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Dimensions4256 x 2832
Original file size822 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken1-Oct-12 23:27
Date modified2-Oct-12 00:00
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Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D700
Focal length24 mm
Focal length (35mm)24 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure30s at f/6.3
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Shutter priority
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
A moon ring, also known as a winter halo, is a phenomenon that usually appears in conjunction with a full moon.

A moon ring, also known as a winter halo, is a phenomenon that usually appears in conjunction with a full moon.

There appears to be a whitish ring, approximately 10 to 20 times the size of the moon, surrounding the moon and centered on it. It is caused by refraction of the light from the full moon in the ice particles floating in the upper atmosphere, as opposed to a rainbow, where light refracts in the water vapor that makes up the clouds. Since this happens most effectively at a certain angle, this ring appears at the bottom of the clouds, and since similar triangles must form between the moon, the refracting surface, and the observation point, the "highlighted" clouds are at approximately the same distance from the moon, creating the image of a ring.