Halo

Upon getting back to camp, I was amazed at the size of the halo around the moon.  Even had to break out the 11-16 Tokina to get it all in!

halo

Gold star for anyone who knows what weather phenomenon a halo around the moon represents!  Honor system and no google’ing allowed! 😉

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~ by Derrick Birdsall on February 7, 2012.

16 Responses to “Halo”

  1. Crap! I can’t remember. I think it has something to do with moisture getting caught or something.

  2. I have no idea what caused it, but that halo makes an interesting photo.

  3. Snow?

  4. So cool! Nope, no idea on why w/o resorting to wikipedia. You will tell us, right, Mr. Smarty-pants? 😉

  5. Oh, man… it really seems like I knew this… at one point… maybe.
    I do know it made for an awesome shot, though.
    🙂

  6. O wow! Try to get that shot again ever in your life! Nice catch. That’s a wallpaper for sure!

  7. Round here it represents snow and/or rain. Usually snow for us.

    Beautiful capture. 🙂

  8. Thanks to everyone for chiming in: here’s a good description: “The ring around the Moon is caused by the refraction of Moonlight (which of course is reflected sunlight) from ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. The shape of the ice crystals results in a focusing of the light into a ring. Since the ice crystals typically have the same shape, namely a hexagonal shape, the Moon ring is almost always the same size.

    Less typical are the halos that may be produced by different angles in the crystals. They can create halos with an angle of 46 degrees.”

    For more info, go here:http://home.hiwaay.net/~krcool/Astro/moon/moonring/

  9. Awesome photo. I just read about this phenomenon not too long ago. It can also appear in sunlight.

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