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"The Orange Moon"
Have you ever wondered why the moon is more orange or yellow in color when it first rises at night. This effect is caused by the atmosphere of the earth. The reason for the orange color is due to the scattering of light by the atmosphere. When the moon is near the horizon, the moonlight must pass through much more atmosphere than when the moon is directly overhead. By the time the moonlight reaches your eyes, the blue, green, and purple pieces of visible light have been scattered away by air molecules. That's why you only see yellow, orange, or red.
The moon can have an orange color at any time of the year. Sometimes the moon appears orange even when it's directly overhead. This occurs when there's a lot of dust, smoke, or pollution in the atmosphere. The size of those particles will determine the type of color you will see.
Look first at the white moon directly overhead. See the red part of the arrow pointing to the white moon? This red part of the arrow shows the part of the atmosphere we are looking through to see the moon. Now look at the orange moon just rising in the east. Look at the blue portion of the arrow pointing to the orange moon. See how much longer the blue line is than the red line. This shows that we are looking through about three times as much atmosphere at a rising or setting moon.
Originally posted by Gouki
A picture would have been nice.
Think about that next time.
Originally posted by kcired_tsew
I know that an abundance of wildfires in the area will also make the moon glow red, or orange. Had many fires in the area?
Originally posted by Whisper67
The March full moon is also known as the Crow moon and Sap moon. It was offically full on March 11th.
A lot of the colors you will see when observing the moon is simply refraction from our own atmosphere.
Now, seeing a light being beamed at the moon....I got no explaination for that one
Here's a cool site for stargazing and moon phases ect:
Edit: ATS I need a spell ck function for my coffee fueled fingers mis-typos
[edit on 3/12/2009 by Whisper67]
Originally posted by bluemooone2
I just looked thu a gadzillion of `full moon orange ` pictures with Google search images and could not find an example of the aura beam from the top. Looks like you got to see a very rare phenomenon with just the perfect atmospheric conditions.