Ever wondered what it's like to fly down into a rainbow from the sky? Recently skydivers jumping in New Zealand got a chance to find out, reports Stuff.co.nz.
Rainbows appear as arcs from the ground, but every once in a while during the right conditions they show up as a perfect circle from above.
British adventurer Anthony Killeen was doing a tandem skydive in New Zealand on Monday when he and his local instructor spotted something truly unexpected. They were 16,000 feet above Bay of Islands, a subtropical micro-region in northern New Zealand, when they looked down to see a 360-degree rainbow.
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"We were both ecstatic, laughing together, and kept circling so we could keep looking at it," Killeen told the news site Stuff.co.nz. No pun intended, right? Apparently spotting a full-circle rainbow isn't all that rare, but capturing one on camera is unusual.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Killeen has spent the past few years pursuing various adventures including bungee jumping, according to his YouTube channel. Currently he's based in the northern city Whangarei and works for the i-Site Visitor Centre there, Stuff reported. I imagine his skydiving footage might help draw some visitors.
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Killeen posted a bunch of cool photos showing the circle-rainbow on Imgur, but his YouTube video is a mere 4 seconds long and has no sound. Wanting to add some excitement, I experimented with looping those 4 seconds while playing the audio from the double rainbow guy (video).
Since there is a double rainbow around the circle's edge, it actually kind of worked. Woah, indeed.