Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains The Science Behind Rainbows In A Beautiful Tribute To Orlando Victims

"The exact rainbow any of us sees in the sky is entirely our own —a personal, yet communal gift from the laws of optics."

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson can always be counted on get to the truth of the matter and shut down superstition, misinformation and lies.

On Tuesday night, he reacted to the tragedy in Orlando with a beautiful lesson in how and why we see rainbows—incorporating Sir Isaac Newton, Star Trek and the LGBT community.

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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.