Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Waterfall, Moonbow, and Aurora from Iceland
Posted on 11/14/2011 7:49:43 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: The longer you look at this image, the more you see. Perhaps your eye is first drawn to the picturesque waterfall called Skogarfoss visible on the image right. Just as prevalent, however, in this Icelandic visual extravaganza, is the colorful arc of light on the left. This chromatic bow is not a rainbow, since the water drops did not originate in rainfall nor are they reflecting light from the Sun. Rather, the drops have drifted off from the waterfall and are now illuminated by the nearly full Moon. High above are the faint green streaks of aurora. The scene, captured one night last month, also shows a beautiful starscape far in the background, including the Big Dipper, part of the constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major).
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[Credit & Copyright: Stephane Vetter (Nuits sacrees) ]
What a glorious picture. Thank you for my new desktop :)
Now that’s good bass.
Did you hear what happened to Maybelline?
The Big Dipper looks glorious in the early morning sky just before dawn.
People regularly turn out at Cumberland Falls in Kentucky to see the “moonbow”. I went once, but it wasn’t in evidence at that time.
ping for beauty
Now THAT’S Just Gorgeous!
Let’s see.... geology/hydrology (waterfall), meterology (moonbow), and astronomy (aurora, moon, Big Dipper/Great Bear) all in one. What more could one ask for.
Awesome pic. That one is next in line to be my new desktop background.
The long exposure makes the waterfall look ethereal and other worldly. What a beautiful confluence of the three events, and the stars peppered over the sky and the aurora just make it perfect.
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