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Quadruple rainbow puts double rainbow to shame but what does it mean?!

An image of a quadruple rainbow painting the New York sky multicoloured was captured by a New York fashionista.

Here's what a 'quadruple rainbow' looks like

Amanda Curtis captured an awe-inspiring photo of a quadruple rainbow near her home in Glen Cove, N.Y., on Tuesday.

Take that, epic double rainbow! (Even though the Double Rainbow video has now been viewed over 41 million times on YouTube since being published in January 2010.)

"It was rainbowing for at least an hour on January 8th 2010. It was incredible. The camera could not capture the vivid intensity and brightness. Look into the mirror, look into your soul! What it means," the viral video's description reads.

But not everyone is drinking the multicoloured Kool-Aid when it comes to this beautiful image. 

Raymond Lee, a research professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, who spoke to Fast Company, said what we're really looking here are "sunlight-reflection" rainbows.

"These rainbows can form when sunlight is reflected from a water surface behind or in front of the viewer, with the result that the sun's reflected virtual image forms a second light source which appears as far below the horizon as the sun's real image is above it," Lee wrote in an email. "A map of the Glen Cove, NY LIRR station shows that Curtis had a great location with Hempstead Bay to the [northwest], nearly opposite the morning sun."

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