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      A Rainbow around the Blood Moon

      So last night was lunar eclipse-blood moon, at least for the western hemisphere. Did anyone stay up late or get up early to catch that beauty? Here in central time, I went outside at around 1:30am. The eclipse was only about half way. But I was dazzled by this rainbow effect surrounding the whole moon!

      It didn't even look real, it looked like a hallucination. The rainbow effect kept shifting and changing like the northern lights. But after a few seconds, it hurt my eyes and gave me a headache. I had to look away! I went inside and waited to about 2am, when it was supposed to be a full blood moon. I guess I was still a few minutes too early. The moon was only about 95% covered in the earths shadow and on one side it still had a sliver of that rainbow effect.

      But even though the rainbow effect was smaller and limited to one side - it still gave me a headache! I gave up. I went to sleep with a headache and I still had a headache when I woke up! I was paranoid that I injured myself, maybe I'm not supposed to look at a lunar eclipse? But every time I search online I keep reading "a lunar eclipse is safe to look at" and that only the solar eclipse is dangerous to your eyesight. Or is that false information? Seriously, did I hurt myself? I'm hoping it was just a headache because my brain can't focus on the optical illusion.

      I can't find anymore info on that rainbow effect. My searches keep bringing up "solar eclipse corona" instead. And I couldn't find an image on google, but that's probably just a limitation of technology.

      So, does anyone know more about this rainbow effect dancing around the blood moon?

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      The brain is a muscle
      Headache might just be a sign of using regions of the brain that haven't been in use for a long time, just like other muscles your brain might be sore of tension. That's all.

      Have you also read about why the moon turns red? It has to do with longer wavelengths reaching the eyes before they are scattered. When you look at the moon normally it has a dark blue aura. I think a red glow indicated a much wider spectrum of light reaching the eyes where red is dominant. Since blue is the shortest wave-length we can see, it seems to me that we can likely assume the entire blue-to red spectrum (the Rainbow) is visible to the naked eye. This is stresfull, I think we normally only see these wavelenghts in artificial light not from natural sunlight.

      I imagine that that is why inside light is so stressfull for sufferers of Migraine. Light is the one thing to avoid when you have major headache. Especially computer lights and bright lights from cellphones are physically discomforting.

      Seeing the Rainbow is not actually an optical illusion in my book, by the way. It is just what is actually there. Normally, people just aren't attuned to see it so much. Check out the moon now and see if you can find a blue aura. I know I can. I think if you are really still sensitive you might be able to spot orange/red lights. I have seen street lights are dominantly red in an altered state of mind and moonlight contained 3 colours for me, I do not remember what they where. I think it was BGR or yellow/orange rather than green or red. Like i said. I do not adequately remember
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      Headaches are an extremely common side-effect of an innumerable amount of physiological conditions, ranging from dehydration, to low blood sugar, being sick, drugs, lack of certain nutrients, etc. The cause of your headache could have been something that simply coincided with the moment you were looking at the moon, or be something triggered by it that is totally benign. It literally could be anything, the only way to determine if by some stretch of the imagination that your moon gazing is to blame and has caused some kind of permanent damage is just to wait and see. Only time will tell.
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      Welp, Ive given up figuring out the headache. The rainbow "corona" around the moon still fascinates me though. And for those of you who missed it, its going to happen again in October. I wish I stayed another 20 minutes, if I did, that copper moon would have been more - blood red!

      Quote Originally Posted by Dthoughts View Post
      ...moonlight contained 3 colours for me, I do not remember what they where. I think it was BGR or yellow/orange rather than green or red. Like i said. I do not adequately remember
      Usually the full moon for me is a giant white light bulb in the sky with a blue glow. But what you said made me remember that the rainbow effect I saw was limited in colors; blue, green and yellow. I just needed an eclipse to notice it!

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      It fascinates me as well!

      It tells us something about our eyes, the brain and how we perceive the world around us. Fascinating stuff.

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      It was cloudy here during the eclipse, which sucks because I really wanted to use my telescope for some nice views.
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