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          1. Yes, quite.

            *Puts on wizard hat and robe*

            Edit: or robe and wizard hat if you’re not up for a new sequence

          2. The thing that makes me think it might be real is that it’s a sunset photo and the moon is the right phase and right position relative to the sun and the rainbow. Most people I know don’t know enough about celestial mechanics to fake this convincingly.

          3. For starters, it’s not in the kind of resolution you expect from even phone cameras these days. Keep your hat on.

        1. Yeah. From the thumbnail I actually thought it was digital art, it looked like a massive planet was on the horizon above another smaller planet or moon.

          Edit: As pointed out elsewhere, it seems a couple of clouds are behind the moon. Is this photoshopped or is that some effect caused by the camera? Or maybe a natural effect from the light?

      1. The moon is too large.

        A rainbow [subtends an angle of 84-80 degrees](http://www.efg2.com/Lab/Library/Color/rainbow.gif). The Moon has an angular diameter of 0.5 degree. Therefore, the Moon should be 1/160^th the width of the rainbow.

        I measured the width of the rainbow at 914 pixels wide (the inner purple part of the bow), 1/160^th of this width (914 / 160) is 5.7 pixels.

        However, the Moon’s width in the photo is 32 pixels wide. Therefore. the Moon is about 5.5 times wider than it should be. The photo is likely the photomontage made in Photoshop.

        Edit: Just in case people think my calculations are wrong, here is [a photo of the moon taken with a similar wide angle lens](https://static1.squarespace.com/static/55107769e4b05578a425a31c/t/5609b731e4b0989fab6f8233/1443477320413/blood+moon+at+14mm.jpg). The “dot” in the middle of the photo is the Moon. This is what the Moon should look like in the OP’s photo.

        Edit 2: And no, it’s not the Sun. It’s a rainbow, the red is on the outside of the bow. The Sun and Moon are the same diameter anyhow, so saying it’s the Sun doesn’t make the photo legitimate.

          1. From the article:

            >A popular belief, stretching back at least to Aristotle in the 4th century B.C., holds that the Moon appears larger near the horizon due to a real magnification effect caused by the Earth’s atmosphere. This is not true

            Great.

        1. And the clouds in the photo go behind the moon, the last I knew Earth doesn’t have any other planets in its own atmosphere

      1. I know that you’re gonna have it your way…or nothing at all. But /u/originalmario you’re moving too fast.

    1. One time, this guy handed me a picture of him, he said “Here’s a picture of me when I was younger.” Every picture is of you when you were younger. “Here’s a picture of me when I’m older.” “You son-of-a-bitch! How’d you pull that off? Lemme see that camera… What’s it look like? ” -M. Hedberg

  1. Sorry but when I zoom in, seems like the moon is in front of the cloud, a part from the bad photoshop it’s a nice pic thou

      1. I came here to see how far down in the comments the lie was called out. Some things are too good to be true.

    1. Have you never seen the moon shine through a thin layer of clouds? You can even see some clouds at the bottom of the moon in this picture. You most likely can’t see the thin layer in front of the moon for the same reason you cannot see the darker mare on the moon; because the moon is overexposed by the camera.

    2. What you are seeing is the moon overexposed, bright enough that it still overexposes though the cloud. If the exposure was turned down so the moon was correctly exposed then you would see the clouds blocking it.

  2. Interesting side-note; a rainbow will always occur [in a complete circle opposite from the sun](https://eo.ucar.edu/rainbows/) (for this reason it is possible to take images of full circle rainbows from airplanes). Combine that with the fact that full moons are always (approximately) opposite from the sun as well, and it shouldn’t be too uncommon to take images like this.

    If a rainbow appears at the same time as a full moon, the full moon will always be in the (approximate) center of the rainbow – even if it hasn’t risen yet.

    Edit: still an awesome pic, though

    1. All primary rainbows are always the same size as well in relation to your field of view. Even one you create yourself with a garden hose.

        1. Ahh goddamnit, so OP’s “friend” most likely just faked the pic with a big garden hose. Double bamboozled!

    2. And a double rainbow appears slightly outside of the primary rainbow, and a triple rainbow happens on the complete opposite side, around the light source, which is why they’re so hard to see!

    3. mostly full moon + rain at sunset/sunrise and you can approximately recreate this picture. I do wonder if the precise alignment is a little more difficult or if you need to be close to a lunar eclipse?

      Challenge to redditors: try to replicate this yourself for a “twice in a lifetime” picture.

          1. Has anyone ever told you the story of Darth Sand the Coarse?

            It’s not a tale most Jedi would tell you.

        1. I didn’t know Tatooine had any moons at all unless it’s mentioned in in a book I haven’t read yet.

          Edit from Wookiepedia:
          ” It had three moons, Ghomrassen, Guermessa and Chenini.”

          I stand corrected, but at least one of you is thinking about the suns.

  3. I like that you told us it was your friend’s photo instead of claiming you rock climbed 400 feet using only your non-dominant hand to get this picture.

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          2. This is the best part of the trip

            This is the trip, the best part

            I really like

            What’d he say?

            Yeah!

            Yeah, right!

            Pretty good, huh

            Huh!

            Yeah, I’m proud to be a part of this number.

          3. Successful hills are here to stay

            Everything must be this way

            Gentle street where people play

            Welcome to the soft parade

            All our lives we sweat and save

            Building for a shallow grave

            “Must be something else” we say

            Somehow to defend this place

            Everything must be this way

            Everything must be this way

            Yeah!

        1. Oh? And where exactly on the map is this so called “Canada”, and why have I never heard of it before?

          1. BRO, sick I can’t wait to dual energy blades and I bet in Halo 2 your totally gonna see master chiefs face! Course you gotta beat it on legendary in under 3 hours and 41 seconds duh.

      1. Lol this reminded me of something amusing although I know this is a meme or reference or something. As teenagers in 8th – 9th grade we hung around this kid named Thomas. He came from an extremely religious, conservative family. Like if a movie was rated PG: Parental Guidance then that meant he was NOT allowed to watch it unless his parents were there to…give him guidance? He was only allowed 30 minutes on the internet per week and 30 minutes of TV every evening. He always got made fun of for being a virgin, never having made out with a girl, etc…Of course we were all virgins but when you’re a teen no one can know that so you just project it onto the goofiest kid.

        Anyway Thomas would always be like “You guys are idiots! I do too have a girlfriend in Pennsylvania! I met her at church camp!” We lived about 200 miles away from PA in another state so everyone was always like haha yeah right. Fast forward about 10 years, he moves to Pennsylvania, marries this girl, and she pops out 3 kids. He actually did have a girlfriend from church camp the whole time.

    1. Me too, makes a refreshing change.

      But What if OP did take the picture and said it was his ‘Friends’ for extra karma?

      Now that would be smart.

      1. What if OP is an AI bot that selects nice photos from the Google and matches them with a phrase optimized for maximum upvotes.

    2. “I broke the pole vault world record, landed a quadruple axel while ice skating in perfect form, won tour de France without artificial help, scored 50 points on Kevin Garnett in 20 minutes, threw three no hitters in a row in the major leauge and walked 30 minutes with stones in my shoes to take this picture.”

      Edit: spelling mistakes

          1. Tour of France?

            You know, since calling something THE Tour The France sounds pretty shitty.

    1. Probably not JPEG artifacts. Most likely the photo was cropped to hell because it wasn’t taken with a telephoto lens.

    1. Ha it was actually a Sony Mavica. I took this about 16 years ago and recently found the file on some floppy discs. Amazing how different the quality was a little more than a decade ago!

  4. I hope he captured it in Super duper high resolution and in raw format so he can play with it for all posterity.

  5. The floating castle on the right end of the rainbow is particularly impressive. Usually those are much better hidden.

  6. What better way to showcase a once in a lifetime photograph than in highly compressed 640p JPEG glory.

  7. how to improve this photoshoped image

    0. pixels – too little, resize to a bigger image and add small Gaussian noise

    1. the moon needs to be yellow-orange at the horizon. just like the sun is at sunset (you know, blue scatters more than red etc).

    2. less saturation on the rainbow

    3. you forgot to account for Alexander’s dark band (google it)

    4. add some green to the photo.

    1. 2: A correctly exposed moon will look yellow. Is this anywhere near a correctly exposed moon? An overexposed moon will just be white, exactly as we have here.

  8. This will probably be buried on a 7 hour post, but I really loathe these kinds of fake photos that are passed off as authentic. This post is basically Bigfoot, with a rainbow, and the following post is proof of that.

    **TL;DR,** the moon is 6 times larger in this photo than it would be in reality. Here’s a quick diagram I sketched up with some rough math to show this: http://i.imgur.com/sVG2pkD.jpg

    The longer story is that, due to [the way rainbows work](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXDbc7QfTXU), the arc of the rainbow appears to any observer to be about 40-42 degrees (inside edge-outside edge) off the centerline from the sun behind you to the back of your head. Let’s call this a 41 degree radius from the center of the rainbow. That means the full circle horizon-to-horizon shown here (with the sides becoming almost vertical) will have an angular diameter of approximately 82 degrees.

    The moon (and sun too by the way) has an angular diameter of about 0.5 degrees. Very small compared to the size of a rainbow. This is about the size of your pinky nail held at arm’s length.

    I’m a photographer and shoot a lot of landscapes involving the sun and moon, and I know from experience that the sun and moon are *tiny* in a scene like this compared to how big a rainbow is, and I would have to shoot it on an ultra-wide, 18-20mm at least, to capture the entire rainbow on a full frame camera. You get to know from experience that these lenses are impossible to capture moon detail on because the moon is so small compared to the pixel size at that point, even on a super high resolution camera body.

    I measured the arc of the rainbow in Photoshop. I found it to be about 922 pixels across. So that means that in this photo, with its low pixel density, each pixel (ignoring the small variations due to an imperfect lens) is 82deg/922px, or 0.0889 degrees/pixel. Measuring the moon, I get 33 pixels or so wide. Thus, at 33 pixels * 0.0889 degrees/pixel, the moon in this photo is about 2.94 degrees across, or roughly 6 times larger than the moon should actually be.

    I added a little dot to the above linked diagram that shows how big the moon should ACTUALLY be, roughly 5.6 pixels across.

    1. I also considered that this might be a third-order rainbow and the body near horizon is actually the sun. Third-order rainbows have an apparent diameter of 80 degrees but are centered on the sun and I know the sun and moon have a similar angular diameter, so this doesn’t check out either.

  9. I’m not saying your friend is a bundle of sticks but everything I read on the interwebs indicates that *THIS* shot is impossible. In order to see a rainbow, the sun must be behind you. I haven’t found anything yet that contradicts that.

    Plus, the light cast on the beach does not match up with the dark shadows on the water. I call bullshit.

    r/quityourbullshit

    Anyone else?

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