6F40.80 - Scattering - Fogged Glass - Halos

Astronomy Picture of the Day, Dec. 3, 2012., A Quadruple Lunar Halo Over Spain, Image Credit & Copyright: Dani Caxete
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Scattering - Fogged Glass - Halos
Scattered Interference
Area of Study:
Optics, Astronomy
Laser, Screen with hole, dust, mounted regular mirror (not a front surface mirror).

Breath on the glass plate or microscope slide to "fog" it up.  Look throught the fog at the Maglite point source or some other distant light and observe the rainbow type rings around the point of light.  Observe that these rings may only be visible for a short time as the fog evaporates.  

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