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Seeing Double

By: Rajkumar Raiyani

Taken from Lee Hsien Loong's Facebook Page

Singapore – Murmurs and echoes on the streets of Singapore were filled with aahs and oohs as people left work. What was all the commotion about on the 30th of September you might ask? Well, thrilled and astonished Singaporeans had a majestic sighting of a double rainbow. From Harbourfront to Jurong, people came out to take in the sights on a beautiful day. They snapped photos of this natural phenomenon and uploaded them on social media sites with wonderful captions and emojis. A rainbow is not something extraordinary but the sight of a double rainbow is rare and highlights the beauty of our planet earth and the power it still holds in our urban jungle.

A rainbow is a phenomenon caused by the reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets, which appears as a spectrum of colours across the sky. A double rainbow occurs when light reflects inside raindrops twice, creating a second spectrum across the sky. The second rainbow occurs at a different angle and the order of the colours are reversed, with red on the inner side of the arc. It also appears to be fainter than the first arc, which makes it harder to capture in photos.

In certain countries, a double rainbow is regarded as a sign of good fortune and a symbol of transformation. Often, the first arc represents the material world while the second arc symbolises the spiritual realm.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, a photo enthusiast himself shared Ed Cheong’s photo of the double rainbow over the Singapore River. He also encouraged people to upload and post pictures (https://www.facebook.com/leehsienloong/photos/)

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