February 25, 2013

Alaskan Moondogs

Moonlight illuminates a snowy scene in this night land and skyscape made on January 17, 2013 from Lower Miller Creek, Alaska, USA. Overexposed near the mountainous western horizon is the first quarter Moon itself, surrounded by an icy halo and flanked left and right by moondogs. Sometimes called mock moons, a more scientific name for the luminous apparitions is paraselenae (plural). Analogous to a sundog or parhelion, a paraselene is produced by moonlight refracted through thin, hexagonal, plate-shaped ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. As determined by the crystal geometry, paraselenae are seen at an angle of 22 degrees or more from the Moon. Compared to the bright lunar disk, paraselenae are faint and easier to spot when the Moon is low.

Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Saarloos
Explanation: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130126.html


  1. Simply awesome! This pic I had to save on my computer to use as a background pic. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Apaixonada por ver tanta sensibilidade. Magico lindo!