Construction Worker Captures Rare Glimpse of a Full Circle Rainbow

August 03, 2017

In school, we would often hear that rainbows are a full circle, but this was hard to believe because all we ever get to see is usually a half-circle of color spread out across the sky. After all, in order for there to be a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, the rainbow has to have just that, an end.

However, a construction worker high up on a skyscraper was able to get just the right vantage point to get a full view of the rainbow after the rain had passed. Take a look at his incredible video below.

Our usual vantage point from the ground means that the curvature of the earth blocks our view of the complete rainbow. You can get close to seeing the full circle of the rainbow if you get high up on a mountain, but the ground usually still gets in the way due to the slope of the mountain.

In the case of this construction worker, he was in a crane working on the top of the Lakhta Center skyscraper in St. Petersburg, Russia. This skyscraper is over 1,500 feet tall and has a vertical drop down to the ground, allowing for a rare, unobstructed view of the rainbow.

Rainbows are caused by light reflecting and refracting the light that enters raindrops as they fall from the sky. In order for a rainbow to be visible, the sun has to be at your back, directly opposite of the falling rain.

Can you remember what the rainbow actually means? In the Bible, the rainbow is meant to be a sign from God that never again will he send a flood to destroy the world. In Genesis 9:12-15 the Bible says, “Then God said, ‘I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds, it is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life.”