Astro photography

Lunar Halo

Lunar Halo, November 14, 2016. I like to go for a short walk along our rural road most nights. It's always a pleasure to see the Milky Way, or hear an owl, or see fireflies, or the northern lights. On this particular night I was surprised to see a lovely halo around the Moon as it rose above the old schoolhouse near my home. The halo was caused by moonlight passing through tiny ice crystals high in the atmosphere. The crystals bend the light as a prism would, and show a faint spectrum of colours.

Coincidentally, this night was also the much celebrated Super Moon 2016 night, when the full Moon was close to the Earth in its orbit.

This photograph was published in the March 2017 edition of Sky & Telescope Magazine, and in the March/April 2017 edition of SkyNews Magazine.

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Steve Irvine
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Georgian Bluffs, Ontario
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