0 Question Asked: February 11, 2020In: Physicswhy are the colors in a double rainbow reversed between the bows?0Both bows curve the same way, so I’d expect that the colors stack up the same. But I saw one on the news recently and the colors were mirrored.In: Physics ShareFacebook 1 AnswerVoted jaa101 Added an answer on February 11, 2020 at 6:31 am The raindrops are acting like prisms but, also, the light bounces off the inside of the droplets: that’s how the light comes back at us. With the primary rainbow, the light is bent a total of about 139° whereas for the secondary rainbow it bounces twice for a total angle of around 231°. Because the secondary rainbow’s angle is more than 180°, the light crosses over itself, causing the colours to appear reversed.Here’s [a diagram](https://www.daviddarling.info/images/rainbow_physics.jpg) that shows what’s going on.0Reply Share ShareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on WhatsAppLeave an answerLeave an answerCancel reply Attachment Select file Browse Featured image Select file Browse What is the capital of UK? ( London ) Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.