A Big Ring Around the Moon
Last night there was a big ring around the moon. I noticed it just before midnight when I was standing outside in my garden. I had a clear view of a complete circle around the moon - and the bright star just beside the Moon was also visible, it was actually the planet Jupiter.
I stood there for a few minutes marvelling at how it was a complete circle and really well defined - and all the way round the moon. I then considered taking a photo, but decided my camera phone wouldn't be good enough, so I got my "proper camera" out. It's got some night shot automatic settings and I took some photos of the moon, but when I looked at the screen they didn't seem all that good, so I never downloaded them from the camera card as that takes me 10-15 minutes.
It was a really clear night - with the temperature round about freezing. The ring round the moon is caused by ice crystals at high altitude - and the light from the moon bounces off them.
It was amazing to see!
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