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A Halo Around the Moon

By: Anthony Ayiomamitis

 

Region: Europe

Site: Athens - Greece

 

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Have you ever seen a halo around the Moon? This fairly common sight occurs when high thin clouds containing millions of tiny ice crystals cover much of the sky. Each ice crystal acts like a miniature lens. Because most of the crystals have a similar elongated hexagonal shape, light entering one crystal face and exiting through the opposing face refracts 22 degrees, which corresponds to the radius of the Moon Halo. A similar Sun Halo may be visible during the day.Featured as an Astronomy Picture of the Day, the above picture is made from suburbs of Athens, Greece. The distant planet Jupiter appears by chance on the halo's left. Exactly how ice-crystals form in clouds remains under investigation. Anthony Ayiomamitis/Perseus.gr

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