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Is this rare Dartmoor moonbow phenomenon of supermoon?

By HEPaulGreaves  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

Moonbow captured on Dartmoor by John Baker

Moonbow captured on Dartmoor by John Baker

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AN amazing sight of a moonbow  has been captured by a Teignmouth photographer on Dartmoor.

Professional photographer John Baker was on the moor to take pictures of a perseid meteor shower.when he happened to photograph the stunning phenomenon.

John, 54, said: "It's a very rare phenomenon which is caused when there is a very bright moon which reflects light back and creates a night time rainbow.

"I went out to take pictures of the perseid meteor shower, which is the biggest of the year, combined with the super moon.

"While I was taking pictures of the meteor, I saw this hazy half moon dome in one of the pictures then when I looked back at the series I saw it was a rainbow.

"I went home and looked up what it could be and discovered it was a moonbow - it was totally opportunistic.

"The pictures were taken at around 2:10am over five minutes before it faded out."

His series of pictures were taken with a fisheye lens over a period of around five minutes.

It came after South Devon has enjoyed incredible views of the 'supermoon' as the moon came closer to Earth than it has been in over 20 years.

Experts predicted the moon appeared 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than a normal full moon.

People who live on the coast experience higher tides than normal. It was the second in a trio of supermoons this summer. The first was on July 12 and the next will be on September 9.

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