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Just happened to go outside tonight, and came across this beautiful sight. This phenomenon is called a 22° halo, or moon ring. A 22° halo is an optical phenomenon that belongs to the family of ice-crystal halos. Its form is a ring with an apparent radius of approximately 22° around the Sun or Moon. When visible around the Moon, it is called a moon ring or winter halo. It forms as direct sunlight or moonlight is refracted in millions of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. Sorry the image is not the best quality, it was taken with a mobile phone.

 

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