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Moon Ring, Skye.

By jimthistle73  
Saw this odd cloud formation last night when I went out for a quick ciggie. The clouds had cleared in an almost perfect circle around the moon. Nipped back in for the tripod, camera and 10-20mm lens.

If anyone knows what this phenomena is all about, I'd be interested to know!

Really is worth viewing large (IMHO, and whilst my free e2 lasts!).

Tags: Landscape and travel Night and low light

Voters: Mari, mitchy81, theend and 13 more

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Mari 17 1.8k United Kingdom
30 Dec 2009 9:48AM

This may explain it.

Gorgeous shot, well captured

jimthistle73 17 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2009 9:51AM
Cheers Mari - just been looking at that page in your link, and yes, that's what it looks like!
theend 12 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2009 9:59AM
It's a braw bricht moonlicht nicht
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
30 Dec 2009 10:02AM
Marvellous shot, Jamie. I have certainly never seen anything like this. Very well captured.
30 Dec 2009 10:07AM
Excellent shot - the sky's have certainly been fabulous this past week or so.

Steve Cribbin 18 49 10 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2009 10:11AM
It must be good to have just seen this effect, but to have done such a great job of capturing it is excellent. Including the ground details adds so much to this image and makes it very appealing as well as interesting. Great work.

andy_AHG 12 106 6 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2009 10:19AM
Smashing shot Jim. The ring around the moon is known as a corona and is caused by the refraction of light through ice crystals in the earth's atmosphere.

porty2003 17 97 Scotland
30 Dec 2009 10:20AM
Smashing shot,there was the same 'phenomenon' down here in Lothian about 6 weeks ago.I dont have the explanation thoughSmile

jimthistle73 17 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2009 11:02AM
Cheers folks for comments. I've just managed to find one with a straight horizon - surprised no-one brought it up Wink
jazzygf 17 537 Scotland
30 Dec 2009 2:02PM
Yes saw this last night also walking the dogs. Pity my camera was in the house was a wierd sight. Im in Ayrshire
Diana 14 2.0k 19 Netherlands
31 Dec 2009 1:02AM
Yep, its a Cirrostratus cloud

nice capture

Luciajo 11 8 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2010 4:33PM
amazing shot, well captured, interesting its like QI this site!
paskinmj 12 11 1 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2012 1:35AM
Spot on exposure. Excellent shot.

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