Desert Moonbow

March 11, 2005


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. This extraordinary sight, taken on a chilly, drizzly night in the high-desert, 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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