Earth Science Photo of the Day for December 15th

Rainbow Over Nordlingen, Germany

December 15, 2011

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: Jens Hackmann; Jens’ Web site
Summary Author: Jens Hackmann; Jim Foster
The panorama above shows a modest rainbow arching over Nordlingen, Germany as viewed late in the day on October 19, 2011. Regardless of how far or near a primary rainbow appears, its width is always approximately two degrees, and it always appears at an angle of about 42 degrees about the antisolar point.

Nordlingen is located in southern Germany, in the middle of the Nordlinger Ries, an impact meteor crater that’s estimated to be 50 million years old. In order to take this picture, I positioned myself at the top of the “Daniel,” a 230 ft (70 m) tall church steeple in the center of town. Note its shadow in the foreground.