Monday, October 13, 2008

Moon Ring


I'm still working on the cyclone painting, but I wanted to post these images of the moon ring or halo effect that is going on right now.
This is a rare occurrence during a full moon, and I really wish that I was a better photographer!  

According to the NASA website, this halo effect is caused by the reflection of moonlight (which is of course reflected sunlight) from ice crystals in the upper atmosphere.  Since the ice crystals typically have the same shape, namely a hexagonal shape, the moon ring is always the same size.  

I have only seen this effect a few times in my life.  If you are in the northern NJ section of the country, go outside and take a look at this.

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