Moonbow above Moais

By: Stephane Guisard


Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Easter Island - Chile

Date: September 2009

Its a bizarre experience to stand besides a giant Moais in a moonlit night of the Easter Island, isolated in the Pacific Ocean. Note the colorful arc below the clouds, a rare atmospheric phenomena known as moonbow. Moonbow is a rainbow produced by the moon rather than the sun. It is relatively faint, due to the smaller amount of light from the Moon.
Easter Island's large statues, or locally called Moais, remained from 13th to 15th century. They are monolithic human figures carved from rock on this Polynesian island. Almost all moais have overly large heads three-fifths the size of their bodies. The moais are chiefly the 'living faces' of deified ancestors. Stephane Guisard -

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