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06/14/2016 11:18 pm ET Updated Dec 19, 2016

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Pays Homage To Orlando In The Most Scientific Way

The science of rainbows is surprisingly poetic.
Neil deGrasse Tyson had some rainbow facts to share with his followers on Twitter on Tuesday
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Neil deGrasse Tyson had some rainbow facts to share with his followers on Twitter on Tuesday

Neil deGrasse Tyson knows the science behind a rainbow, the colors of which have become a global symbol of LBGT pride.

On Tuesday, just two days after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history targeted a popular gay club in Orlando, the famed astrophysicist used his knowledge of the beautiful natural phenomenon to reach out to the heartbroken city.

In a series of posts to Twitter, Tyson explained some scientific details behind rainbows -- calling them "a personal, yet communal gift from the laws of optics" -- and why the pot of gold is always out of reach.

America's favorite scientist ended his lesson with beautiful tribute to the city of Orlando itself.

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