Moon dogs

Moon dogs

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Caption: Moon dogs. Moon and high-altitude clouds over a city, with circular spots at left and right. These moon dogs or paraselenae occur due to the refraction of moonlight by hexagonal-shaped ice crystals in cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. Photographed in December.

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Keywords: 2009, astronomical, astronomy, atmosphere, atmospheric phenomena, atmospheric phenomenon, cirrostratus clouds, cirrus clouds, cloud, clouds, december, ice crystals, meteorological, meteorology, moon, moon dog, moon dogs, moonlight, moonlit, night sky, night-time, optics, paraselenae, paraselene, refracted, refraction, sky, weather, winter

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