Lunar Halo Above Evia, Greece

February 01, 2021

Moon Halo 2020-11-28

Photographer: Dimitris Malliaris 
Summary Authors: Dimitris Malliaris; Jim Foster

Quite often I’m able to photograph interesting atmospheric phenomena from the backyard of my house in the central Evia region of Greece. In late November 2020, the lunar halo shown above appeared a few hours after nightfall. As with their daytime counterparts (solar halos), pencil-shaped, hexagonal ice crystals that compose cirrus clouds, and are more or less randomly oriented as they fall, are responsible for the ring that encircles the Moon

Note that to the left of the Moon (between the Moon and the halo) the open star cluster called the Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters, can be seen. Photo taken on November 28, 2020, at 20:59.

Photo Details: Canon EOS 6D camera; Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens; 24mm focal length; ƒ/5 aperture;; 10 sec. exposure time; ISO:800; Adobe Photoshop CC (Windows).