At 6 a.m. this morning, when it was still quite dark, Emily and I saw a rainbow around the Moon! There was a kind of “ice fog” in the air, but obviously it was enough, combined with the light of the full moon, to create a full rainbow, all around it. The colors were quite vivid and spectacular, something I had never seen or even heard of. (Note: Rick Stankiewicz writes…”a lunar halo is more common than most people would think. They can be quite striking and will usually be about 22 degrees from the Moon disk. It is similar to a solar halo and is connected to moisture laden clouds and the right angle of light. They are pretty neat. I have seen lots of them over the years, but they are not predictable.”

Location: Highway 115, Millbrook
Observer: Eric Monkman

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.