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Colors of a rainbow

Posted by Sankar on August 9, 2007

We all know that the rainbow is made up of seven different colors. Ok. Technically, the rainbow contains the entire spectrum of colors, but generally, we define the rainbow to have seven colors (Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red). This is what I learnt in school and this is what I thought were the colors of the rainbow until…

until I saw an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on the Disney channel (courtesy, my 2 year old son 🙂 ). Anyway, this is an episode where the colors are lost in the world and they have to find objects of different colors in order to bring the colors back to the world. And I was surprised when they mentioned just six colors as colors of the rainbow. The six colors were Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple.

Since when did this get changed. Maybe I was not aware. So I googled and landed on this wiki page. It still says that there are seven colors of rainbow. Or is purple a combination of Violet and Indigo. Even if yes, how can they alter something basic like this. Maybe the rainbow’s that appear here in the US have only 6 colors 🙂 .


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