239 – Blue Moon Halo Mandala

Halo Moon in the Arctic
A Blue Moon Halo over Antarctica Image Credit & Copyright: LI Hang

LI Hang photographed this amazingly complete halo surrounding the July 2015 blue moon over a power generator house near the Zhongshan Station in Antarctica. NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) site showcased the image on August 11, 2015.

I love the sci-fi/futuristic/surrealistic look of this image, like a moon flashlight. And mandalas abound aplenty in this photo: the moon, the halo and all the snow flakes.

From their post, APOD states:

Such 22 degree rings around the Moon — caused by ice crystals falling in the Earth’s atmosphere — are somewhat rare. … Given the modern definition of blue moon — the second full moon occurring in a calendar month — these are also rare. What is featured above might therefore be considered doubly rare — a halo surrounding a blue moon.

Next time it’s snowing, I’ll take the time to experience the millions of crystal mandalas that magically fall to this earth from the heavens above.

Happy Coloring!

If you would like your mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read how on the Participate page. It’s easy!  Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.

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