Lunar Halo in the night skies

2015-02-01 Lunar Halo_A rarely seen phenomena was seen in the skies tonight as the moon looked to have a huge ring around it.

Quite beautiful, it’s called a lunar halo and here’s the explanation:

“A lunar halo is caused by the refraction, reflection, and dispersion of light through ice particles suspended within thin, wispy, high altitude cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. As light passes through these hexagon-shaped ice crystals, it is bent at a 22 degree angle, creating a halo 22 degrees in radius (or 44 degrees in diameter).” – from Farmers Alamac

Our photo doesn’t do it justice, so have a look at lots of great photos of Lunar Halos

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