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Essential Moonbow Viewing Guide

Spectacular rainbows are an Instagram feed a dozen, but what about moonbows? These rainbows of the night, also known as “lunar rainbows” or “space rainbows,” are a rare weather phenomenon you can only catch in a few of our world’s locales.

The moonbows are created by moonlight refracting through moisture in the air, which is why they’re easiest to see on full moon nights over waterfalls that fill the air around them with water droplets. This particular occurrence, because there can never be enough names for something so spectacular, is a “lunar spraybow.” 

The buoyant naturalist John Muir wrote of the one at Yosemite Falls:

"Lunar rainbows or spray-bows abound in the glorious affluence of dashing, rejoicing, hurrahing, enthusiastic spring floods, their colors are distinct as those of the sun and regularly and obviously banded, though less vivid. Fine specimens may be found any night at the foot of the Upper Yosemite Fall, glowing gloriously amid the gloomy shadows and thundering waters, whenever there is plenty of moonlight and spray."

Many times the moonbows appear white as it’s hard for our human eyes to discern their colors at night, but through a timelapse photograph the whole spectrum comes through. When scouting the world’s waterfalls and rainy terrains, it’s important not to get tricked by the “false moonbows.” These are rainbow rings around the moon, which, as cool as that is, are a different kind of light refraction through a cloud.

Keep reading for the best places to catch a moonbow, on Atlas Obscura!

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At least three dead in two shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas. 15-year-old boy reported to be critically wounded; police report one person was in custody; man reportedly yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ when police arrested him.

Click here for the full story and breaking developments

Reblogging again to add: 

Also, non-Jews, please spread this. People will forget about it otherwise. The police say they aren’t ready to call it a hate crime, despite the fact that witnesses have said that the man was asking people if they were Jewish and waiting for an affirmative response before shooting. The more people who are paying attention to this story the harder it will be for it to be swept under the rug. 

A lot of people are currently very excited about the recent Cap movie. If you believe that it was worthwhile for Steve Rogers to fight fictional nazis, please show that you care about the people harmed by those in the real world who still agree with Nazi ideology. If you can get super excited and make tons of posts about Cap, then you can do this too, right? (obviously there are people who are upset/triggered by this stuff, which is an entirely different situation. but if you can spread the word please do)

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I could have used this information over the last 29 years of my god damn life

My mom taught me to pack like this and she gets mad when I come to visit and sees that I don’t use it.

I need to remember this for uniforms.

Oh my god, I am learning this ASAP. HOW DID I NOT KNOW OF THIS BEFORE?!

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Can we all just talk about Promise Phan (dope2111 on Youtube) real quick?

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Well. That was one of the quickest character developments I’ve seen…

Are you seriously telling me that all that villainous squinting and peering about is because he’s meant to be wearing glasses

because that’s amazing

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My brother says that this scene is exactly what teaching feels like.

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Super cute cactus cupcakes by Alana Jones-Mann 

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