• Halo's like this usually occur in winter. They appear as a circular rainbow. This is from tiny ice crystals high in the atmosphere at different distances reflecting the light. each distace has an angle that reflects a certain color of the spectrum. - Mtnguyd
  • Coolest thing ever. - christinathewallflower

Full Moon Halo Over a First Quarter Moon

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Here's a scene fresh from tonight's blue hour. It's amazing to me how the strong halo around the moon seems to mask the fact that it is nowhere near a full moon.

Image Note: This is two exposures manually blended in PS, one for the foreground/snow to show up and one for the sky.

iceman9294, JDM Photography, and 159 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. kaycatt* 75 months ago | reply

    Very mystic and beautiful!

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  2. New Yorkled 75 months ago | reply

    This so reminds me of the time I spent down in Florida so long ago. The moon and its halo were so powerful that you could literally read by moonlight alone. Hard to experience such a celestial wonder here in NYC.

    Gorgeous Michael. Truly well done. :-)

  3. Kirpernicus 75 months ago | reply

    Wow, this is amazing.

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  4. rosy outlook photography 75 months ago | reply

    I don't know where you are, but this is indeed spectacular!! thanks for sharing...

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  5. Trish Overton 75 months ago | reply

    I gasped when I saw this!!! Awesome!

  6. Mtnguyd 75 months ago | reply

    Absolutely magical. I love the halo. With your permission, Id like to print a copy of this for my sons room. Out of the ball park on this one Mike. A contest winner for sure.

  7. Dan Wiklund 75 months ago | reply

    Well composed shot. It almost looks like a giant fireball :-)

  8. bleuet / Anne-Marie 75 months ago | reply

    These fantastic blue tones instantly caught my eyes ! Pure beauty indeed ! Hope you're fine my friend :-)

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  9. VJ Spectra 75 months ago | reply

    Brilliant image.

  10. joshunter 74 months ago | reply

    way cool. nice composition.

  11. ~ The Steads ~ 74 months ago | reply

    really nice image - great colours.

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  12. Captain Nandu Chitnis 73 months ago | reply

    Magnificent twilight photography.....

  13. jslab 72 months ago | reply

    Awesome shot!

  14. Biokees 71 months ago | reply

    Wonderfull photo, but I don't think this is a halo. According to www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/circmoon.htm this is a corona produced by the diffraction of light by the water droplets of clouds. A very nice corona though!

  15. Nada* 57 months ago | reply

    i believe the halo is called "moon dog" ... same happens with the sun when you get certain clouds between you and the moon/sun :) excellent capture!

  16. Spring Noel 57 months ago | reply

    Wow thats amazing!

  17. Eila Kaarina. Visit my nice galleries too! 7 months ago | reply

    Many thanks for this fantastic pic to my gallery!

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