On Friday July 15 a full moon was revealed over California’s Yosemite National Park and with it came a unique sight, Moonbows.
Park officials revealed the moonbows in an official video. A full moon is the best time to reveal the phenomenon which are also known as lunar rainbows.
In the YouTube video Steve Bumgardner explained:
“A lot of people don’t realize that we even get rainbows at night in Yosemite,” while adding, ” If there’s a full moon and the sky is clear, the moon, which is just reflected sunlight, is actually enough light to generate a rainbow at a place like Yosemite Falls.”
According to Space.com:
The moonbows are created the same way as rainbows after a storm: light hits water droplets and refracts in its component spectrum of different colors.
During the day, rainbows are born when sunlight hits water vapor after a storm. But at many Yosemite National Park waterfalls, the spray from waterfalls and the full moon light combine in dazzling lunar rainbow displays.
Whatever the reason for the rainbows, it’s a very cool sight to behold.
Here’s the official Yosemite National Park moonbow video: