For a few years I worked on the 42nd floor of Sydney World Trade Centre and just once we became aware of a rainbow that was centred on the building. It was a complete circle and we were in the middle of it. It was just a freak atmospheric situation that I've not heard of anywhere else.
In similar vein here's a link to a photograph my son took. He was hang gliding and photographed his own shadow on a cloud with a complete rainbow around it. The white flecks you can see through the cloud are waves breaking on the rocks.
It was taken at Stanwell Park, just south of Sydney. It's Australia's hang gliding capital.
In my whole life previous I would have said no. But earlier this year, I actually drove thru the end of a rainbow on the Obed summit near Hinton, Alberta, Canada.
Without a word of a lie, we actually were bathed in red-orange, then green-blue, then purple light as we drove along. Maybe 200 yards or more, it was like the blink of an eye.
Mrs. Idliketobuyavowel shed tears (why is that?). Do you know that the end of a rainbow moves very quickly, and it was at least a mile away (perpendicular to the highway) when I checked in my rearview mirror? 10 seconds later.
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It's all a matter of perspective...I think....but you know What? Mr. Idlovetobuyavowel just reminded me that I did actually drive thru a rainbow on Hwy 58...just South of Mojave. I caught the blue/violet ray. It was cool and surreal...but yes real.
To be honest you can never get to the end of a rainbow because it is made of light and each time you move it moves so even if it looks like the end is close you can NEVER get to the End OF A RAINBOW Hope this helps, sassyquin
No silly they're optical illusions! they appear when the light like hits water vapor or something like that. but i think everyone always has that small hope that there IS an end and they'll find a pot of gold....lol
No it is not possible because rainbows are simply the refractions of light through the water left in the air after rain and is seen through your point of view. If you move, so will the rainbow so it is impossible to catch it.
Yes. Did it. By accident. Didn't think it was possible. If a rainbow is caused only by refraction of light through water droplets in the air, then the apparent location of the rainbow should shift as you change position causing it to always have the same angle of refraction relative to your changed position, right? Wrong. When I was a kid in the back seat with my dad driving we drove around the curve of a mountain and right through the end of a rainbow we had been approaching. It did not move, and could still be seen looking out the back of the car. Can't explain it, don't understand it and I'm 56 now. But I remember it very well. Surprised the shit out of me!
No you cannot, however, everyone sees their own individual rainbow because the refraction of the light, which creates the colors, is based on the angle to your eyes. Maybe with teamwork you can get to the end of your friends rainbow and share.
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No. Rainbows are not even real, they are just projections of light in the sky. If you moved, then the illusion of the rainbow floating in the sky would just move with you. Therefore, it's impossible for anyone or anything to get to the end of a rainbow.