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Flying circus of physics

Chapter 6:

Splashing Colors Everywhere, Like A Rainbow

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  • 6.1 Rainbows   update Nov 2011  May 2012
  • 6.2 Strange rainbows    update June 2007
  • 6.3 Artificial rainbows
  • 6.4 The daytime sky is not dark
  • 6.5 Colors of the sky    update Oct 2009
  • 6.6 Blue mountains, white mountains, and red clouds
  • 6.7 Sailor's warning
  • 6.8 Sunsets and volcanoes
  • 6.9 Bishop's ring
  • 6.10 Cloud-contrast bow
  • 6.11 Sky colors during a solar eclipse
  • 6.12 When the sky turns green, head for the cellar
  • 6.13 Enhancement of overhead blue
  • 6.14 Dark patch and rosy border during sunset
  • 6.15 Bright and dark shafts across the sky  update Aug 2011
  • 6.16 Blue haze, red haze, brown haze
  • 6.17 Lights of a distant city     update Dec 2007
  • 6.18 How far is the horizon?
  • 6.19 Color of overcast sky
  • 6.20 Maps in the sky   update Aug 2009
  • 6.21 Brighter when it snows
  • 6.22 The end of a searchlight beam
  • 6.23 Short story: Newgrange winter-solstice sunbeam    update Nov 2007     June 2014
  • 6.24 The green flash
  • 6.25 Distortions of the low sun
  • 6.26 Red moon during lunar eclipse
  • 6.27 Crown flash
  • 6.28 Oasis mirage     update June 2007
  • 6.29 Wall mirage
  • 6.30 Water monsters, mermen, and large-scale mirage
  • 6.31 A ghost among the flowers
  • 6.32 Shimmy and twinkling stars
  • 6.33 Shadow bands
  • 6.34 The 22° halo and sun dogs
  • 6.35 A sky full of halos, arcs, and spots
  • 6.36 Mountain shadows
  • 6.37 Disappearing cloud shadows
  • 6.38 Colors of the ocean
  • 6.39 Reflection glitter of sun and moon
  • 6.40 Rings of light
  • 6.41 Shadows and colors in water
  • 6.42 Color of your shadow
  • 6.43 Seeing the dark part of the moon   update Mar 2008
  • 6.44 Heiligenschein and opposition brightening
  • 6.45 Grain field waves
  • 6.46 Glory
  • 6.47 Corona
  • 6.48 Frosty glass corona
  • 6.49 Iridescent clouds
  • 6.50 Blue moon     update May 2008
  • 6.51 Yellow fog lights
  • 6.52 Dark when wet
  • 6.53 Colors of snow and ice
  • 6.54 Firnspiegel and snow sparkles
  • 6.55 Whiteouts and snowblindness
  • 6.56 Yellow ski glasses
  • 6.57 When the ice grows dark
  • 6.58 Bright clouds, dark clouds
  • 6.59 Noctilucent clouds
  • 6.60 You in a looking glass    update Nov 2007
  • 6.61 Reflections off water and a stage mirror  update Jun 2006
  • 6.62 Pepper's ghost and the bodiless head
  • 6.63 Tilted windows for air traffic controllers
  • 6.64 Images in two or three mirrors
  • 6.65 Kaleidoscopes
  • 6.66 Mirror labyrinths   update May 2009
  • 6.67 A sideshow laser shoot
  • 6.68 Dark triangles among the decorations
  • 6.69 Shiny turns to black; blacker than black
  • 6.70 Retroreflectors
  • 6.71 Short Story: Landing in the dark behind enemy lines
  • 6.72 One-way mirror
  • 6.73 Rear-view mirror
  • 6.74 Side-view mirror    update Dec 2013
  • 6.75 A Bar at the Folies-Bergère   update Dec 2010 
  • 6.76 Renaissance art and optical projectors
  • 6.77 Anamorphic art    update June 2007   Nov 2010
  • 6.78 The bright and dark of streetlamps
  • 6.79 Multiple images from double-paned windows
  • 6.80 World's most powerful searchlight
  • 6.81 Archimedes death ray
  • 6.82 Short story: Illuminating a referee    update Dec 2007
  • 6.83 Spooky lights in a graveyard
  • 6.84 What a fisherman sees of a fish  update Apr 2010
  • 6.85 What a fish sees of the fisherman   update Mar 2008
  • 6.86 Reading through a sealed envelope
  • 6.87 Short Story: Sword swallowing and esophagoscopy
  • 6.88 Shower-door optics
  • 6.89 Magic of refraction    update Sep 2008
  • 6.90 The invisible man and transparent animals   update Feb 2008 
  • 6.91 A road made crooked by refraction
  • 6.92 Watering plants in sunlight
  • 6.93 Starting a fire with ice
  • 6.94 Diamonds
  • 6.95 Opals                         update July 2006
  • 6.96 Alexandrite effect
  • 6.97 Star sapphire
  • 6.98 Patterns from a glass of wine, a window and a drop of water
  • 6.99 Shadows with bright borders and bands
  • 6.100 Bright and dark bands over the wing  update Apr 2010
  • 6.101 Short story: Shock waves from the Thrust SSC car
  • 6.102 Pinhole and pinspeck cameras
  • 6.103 Solar images beneath a tree
  • 6.104 Lights through a screen, lines between fingers
  • 6.105 Bright scratches and colorful webs
  • 6.106 Bright streaks in a car windshield   update March 2013
  • 6.107 Reflections from a phonograph record
  • 6.108 Colors on finely grooved items
  • 6.109 Anticounterfeiting: Optically variable devices  update May 2010
  • 6.110 Colored rings from a misty or dusty mirror
  • 6.111 Color of milk in water
  • 6.112 Color of campfire smoke
  • 6.113 Ouzo effect    update Aug 2014
  • 6.114 Colors of oil slicks, soap films, and metal cooking pots
  • 6.115 Structural colors of insects, fish, birds, and monkey butts
  • 6.116 Pearls
  • 6.117 Protuberances on insect eyes and stealth aircraft  update Sep 2007
  • 6.118 Iridescent plants
  • 6.119 Anticounterfeiting: Color-shifting inks
  • 6.120 Color saturation in flower petals
  • 6.121 Yellow brilliance of aspen trees
  • 6.122 Colors of eyes
  • 6.123 So cold I turned blue
  • 6.124 Speckle patterns
  • 6.125 Colors in fluorescent light
  • 6.126 Polarizing sunglasses   update Aug 2008
  • 6.127 Sky polarization
  • 6.128 Ant navigation     update Nov 2006
  • 6.129 Colors and spots and polarization
  • 6.130 Colorless foam and grounded powder
  • 6.131 Glossy black felt, glossy varnish
  • 6.132 Colors of green glass and green velvet
  • 6.133 Peachy skin and apparent softness
  • 6.134 Twinkies and Vaseline parties
  • 6.135 The colors of meat
  • 6.136 A short beer
  • 6.137 "Whiter than white"
  • 6.138 Disappearing coin
  • 6.139 Sunglasses and smog
  • 6.140 Brightness of the ocean
  • 6.141 Blue ribbon on sea horizon
  • 6.142 Darkness falls with a bang
  • 6.143 Colorful contrail
  • 6.144 Nacreous clouds
  • 6.145 Twilight purple light
  • 6.146 Ripples in the sky
  • 6.147 Line across distant rain
  • 6.148 Bright nights
  • 6.149 Zodiacal light, gegenschein, and other nocturnal lights
  • 6.150 Reflections on sea horizon
  • 6.151 Using a solid metal ball to focus light   update Sep 2010
  • 6.152 A fast spin in a curved mirror
  • 6.153 Color of cigarette smoke
  • 6.154 If you could see in the UV
  • 6.155 Diffracted alphabet
  • 6.156 A game of reflection     Click on new to get the following new items (not in the book)
  • 6.157 Jack O'Lanterns   Oct 2006
  • 6.158 White beetles    Mar 2007
  • 6.159 Wet tee-shirt (T-shirt) and sunburn   Aug 2007
  • 6.160 Glare off a printed page    Oct 2008
  • 6.161 Gun sights and quark transformations  Apr 2010
  • 6.162 Relativistic length contraction --- what does it look like?   July 2010
  • 6.163 "Powers of Ten" --- the video    Nov 2010
  • 6.164 Audience scanning Mar 2011 
  • 6.165 Wooden mirrors   Dec 2012
  • Chapter 1Slipping Between Falling Drops(MOTION)
  • Chapter 2Racing On The Ceiling, Swimming Through Syrup(FLUIDS)
  • Chapter 3Hiding Under The Covers, Listening For The Monsters(SOUND)
  • Chapter 4Striking At The Heat In The Night(THERMAL PROCESS)
  • Chapter 5Ducking First A Flash And Then A Roar (ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM)
  • Chapter 6Splashing Colors Everywhere, Like A Rainbow(OPTICS)
  • Chapter 7Armadillos Dancing Against A Swollen Moon(VISION)
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