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Photo courtesy of Kevin Meacham

Here’s an amazing photo of the moon taken by my colleague Kevin Meacham. The photograph, which shows a red/orange moon over New York City, was taken in New Jersey.

So, why is the moon that reddish color?

Well, when the moon is over the horizon like it is in this picture, it’s actually farther away from Earth than when it’s overhead. Because it’s farther, it takes light that much longer to travel through our atmosphere.

“By the time the moonlight reaches your eyes, the green, blue and purple pieces of visible light have been scattered away by air molecules. You only see yellow, orange, or red,” according to Windows of the Universe.