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#### Using a Rainbow Arc

Currently our rainbow has a circular shape, even though most of it is hidden below the ground plane. You can easily create a rainbow arc by using the `arc_angle` keyword with an angle below 360 degrees.

If you use `arc_angle 120` for example you'll get a rainbow arc that abruptly vanishes at the arc's ends. This does not look good. To avoid this the `falloff_angle` keyword can be used to specify a region where the arc smoothly blends into the background.

As explained in the rainbow's reference section (see "Rainbow") the arc extends from -arc_angle/2 to arc_angle/2 while the blending takes place from -arc_angle/2 to -falloff_angle/2 and falloff_angle/2 to arc_angle/2. This is the reason why the `falloff_angle` has to be smaller or equal to the `arc_angle`.

In the following examples we use an 120 degrees arc with a 45 degree falloff region on both sides of the arc (`rainbow3.pov`).

```  rainbow {

angle 42.5

width 5

arc_angle 120

falloff_angle 30

distance 1.0e7

direction <-0.2, -0.2, 1>

jitter 0.01

color_map {

[0.000  color r_violet1 transmit 0.98]

[0.100  color r_violet2 transmit 0.96]

[0.214  color r_indigo  transmit 0.94]

[0.328  color r_blue    transmit 0.92]

[0.442  color r_cyan    transmit 0.90]

[0.556  color r_green   transmit 0.92]

[0.670  color r_yellow  transmit 0.94]

[0.784  color r_orange  transmit 0.96]

[0.900  color r_red1    transmit 0.98]

}

}```

The arc angles are measured against the rainbows up direction which can be specified using the `up` keyword. By default the up direction is the y-axis.

A rainbow arc.

We finally have a realistic looking rainbow arc.

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