Desert Moonbow

March 11, 2005

Moonbow

Provided and copyright by: Jacob Sears
Summary authors & editors: Jacob Sears; Jim Foster

This beguiling photo of a Moonbow was captured on October 26, 2004 from Victorville, California. Taken on a chilly, drizzly night in the high-desert, this extraordinary sight occurred just two days before the full-moon. The requirements needed to form a "moonbow" are similar to the requirements of the much more common rainbow -- moonlight rather than sunlight is the light source. Look very closely and perhaps you can see faint star trails between the clouds in this 30 second exposure. The image has not been processed, so "dead pixels" remain in the image.

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