Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A February Moon's Halo
Posted on 02/11/2012 5:47:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Lighting the night last Tuesday, February's Full Moon is sometimes called the Snow Moon. But the Moon was not quite full in this mosaicked skyscape recorded on February 2 south of Budapest, Hungary, and there was no snow either. Still, thin clouds of ice crystals hung in the cold, wintry sky creating this gorgeous lunar halo. Refraction of moonlight by the six-sided crystals produce the slightly colored halo with its characteristic radius of 22 degrees. Just below the Moon is bright star Aldebaran. Also well within the halo at the right is the Pleiades star cluster. At the lower left, near the halo's edge lie the stars of Orion with bright Capella, alpha star of the constellation Auriga, just beyond the halo near the top of the frame.
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I’ve often wondered what causes the halo. Now I know.
That’s a real good one!
I have always heart that a halo around the moon during Winter meant a big snow storm. I had thought that perhaps this was just lore but several years back... I saw a halo like the picture. It is actually “spooky” looking in a way. The next day it snowed a foot. Not sure if this is scientific or just coincidence... but it did seem to forecast a big storm.
|Positional||Associated month||English names||Agonquin names||Other names used|
|Early Winter||January||Old Moon||Wolf Moon||Moon After Yule, Ice Moon|
|Mid Winter||February||Wolf Moon||Snow Moon||Hunger moon, Storm moon, Candles moon||>|
|Late Winter||March||Lenten Moon||Worm Moon||Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sugar Moon, Sap Moon, Chaste Moon, Death Moon|
|Early Spring||April||Egg Moon||Pink Moon||Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Seed Moon, Waking Moon|
|Mid Spring||May||Milk Moon||Flower Moon||Corn Planting Moon, Corn Moon,Hare Moon|
|Late Spring||June||Flower Moon||Strawberry Moon||Honey Moon, Rose Moon, Hot Moon, Planting Moon|
|Early Summer||July||Hay Moon||Buck Moon||Thunder Moon, Mead Moon|
|Mid Summer||August||Grain Moon||Sturgeon Moon||Red Moon, Green Corn Moon, Lightning Moon, Dog Moon|
|Late Summer||September||Fruit Moon||Harvest Moon||Corn Moon, Barley Moon|
|Early Fall||October||Harvest Moon||Hunter's Moon||Travel Moon, Dying Grass Moon, Blood Moon|
|Mid Fall||November||Hunter's moon||Beaver moon||Frost Moon, Snow Moon|
|Late Fall||December||Oak Moon||Cold Moon||Frost Moon, Winter Moon, Long Night's Moon, Moon Before Yule|
And yes, I stole this from wikipedia
And yes, I am practicing my html...
Moon looks like that when we’re expecting snow, which we got a smattering of this morning.
Back east years ago people used to say that a ring aroudn the moon meant bad wether was coming.
Thanks, BHF! I’m sort of glad that one passed down “lore” has proved correct! I initially hesitated to even mention it because I wasn’t sure if it was a myth or based on some sort of true weather phenomena.
Ring around the moon, comin’ up. :’)
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