Lunar halo appears with green aurora

It’s wonderful to see a halo around the moon… And also a colorful aurora.

But how about seeing the two together? Anatoly Hlopotnyuk captured the view.

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by Anatoly Hlopotnyuk

This unique image of a lunar halo combined to a bright aurora was imaged over Pechora (Komi Republic, Russia, 20-21.03.16) by Anatoly Hlopotnyuk during the great auroral display around the world between March 17 to 21, 2016.

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by Anatoly Hlopotnyuk

The ice crystals of the thin cirrus layer that created the halo are well below the glowing atoms of the aurora.

Here a video from January 30, 2013 of an Aurora Borealis and Lunar Halo over Prelude Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada:

At this time of year, a glancing blow can be enough to spark bright auroras. For unknown reasons, the weeks around equinoxes favor geomagnetic storms. Even a gentle gust of solar wind can produce a magnificent display.

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