Beautiful, enormous moon halo

Ring around the moon over Horsham, Australia on April 13, 2016. Photo by Lynton Brown.

Photo credit: Lynton Brown

Photo credit: Lynton Brown

Lynton Brown caught this 22-degree lunar halo this week and posted it to EarthSky Facebook. We see many, many photos of this type of halo – both around the sun and moon – which happen all over the world due to the presence of ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. Les Cowley of the website Atmospheric Optics wrote:

… 22-degree radius halos are visible all over the world and throughout the year. Look out for them (eye care!) whenever the sky is wisped or hazed with thin cirrus clouds. These clouds are cold and contain ice crystals in even the hottest climes.

The halo is large. Stretch out the fingers of your hand at arms length. The tips of the thumb and little finger then subtend roughly 20 degrees. Place your thumb over the the sun [or moon] and the halo will be near the little finger tip.

Thank you Lynton, for sharing this with us!

Read more: What makes a halo around the sun or moon?

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Eleanor Imster