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I am writing a book with the following scene in one chapter: It is trickling and my protagonists are outside looking into the night sky, looking to the stars. Reviewing the scene I am wondering: Is this possible? Can you see the stars when it is trickling, or even when it rains? Are there images showing this?

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  • $\begingroup$ "trickling" is probably the wrong word to use. Do you mean "drizzling" or "showers" or "fog" or what? $\endgroup$
    – James K
    Commented Oct 15, 2023 at 18:35

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Yes you can. You just need a partly clear sky (to see the stars) and part cloud (to produce the rain).

For an example of suitable conditions, look for pictures of a moonbow. (I've only seen one once, personally.)

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  • $\begingroup$ Wind in the upper atmosphere can help as well - the rain cloud doesn't have to be overhead to get you wet, and the smaller the droplets - the larger a given wind speed will deflect them. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Oct 13, 2023 at 0:13
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You can simulate this by going outside in clear weather, and spraying water with a hose. It is indeed possible to perceive stars despite precipitation.

However, where there is rain there are often clouds, which would be the bigger problem. But sometimes there is rain with patchy clouds.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hi gomennathan - please read existing answers to a post to see if your post will add any value. This is especially the case where there is an accepted answer. I would suggest reading our tour and How to Answer pages for guidance. $\endgroup$
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Oct 12, 2023 at 10:05

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