A Rainbow in the Dark

A while back, I was lost. So lost, that I stopped feeling. Now, for me, that is almost impossible. I consider myself an empath, a sensitive, and intuitive if you will. But one day, I melted into a green chair and then froze. I didn’t do much of anything. No one seemed to notice much. Until one day a rainbow showed up in my darkness.

The rainbow tickled my funny bone, showed me acceptance, asked me questions and well, completely changed my life. Nothing big, just small little raindrops of kindness a little at a time. Persistence. I wasn’t alone in the darkness, I had a rainbow to remind me of my light and demonstrated to me how to put color back in my life.

Living a blue life was okay–until rainbow showed me green, and red, and bright yellow. This spectrum, this fractured light, welcomed me to feel the grassy ground beneath my bare hippy feet, accept love, and showed me it was okay to glow like the sun. It was okay to unlock the dark box and step out. Not only okay, but preferred. The more I did the more me I became. Until once upon a Wednesday, I was happy. Breathing. Loving. Filled up and able to pour out on others again. That rainbow in the dark saved me, brought me back from an abyss I had gotten lost inside.

Some of you will think, yeah, sentimental mumble jumble. Rainbows don’t exist in darkness. But, you’d be wrong. They do. And if you reach out a hand, you can be a rainbow too.

What Are Moonbows?

Moonbows or lunar rainbows are rare natural atmospheric phenomena that occur when the Moon’s light is reflected and refracted off water droplets in the air.

Illustration image

Faint moonbow seen over Yosemite Falls

©iStockphoto.com/Yenwen Lu

Moonbows are similar to rainbows, but they are created by moonlight instead of direct sunlight.

Rarer Than Rainbows

Moonbows are rarer than rainbows because a variety of weather and astronomical conditions have to be just right for them to be created.

  1. The Moon has to be very low in the sky – no more than 42 degrees from the horizon.
  2. The Moon phase has to be a Full Moon or nearly full.
  3. The sky must be very dark for a moonbow to be observed – any bright light can obscure it.
  4. Water droplets must be present in the air in the opposite direction of the moon.

Moonbows occur on the opposite side of the Moon and tend to look white to the human eye. This is because their colors are not bright enough to be perceived by the receptors in the human eye. It is possible, however, to view the colors in a moonbow using long exposure photography.


Moonbows are more frequent in some locations around the world. Most of these locations tend to have waterfalls, which create layers of mist in the air. Some of these locations are the Yosemite National Park in California and Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Kentucky, U.S.; Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe; and Waimea in Hawaii, U.S.

Topics: AstronomyMoonAtmospheric Phenomena




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s