Astrophotography – Landscape

Alexander’s dark band

Now here is a name for an effect that I have observed and been puzzled about!

Alexander’s dark band – – Alexander of Aphrodisias first described the effect with double rainbows in 200 AD and it now carries his name.
Light rays undergoing a single reflection in raindrops form the primary rainbow or brighten the sky inside it. Rays reflected twice are deviated to form the secondary bow or brighten the sky outside.

Raindrops along lines of sight between the two bows cannot send light to your eye and so the sky is darker there.

You can see the effect in this image I posted a year or so ago.

 

Read more at https://www.atoptics.co.uk/rainbows/adband.htm or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander%27s_band

Lightning video & photos from Lichfield, UK, 26/07/2019 between 0223-0250

Rhys took the following video/photos on our Samsung S7 phone using the slow-mo video function and edited to stitch the lightning strikes together using VideoPad Video Editor.

Video & photos are copyright Rhys Thornett, 2019. All rights reserved.

Photos are single frames from the video.

Andy

Video links first with photos of good single frames from video at bottom of post:

Video hosted on YouTube:

Video hosted on 1and1 (mp4):

Photos: