Lunar halo

Lunar halo

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Credit: DR JUERG ALEAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lunar halo. Halo formed in cirrostratus clouds around a full moon. This atmospheric optical phenomenon is caused by prismatic refraction of moonlight through randomly-oriented hexagonal ice crystals in the atmosphere. Photographed over the town of Pontresina, Grisons, Switzerland.

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