Ghostly Moon 'Fog Bow' Glows Over Finland Lake (Photo)

Lunar Fog Bow Over Lake in Finland
Thomas Kast sent this photo of a lunar fog bow taken over a lake in Yli-Ii, Finland on Aug. 25. (Image credit: © Thomas Kast, All Rights Reserved | Salamapaja )

The ethereal light of a lunar fog bow made of moonlight and fog glows over a Finland lake in this beautiful night sky photo. 

Finnish photographer Thomas Kast took this stunning shot on a cold, foggy night around 1 a.m. local time on Aug. 25, from Yli-Ii, Finland.

Similar to a rainbow, tiny water droplets that cause fog reflect light. Lunar fog bows typically appear white because sunlight reflected from the moon is weak. Some photographers have also captured so-called "moonbows," which are similar to rainbows in that they do include colors.

The lunar fog bows lack of colors is caused by the smaller water drops … so small that the wavelength of light becomes important. Diffraction smears out colors that would be created by larger water drops in rainbows, according to NASA.

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