Lunar Halo Observed from Saxony, Germany

April 10, 2020


Photographer: Heiko Ulbricht 
Summary Authors: Heiko Ulbricht; Jim Foster

A few weeks ago, my gaze was attracted toward the waxing gibbous Moon because of this impressive halo that surrounded it. 22-degree lunar halos, though not rare, are always a treat to see. The one featured above was observed over Opitz Hill in Saxony, Germany. Moonlight shining through the randomly oriented ice crystals that compose the cirrostratus clouds, fully covering the sky here, resulted in this beauty. Photo taken on March 5, 2020.

Photo Details: Canon EOS 6D camera; 2.8/12 mm Fisheye lens; ISO 200; 3-second exposure.