Moon And Fog Make A Magical Pair

A starburst pattern of moonbeams surrounds last night’s full moon. Moonlight passing between the leaves and branches is split into many rays; each made visible by the fog it illuminates. Bob King

Come late June, nights get humid. As the air cools, especially in low spots, water condenses to form ground fog. The cotton candy-like draperies over the fields at dusk are simply magical. Sometimes the fog hovers mere feet above the ground. On a few lucky nights, I’ve driven home through clear tunnels with the fog tearing away just above the roof of the car. Simply amazing.

Different trees, different beams. The orange color comes from the low, orange-colored moon. The fog also created a striking disk (corona) of light around the moon fringed in red. Bob King

Last night while I was out following fireflies, a fog slowly enveloped a nearby field shortly after moonrise. Beams of moonlight are normally invisible in clear air, but the fog gave them substance. Walking past a tree, I came to a sudden halt. Branches and leaves splintered the lunar light into a spectacular rayed corona that shifted kaleidoscopically every step I took.

I live where fog is common. Scalloped waves of fog appeared over Lake Superior in Duluth, Minn. earlier today. Bob King

Whenever a bright moon is out and fog about, position yourself so the moon is partially hidden by a tree, and you’ll see the same. It’s just one of the many wonderful ways astronomical objects add their magic touch to the things of Earth.

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