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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lunar halo of the moon last December 25, 2012 Philippines

Lunar Halo of Dec 25, 2012 Philippines
I didn't expected that I'll witness a lunar halo during the night time of December 25, 2012 at around 7:00pm Christmas night here in Cavite, Philippines. I went out of that house to scout for a good location for a fireworks display coming from SM Bacoor, but before the fireworks display, I spotted the moon and its lunar halo glowing so bright above the night sky.

I took a pic of the lunar halo using my Olympus E-520 and in P mode and not using a tripod, I got one good shot with blurry backgrounds. Awesome sight and its my first time to see a lunar halo

What's a lunar halo?

A 22° halo is a halo, one type of optical phenomenon, forming a circle 22° around the sun, or occasionally the moon. It forms as sunlight is refracted in hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. As the light beam passes through two sides of the prism forming a 60° angle, the angle of minimum deviation is almost 22° (namely, 21.84° on average; 21.54° for red and 22.37° for blue). This wavelength-dependent variation in refraction causes the inner edge of the circle to be reddish while the outer edge is bluish.[1] A 22° halo may be visible on as many as 100 days per year  - more details at Wikipedia


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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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