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I’m going for a walk with the dogs. Mika’s back in bed sleeping soundly. There’s a full bright moon so I can see some things almost as clearly as if it were daytime. After a while of walking, I look up into the sky and see a strange circular halo, which I then realise is centred around the moon. WOW!
I got back to the house and walked into the bedroom and… “Mika, there’s a big halo around the moon, do you want to come and see it.” Perhaps not the nicest thing for me to do (she was VERY tired and comfortable) but I thought that she HAD to see it! 😉
Hungry for what it could be, I looked it up on the net and found out it’s all to do with ice crystals floating around in the atmosphere and refracting the light in such a way that the eye recieving it sees the halo (this is the simple version). It can also happen to the sun. Once upon a time people used this as a way of predicting the weather, this morning it rained… (I don’t know whether that’s what it should predict though) The funny thing about it is that it is called a moon dog, and I encountered it when taking the dogs for a walk and even more funny, one of them is called Luna! So she’s literally Moon the dog lol!
So if you look up at the moon (or sun) when the atmosphere feels particularily clear and frosty, you might just see this large halo embracing the sky.
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