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This morning's Moonbow!

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« on: July 19, 2008, 01:54:09 pm »

I was out this morning trying to image the ISS  at 01:30BST but was hampered by cloud some of the time.
When I turned round to bring in the camera and tripod I saw my very first Moonbow, and what a beauty
it was. Very highly coloured just like a "daytime" bow but illuminated by moonlight instead. I nearly died off
when I saw it.

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2008, 03:36:26 pm »

Nice shots John!. Those moonbows are so rare and amazing. Last night had the perfect conditions for their formation. Quite a show!

Love the wide shot over the shed with the precip curtains falling.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2008, 07:10:11 pm »

Good work. I have never seen the rainbows at night.
John, how bright it was?
And could anyone say, how often such rare events occure? What special circumstances are important for a moonbow arrive?
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2008, 07:30:59 pm »

Thanks Martin it was a beauty! You are on the Spaceweather.com homepage!

Thanks Roman and welcome to the forum, you are our first member from mainland Europe!
The moonbow this morning was easily as bright as a normal rainbow, and very colourful. I
think they normally occur in or close to full Moon, but conditions need to be just right, ie. the
Moon low in the sky and a passing shower in the opposite direction. There's maybe more to
it than that, and I'm sure Martin will be on to tell us more. I have been watching for them for a
few years but this was my first one, and what a one to start with.
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2008, 10:05:17 pm »

Congrats John on your spaceweather appearance to. Both of us on at the same time lol.

Last night presented the finest moonbows I have ever seen. To cut a long story short I will put up the link to an image report I done on the website which also includes more images of the bows and some twilight convection.

http://www.nightskyhunter.com/Night%20Of%20The%20Moonbows.html

Here's a few higher res images.







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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2008, 01:26:34 am »

They are so cool guy's great shots indeed.I have yet to see a moonbow, the plough and a rainbow in the same image how cool is that  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2008, 09:09:06 am »

Those are brilliant shots guys - love the one with the Plough and the 'Bow - great stuff!

I have only photographed a Moonbow which I surmised would be there as we had a bright Moon and rain, so I took a photo in the opposite direction and voila! However it wasn't visible to my unadapted eye at the time.

And indeed Congrats both on the SW.com front page!
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2008, 09:53:45 am »

Wow, great shots, Martin! Especially #3 & 4 with double moonbows.

It seems that moonbows appear in Ireland on every night  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2008, 11:02:26 am »

Fantastic shots John & Martin!  Grin
                                     
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2008, 12:23:13 pm »

Thanks everyone for the comments.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2008, 02:42:23 pm »

Martin, you're on the BBC NI website! Congrats, good job Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2008, 04:50:23 pm »

Paul, thanks very much for letting me know. I missed that today but will check it out now. Thanks  Smiley
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