# Why do I see rainbows around the moon?

Regularly, I see rainbows around the moon. Here is approximately what I see:

Right at the edge of the moon, I see a bright blue ring of light. Further out, I see an inner rainbow. This is not as bright as the ring, but is still clearly visible. Even further out, I see an outer rainbow that is very faint.

I see the blue ring during every full moon. I see the rainbows more frequently in late fall and winter than in spring or summer. But every year, I see these moon rainbows during a full moon.

Since I see these moon rainbows more frequently in late fall and in winter, are these moon rainbows caused by moonlight reflecting off of ice crystals in cirrus clouds high up enough that I can't see the clouds? Also, why do I see a bright blue ring right at the edge of the moon during every full moon?

• Does it look like this? (Google Moon dog) google.com/… – userLTK Aug 23 at 4:34
• No, I just see the rainbows around the moon. I don't see moon dogs with it. – Caters Aug 23 at 4:36
• Do you wear thick eyeglasses? – Koray Aug 23 at 8:51
• Does it look like apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150615.html ? – samcarter Aug 23 at 11:55
• +1 just fyi, questions like this (atmospheric effects in the sky) can also be asked in Earth Science SE – uhoh Aug 23 at 15:20