Headlines > News > A Blue Moon Halo over Antarctica

A Blue Moon Halo over Antarctica

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:38 am via: NASA
More share options

Have you ever seen a halo around the Moon? Such 22 degree rings around the Moon — caused by ice crystals falling in the Earth’s atmosphere — are somewhat rare. OK, but have you ever seen a blue moon? Given the modern definition of blue moon — the second full moon occurring in a calendar month — these are also rare.

What is featured above might therefore be considered doubly rare — a halo surrounding a blue moon. The featured image was taken late last month near Zhongshan Station in Antarctica. Visible in the foreground are a power generating house and a snowmobile. What might seem to be stars in the background are actually illuminated snowflakes near the camera.

Image Credit & Copyright: LI Hang

Image Credit & Copyright: LI Hang

No comments
Start the ball rolling by posting a comment on this article!
Leave a reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.
© 2019 The International Space Fellowship, developed by Gabitasoft Interactive. All Rights Reserved.  Privacy Policy | Terms of Use