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Moonbows in Yosemite

Waterfall droplets and the full moon create gorgeous lunar rainbow displays


Yosemite is well-known for its beautiful waterfalls, and many people come to the park in summer to see and take pictures of the shining and colourful rainbows. Though not all may realise that they can see a rainbow even at night in Yosemite! Moonbows, or lunar rainbows, are rare natural phenomena​​ that can be seen at the park waterfalls in spring and early summer. They are similar to rainbows, but created by moonlight instead of direct sunlight, and at they are best during the full moon.

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