A rare lunar rainbow – or “moonbow” – has been spotted in the night sky over Chile. And such a rare phenomenon is pretty amazing!
It was caught on camera over Punta Arenas on March 27, 2021 by photographer Camilo Muñoz Miranda.
“I have never seen this before… and actually never heard of a moonbow until now.”
How do moonbow form?
Lunar rainbows are formed when moonlight, rather than direct sunlight, is refracted by moisture in the atmosphere. They are much harder to see than the daytime versions because moonlight is so much fainter, meaning they often look white to the naked eye.
The combination of conditions required for a lunar rainbow to appear makes it a rare sky phenomenon. Have you ever had the chance to see a lunar rainbow?
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