Rare Rainbows in the Dark [24 PICS]

Upper Yosemite Falls Moonbow

Upper Yosemite Falls Moonbow. Rainbows in the dark have been delighting the few who are fortunate enough to witness the phenomenon since Aristotle’s time. Photo #1 by Teddy Llovet

Lunar rainbow, moonbow formed over Fraser Island

Just after 1am, this moonbow formed over Fraser Island. Photo #2 by Garry – www.visionandimagination.com

Moonrainbow over Easter Island

This spectacular picture from Easter Island shows the Milky Way, the Magellanic clouds, and a Moonbow. Photo #3 by Phil Plait

Moonbow and starry night

Moonbow and starry night. According to Wikipedia, “Moonbows are most easily viewed when the moon is near to full (when it is brightest). For true moonbows, other than those produced by waterfalls or sprays, the moon must be low in the sky (less than 42 degrees and preferably lower) and the sky must be dark. And of course there must be rain falling opposite the moon. This combination of requirements makes moonbows much more rare than rainbows produced by the sun.” Photo #4 by Thoth, God of Knowledge

The Yosemite Falls Moonbow

The Yosemite Falls Moonbow. Photo #5 by Joe Dsilva

Rainbow 'Round the Moon

Rainbow ‘Round the Moon: a rainbow made exclusively with the light of the full moon. Notice the star trails. Made at Cumberland Falls in southern Kentucky. Photo #6 by Jim code poet

Moonbow at lower Yosemite fall

The spray from lower Yosemite waterfall created this moonbow. Photo #7 by Mila Zinkova

Lunar rainbow over Victoria Falls

Lunar rainbow over Victoria Falls. Photo #8 by gman1981

Lunar Rainbow at Lower Yosemite Falls

Lunar Rainbow at Lower Yosemite Falls. Photo #9 by Sathish J

Moonbow - Cumberland Falls, KY

Moonbow – Cumberland Falls, KY. The colors that make up a lunar rainbow are too faint to excite the color sensors in our eyes. White rainbows are closer to what the unaided eye can see and those murky shades of gray from a black and white rainbow. Photo #10 by Daveblog

Nearly full moon creates a lunar rainbow on Upper Yosemite Falls at about 1AM

Nearly full moon creates a lunar rainbow on Upper Yosemite Falls at about 1AM. Photo #11 by Brian Hawkins

Moonbow over Lower Yosemite Falls

Moonbow over Lower Yosemite Falls. Photo #12 by Dancingmonkey.org

Yosemite Falls Moonbow

Yosemite Falls Moonbow. Photo #13 by Sathish J

stormy night rainbow in the waves

While not a traditional lunar rainbow, on this stormy night, a rainbow seems to form in the waves. Photo #14 by Mila Zinkova

Moonbow

Moonbow? A true lunar rainbow is in a bow-shape like a traditional rainbow, but whatever this is . . . it is showing off rainbow colors in the dark. Photo #15 by Chris Gladis

Lunar iridescence in altocumulus

Lunar iridescence in altocumulus. Photo #16 by Lance Andrewes

Lunar Flare

Lunar Flare. Photo #17 by ~dgies

White Rainbow, a moonbow

White Rainbow, a moonbow. Photo #18 by Dumgoyach

Awesome moonbow over Australia

The photographer called this an “awesome moonbow over Australia.” Photo #19 by Rowen Atkinson

Scorpius in Moon halo

The photographer called this “Scorpius in Moon halo.” It is probably a moon ring. Wikipedia defines a “moon ring, also known as a winter halo, as a phenomenon that usually appears in conjunction with a full moon.” Photo #20 by Mike White

22° halo of the moon was observed in Salvador Bahia Brazil for about 10 minutes

22° halo of the moon was observed in Salvador Bahia Brazil for about 10 minutes. Photo #21 by Luzinho

blue stone and white rainbow

Okay, so not a real moonbow. The photographer noted, “Oopps, I happen to hit the ‘night’ button on my keyboard……amazing what we can do in our computers these days. :-)).” Photo #22 by Per Ola Wiberg

lunar corona

This is a lunar corona. Photo #23 by normalityrelief

Lunar Rainbow taken from the Zambia side of Victoria Falls. The constellation Orion is visible behind the top of the moonbow

Lunar Rainbow taken from the Zambia side of Victoria Falls. The constellation Orion is visible behind the top of the moonbow. Photo #24 by Calvin Bradshaw

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  6. Many years ago In the upper Ogden Valley, Utah I saw a double black and white rainbow, quite large, across the sky. It was shades of dark, lighter and lighter shades of grey. It was in the afternoon, no moon out, and it was a cloudy day. I have not heard other people ever having heard of this and can find nothing on the Internet so far. Ever heard?
    Thanks,
    Rosie

  7. Quite a few years ago, we were returning home on Christmas Eve. I was “looking for Santas sleigh”. We were on the back side of the mountains from, San Bernidino and,there it was, a shades of, grey rainbow!!!! It was dark in the high desert. I wish didgital cameras had been invented so, I could have had proof!! Over the years I only met one other person that, had witnessed one!! It took me long enough to find this site to see if, I was crazy and, now, I know am not!!Don`t need proof, now!!
    Thank you, Shirley

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  11. The shots taken of Victoria Falls are truly amazing. Having been to see Victoria Falls, in the daylight. The difference is truly dazzling.

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