Lunar Halo - What is That Ring Around the Moon?

Why Is There a Beautiful Ring Around the Moon?

Ice crystals suspended in the air refract light from the Moon, and due to their geometry they create a ring around it.

Ice crystals suspended in the air refract light from the Moon, and due to their geometry they create a ring around it.

Ring around the Moon from Costa Rica. Image credit: Bruce Thomson

Ring around the Moon from Costa Rica. Image credit: Bruce Thomson

Beautiful, enormous moon halo  Ring around the moon over Horsham, Australia on April 13, 2016. Photo by Lynton Brown.

Beautiful, enormous moon halo Ring around the moon over Horsham, Australia on April 13, 2016. Photo by Lynton Brown.

Why Is There a Beautiful Ring Around the Moon?: A lunar halo is caused by ice particles in the earth's atmosphere, as seen in this photo taken in Tromsø, Norway.

Why Is There a Beautiful Ring Around the Moon?

Why Is There a Beautiful Ring Around the Moon?: A lunar halo is caused by ice particles in the earth's atmosphere, as seen in this photo taken in Tromsø, Norway.

Red skies, lightning strikes and rings around the moon – take a look at these strange sayings of weather lore and find out what they mean.

13 Weird Weather Superstitions

Red skies, lightning strikes and rings around the moon – take a look at these strange sayings of weather lore and find out what they mean.

Ring around the Moon! The rings are caused by moonlight refracting off of ice crystals high in the atmosphere. Folklore says that a ring around the moon means that there's a storm coming.

Ring around the Moon! The rings are caused by moonlight refracting off of ice crystals high in the atmosphere. Folklore says that a ring around the moon means that there's a storm coming.

A wise owl once said "Some nights the moon can surprise you, look out for the rings around it”

A wise owl once said "Some nights the moon can surprise you, look out for the rings around it”

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