Moon Halo

Moon Halo

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Credit: JERRY LODRIGUSS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: This is a 'ring around the moon' or lunar halo. Overexposed in the centre of the frame, is the Moon. Lunar halos are caused by moonlight being refracted by cirro-stratus clouds. These thin clouds are located very high in the atmosphere, and are composed of ice crystals. They bend light at a 22 degree angle, which creates a halo that is 44 degrees in diameter.

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Keywords: astronomical photography, astronomy, atmospheric effect, cirro-stratus, cirro-stratus cloud, climate, cloud, effects, halo, lunar halo, meteorology, moon, moon halo, the moon, weather

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