Stunning moon halo seen in the West Country

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The light from the sun or moon hit the ice crystals, and the refraction caused by that shows a halo.These halos in general are relatively common, but it’s less common to see them form around the moon.This is because the moon has to be in the new moon phase and the visibility has to be good in order for the halo to be seen. A spokesperson for the Met Office said:  “It was particularly good last night because you had the combination of high visibility with the new moon and the high clouds”.Many posted their pictures of the moon halo on social media. Will Belcher, from Wiltshire, described it on Twitter said it was a “pretty decent moon halo”.Dowager Countess Bathurst, from Cirencester, was more generous with her praise, calling the moon halo “stunning”.Halos were used as a previous form of weather forecasting. According to the Met Office, the presence of high “cirrus cloud which contains the ice crystals required for haloes to form often signifies an approaching frontal system; however in many cases the front will be inactive or simply change course from the area – producing no rain.” Pretty decent #moon #halo this evening. “The ring around the Moon is caused by the refraction of Moonlight (which of course is reflected su…— 🌍William Belcher📸 (@willbaroo) April 11, 2017center_img @BBCGlos @elverdave @mikeysmithers nice halo on the banks of the river Severn tonight ideal time to be out— CRAIG SMITH (@TINTINOUT) April 10, 2017 A stunning moon halo was seen on Monday night and photographed by awe-struck viewers.The phenomenon is called a 22-degree halo, and is more commonly seen around the sun.Leighton James, a photographer in Bristol, told the BBC: “It’s something I have never seen before and thought it looked quite amazing.”A 22-degree halo forms when there are high cirrus clouds passing slowly across the sky. Stunning halo around the moon tonight..— Countess Bathurst (@CotswoldLadyB) April 10, 2017last_img

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