Neil deGrasse Tyson pays tribute to Orlando using the science of rainbows

In a series of posts on Twitter, Neil DeGrasse Tyson simultaneously explained the science behind rainbows and paid tribute to the victims of the Orlando massacre.

By Bronte Price, PoliticKING

Neil deGrasse Tyson explained the science behind a rainbow on Tuesday, the colors of which have become a global symbol of the LGBT community.

Just two days after the deadliest shooting in American history at a popular gay club in Orlando, the famous astrophysicist used his knowledge of the rainbow to express his condolences to the LGBT community.

In a series of posts to Twitter, Tyson called rainbows “a personal, yet communal gift from the laws of optics,” and why the pot of gold is always out of reach. Tyson ended his lesson on rainbows with a moving tribute to the city of Orlando itself.

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