A fog bow is a similar phenomenon to a rainbow, however, but they appear as a bow in fog rather than rain. Because of the very small size of water droplets that cause fog – smaller than 0.05mm – the fog bow has only very weak colors, with a red outer edge and bluish inner edge. Continue reading to see more.
In many cases when the droplets are very small, fog bows appear white, and are therefore sometimes called white rainbows. This lack of color is a feature of a fog bow which distinguishes it from a glory, which has multiple pale colored rings caused by diffraction. When the droplets forming it are almost all of the same size the fog bow can have multiple inner rings, or supernumeraries, that are more strongly colored than the main bow. According to NASA: “The fogbow’s lack of colors is caused by the smaller water drops … so small that the wavelength of light becomes important. Diffraction smears out colors that would be created by larger rainbow water drops…”