The Science of Rainbows
Rainbows are meteorological phenomena that occur when sunlight is refracted, or bent, as it passes through water droplets in the air. This bending of light causes it to separate into its constituent colors, creating the distinct semicircular spectrum we all know and love. The primary ingredients for a rainbow are sunlight and water droplets, making Niagara Falls, with its mist-laden air, an ideal stage for these ethereal displays.
Niagara Falls boasts an ideal combination of natural elements to create stunning rainbows. The mist generated by the Falls rises into the air, forming a delicate curtain of water droplets. When the sunlight interacts with these suspended droplets, the magic happens. The refracted light spreads out, revealing a mesmerizing spectrum of colors against the backdrop of the roaring falls. Visitors often witness double rainbows, with a fainter secondary bow outside the primary one, adding to the enchantment.