Cool Moon Shot

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by AK Michelle, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

    Mar 17, 2009
    Palmer, Alaska
    I live in Alaska and as a general rule, when I walk outside I look up. Well tonight I had to run an errand and when I walked outside, I looked up as I always do and the moon had this huge halo around it. It appeared to be a completely clear night, no wind and it was right at 0*F

    My daughter took these pictures. It was so much more awesome in real life. We are used to getting some spectacular displays in the night sky but I have never seen anything like this.


    Last edited: Jan 25, 2010
  2. ChickensRCool

    ChickensRCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    Alaska night skies are quite amazing. Thanks for the pics. [​IMG]
  3. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Wow! beautiful! I love the night skies...
  4. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    S.E Ind [​IMG]
    A Ring Around The Moon
    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.

    Moon Ring Weather Folklore
    Folklore has it that a ring around the moon signifies bad weather is coming, and in many cases this may be true. So how can rings around the moon be a predictor of weather to come? The ice crystals that cover the halo signify high altitude, thin cirrus clouds that normally precede a warm front by one or two days. Typically, a warm front will be associated with a low pressure system which is commonly referred to as a storm.
    It is believed that the number of stars within a moon halo indicate the number days before bad weather will arrive. Give it a try the next time you observe a moon halo.
  5. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

    Mar 17, 2009
    Palmer, Alaska
    Quote:Thanks for the education Hoosier!

    I'm gonna have to go check the photos and see how many stars were in the ring.
  6. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
  7. Turkenlover

    Turkenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2010
    How beautiful. I hope to visit Alaska someday!
  8. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

    Mar 17, 2009
    Palmer, Alaska
    Quote:Most days I can't imagine being anywhere else.
  9. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Cool moon shot. I would like to vist Alaska one day [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2010
  10. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    I love when the moon looks like that!

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