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Double red rainbow over New Mexico

It’s rare to see a red rainbow. Sky conditions have to be just right, and the timing has to be right. If you do see one, you’ll never forget it.

View larger. | Double red rainbow on July 21, 2015 by Steve Lacy, near Las Cruces, New Mexico.

View larger. | Double red rainbow on July 21, 2015 by Steve Lacy, near Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Steve Lacy captured a red rainbow this week, just at sunset. He wrote:

After a desert thundershower, a real treat lasting only a few moments …

Canon 5DmkIII 15 mm lens

Thank you, Steve!

Red rainbows happen when the sun is on the horizon. They’re created in much the same process that causes a sunset or sunrise to look red.

Read more about what makes a red rainbow

Read more about what makes a double rainbow

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