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.