Photo: Full moon

Posted: Thursday, July 09, 2009

An orange-colored full moon rises off of the horizon Tuesday night as it reflects onto the Gastinueau Channel. According to Kristine Spekkens, of "Ask an Astonomer" at Cornell University, sometimes the moon looks orange because when it's close to the horizon the light reflecting off it has to pass through more of Earth's atmosphere. As it does this, the shorterwavelengths, like blue, are scattered and the colors with longer wavelengths, like orange, pass through.

David J. Sheakley / Juneau Empire
David J. Sheakley / Juneau Empire

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