Quadruple rainbow caught in Long Island sky
Fantastic and beautiful was the sighting caught by Amanda Curtis in Glen Cove New York at the IRR station when she spotted the rare quadruple rainbow on her camera. Curtis is CEO of 19th Amendment and was waiting for the morning train to Long Island when she spotted the rare reflection rainbow.
“Quadruple #Rainbow at #glencove ny @LIRR station Today will be 4 pots of #gold #lucky #chasetherainbow #aprilshowers”
What Amanda caught that day was a rare double rainbow which was being reflected, a sight that is well seen in “…the Scottish Western Isles are favored places for reflection bows. The prevailing warm south westerlies from the Atlantic Ocean bring frequent showers of fine rain interspersed by skies of exceptional purity whose sunlight is reflected in the many bays and inlets.” As Les Cowley of the Amostpheric Optics website goes on to tell us, “… produced by sunlight beaming upwards after reflection from calm water or wet sand”
Amanda’s rainbow is even rarer, as experts at atmospheric optics call it “tertiary or quaternary bows”. Her photo of the rainbow is the real deal caught over the skyline of Long Island.
Asteroid barely missed hitting earth Tuesday April 21st 2015
Asteroids are always flying past the earth and sometimes, they get just too darn close! This past Tuesday, an asteroid barely missed hitting the earth by 0.2 lunar distances or 45,600 miles from the earth at approximately 3am. Our bare eyes were not able to detect this sight unless you were in low northern or southern altitudes , but Asteroid 2015 HD could be seen by the Virtual Telescope and it fact barely missed hitting us.
What would happen if this asteroid in fact would enter Earth’s atmosphere? Our atmosphere would have done its job to protect us with the friction alone, the asteroid would have blistered apart into pieces. The sound of the asteroid breaking would be like a sonic boom and would not cause any harm to earth unless it broke apart over a populated area.
February 15, 2013 there was a similar asteroid that struck over Russia which is now called the Chelyabinsk meteor for the region if affected, broke windows in over 7,200 buildings and over 1,500 people were injured mainly from the flying glass. This meteor created so much damage as it had an in air burst similar to the meteor of 1908 which had flattened trees and killed many reindeer in northern Russia. This was the Tunguska meteor.
These types of meteors are very common to earth and a lot of them go unnoticed as they hit the ocean waters where no one will see them. But since 2000 there have been 26 atomic bomb scaled asteroids that have hit earth’s atmosphere, again, most of them have hit into the oceans where no one had spotted them.
But don’t worry, our government has since recognized the need to fund agencies to watch and track impeding asteroids that come too close to the earth’s atmosphere.