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“The colors were incredible. It didn’t seem real.”

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“Rainbow Insanity”

Photographer John Entwistle was on his Jersey Shore patio with his 11-year-old daughter as the remnants of Hurricane Florence rolled through leaving 5 rainbows in its wake.

After sharing the photo on his social media, NASA featured its as its “Astronomy Picture of the Day.”

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“In general, supernumeraries are quite common. There are many pictures of 2 or 3 supernumeraries, but the appearance in nature of 5 supernumeraries is exceptional.”

Gunther Können, a retired climate scientist at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute.
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NASA explains supernumerary rainbows only form "when falling water droplets are nearly all the same size" with sunlight not only reflecting from inside the raindrops, but "interfere, a wave phenomenon similar to ripples on a pond when a stone is thrown in."

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