you and other people have seen. For instance, the presence of a wet windscreen etc..

Now a photograph, taken by - not of someone who actually is having your experience, would be interesting. I think it may be a bit like ectoplasm and ghosts - a very intense and pleasurable experience at times but not exactly what is happening.  Seeing is not necessarily believing. Photoshop could always be made to produce any effect, too!

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« Reply #45 on: 04/05/2009 05:59:22 »
Karen W.    I too experience driving through a rainbow.  I was a passenger in a car, driven by by mom.  It happened happened about 30 years ago when I was a teenager, but I remember it well, not something easily forgotten and somehow it changes your life forever.  It was a double rainbow and it covered our two-lane road like a canopy or covered bridge and went on for several blocks.  it was simply, indescribably amazing and we were both in profound and utter awe.  I remember wondering while it was happening if other people were seeing it too, or if it was just us. Years later, my mother described it as like "traveling through another dimension."  And I couldn't have put it better.  That is exactly what it felt like. 

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« Reply #46 on: 05/05/2009 02:29:56 »
Karen W.    I too experience driving through a rainbow.  I was a passenger in a car, driven by by mom.  It happened happened about 30 years ago when I was a teenager, but I remember it well, not something easily forgotten and somehow it changes your life forever.  It was a double rainbow and it covered our two-lane road like a canopy or covered bridge and went on for several blocks.  it was simply, indescribably amazing and we were both in profound and utter awe.  I remember wondering while it was happening if other people were seeing it too, or if it was just us. Years later, my mother described it as like "traveling through another dimension."  And I couldn't have put it better.  That is exactly what it felt like. 

B.

I must say.. That driving through this rainbow was a very interesting experience very beautiful in colors and fantastc to see although hard to undestand according to what I have been told by members here... their explanations do not match what I saw and experienced...I do have an open mind for trying to understand the science behind it...but that does not mean I have actually grasped the whole idea and taken them in as explanation.... there are too many differences in what I saw!

I must also say I can't say it was Life changing either but it was lovely and very cool.... certainly could not describe what I saw as if I were in another dimention... the area it covered was propbably about 20 to 30 ft in distance on the road and it was more like a rainbow colored veil
hung  down where the end touched down.. a beautiful  rainbows in really right in front and around me inside of the rays of its color bands....
I was enamered by it and found it really awesome but was very surprised not having had een that before.I was an adult seeing this.

I really don,,t understand it but it is a very nice memory as I do adore rainbows! 

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« Reply #47 on: 09/05/2009 04:18:55 »
I have also experienced driving through a rainbow. I was with my husband about 20 yrs ago driving in the Redwoods in California, U.S.. The road was very curvy and the canopy above from the trees was almost complete.  Once in a while a break in the forest would allow some sun shine through here and there and the rain was mostly a drizzle. Rounding a sharp hairpin turn while climbing up the mountain road the sun on the dusty windshield made it nearly impossible to see the road for a second, but as we began turn we were suddenly bathed in a spectrum of light.  We were driving very slowly on this slippery mountain road. I turned to my husband,to see if he saw the same thing,my husband was focused on the road but I saw him smiling. Then we were through it. It was probably only a few seconds of time but it seemed in slowed motion. It was very cool and I will never forget the feeling of amazement and warmth that we shared that day.  When we got to the campground, next to the Pacific Ocean our friends began to tell us about this, "very brillantly colored rainbow that went right down into the trees."  They could see it from the beach.

To those who do not believe-
Scientifically the spectrum can be seen when light shines through a transparent medium (like a raindrop) and undergoes partial internal reflection, and this is refracted between the angles of 40į(violet) and 42į(red).  The rest of the colors fall in between. Physics tells us we can never find the end of the rainbow because if we see the rainbow we are already at the proper angle and if we move the angle will change.   BUT...physics does not say that a rainbow cannot find us. (Not us personally of course).  There is really no reason why, albeit the odds have got to be phenomenal, that if all the conditions were right it is possible. There are rainbows present that we don't see because our angle is wrong between the drops and the sun, so depending on where the sun is in the sky a rainbow could be anywhere.

I also want to say that I am thrilled to find this site and others who have experienced this, I knew what we saw that day was real, I just never met anyone else who experienced it too.

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« Reply #48 on: 09/05/2009 07:07:54 »
I have also experienced driving through a rainbow. I was with my husband about 20 yrs ago driving in the Redwoods in California, U.S.. The road was very curvy and the canopy above from the trees was almost complete.  Once in a while a break in the forest would allow some sun shine through here and there and the rain was mostly a drizzle. Rounding a sharp hairpin turn while climbing up the mountain road the sun on the dusty windshield made it nearly impossible to see the road for a second, but as we began turn we were suddenly bathed in a spectrum of light.  We were driving very slowly on this slippery mountain road. I turned to my husband,to see if he saw the same thing,my husband was focused on the road but I saw him smiling. Then we were through it. It was probably only a few seconds of time but it seemed in slowed motion. It was very cool and I will never forget the feeling of amazement and warmth that we shared that day.  When we got to the campground, next to the Pacific Ocean our friends began to tell us about this, "very brillantly colored rainbow that went right down into the trees."  They could see it from the beach.

To those who do not believe-
Scientifically the spectrum can be seen when light shines through a transparent medium (like a raindrop) and undergoes partial internal reflection, and this is refracted between the angles of 40į(violet) and 42į(red).  The rest of the colors fall in between. Physics tells us we can never find the end of the rainbow because if we see the rainbow we are already at the proper angle and if we move the angle will change.   BUT...physics does not say that a rainbow cannot find us. (Not us personally of course).  There is really no reason why, albeit the odds have got to be phenomenal, that if all the conditions were right it is possible. There are rainbows present that we don't see because our angle is wrong between the drops and the sun, so depending on where the sun is in the sky a rainbow could be anywhere.

I also want to say that I am thrilled to find this site and others who have experienced this, I knew what we saw that day was real, I just never met anyone else who experienced it too.

Welcome Cinda I am Karen....nice to meet you.. and I am dumbfounded that you seen the same phenomonon where you did.... That makes TWO of us in the redwoods in California...I am up in the Eureka, Arcata, Blue Lake Area, Humboldt County....U.S.A. we live in Redwoods here in Northern California! This is where I seen the same thing and Like you... I drove through it...Only took a brief moment ....a couple hundred feet and Out I came.. It was very cool and definitely made me smile...It was amazing! I know what I saw was real and it does not fit what I have been told! I am sure what I saw was the end......
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« Reply #49 on: 09/05/2009 09:34:17 »
great cool

 

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