THE BOOK OF 25 – CHAPTER 11
The story of the rainbow. Once upon a time there were a few clouds in the sky. The sky grew darker and darker and it began to rain, first as a drizzle, then more and more rain fell, until it was a torrential downpour. Everything on the earth, got soaking wet. I don’t mean damp, or just watery, I mean soaking until you are overflowing and flooding. The rain fell and it filled the streams. The streams became rivers. The rivers overflowed into waterfalls and then flowed into the seas and the seas into the oceans.
And then it stopped, the clouds parted and the sun peaked through. Just,a few rays at first. As these rays peaked through, the sun hit those miniature water droplets and lit them up. The light refracted and those refractions sparkled like diamonds across the sky. Soon, those refractions of light, arched across the heavens, spanning across cities, across countries and across continents. The light took on many colours and soon everyone could see the bridge between heaven and earth. Most everyone could see six colors : Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet and sometimes, if you are lucky, you can see Indigo . Remember it’s all an illusion.
Moral- A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines on to droplets of moisture in the Earth’s atmosphere. It takes the form of a multi-colored arc. 6 or 7 colors are traditionally seen.
N.B: ROYGBIV is an acronym for the sequence of hues in a rainbow:
A rainbow spans a continuous spectrum of colors; the distinct bands are an artifact of human color vision. In Roy G. Biv, the colors are arranged in the order of decreasing wavelengths, with red being 650 nm and violet being about 400 nm. Aristotle claimed there was a fundamental scale of seven basic colors. Renaissance artists tried to establish a new sequence of up to seven primary colors from which all other colors could be mixed. Newton divided his color circle, which he constructed to explain additive color mixing, into seven colors. His color sequence including the tertiary color indigo is kept alive today by the Roy G. Biv mnemonic. Originally he used only five colors, but later he added orange and indigo, in order to match the number of musical notes in the major scale
WHAT ARE PRIMARY COLORS AND HOW DO THEY RELATE TO A RAINBOW?