“Par” for the course


In October of 2009, I witnessed my second Parhelion, or Sundog, a natural phenomena, it wasn’t anything spectacular as those you see in the more northern or southern regions, but a complete halo around the sun, really large halo.

They are apparently caused by the effect of the sunlight passing through ice-crystals in the air (we’re in the tropics, ice-crystals??).  In the photo above, you can see the relative size compared with the portion of Central Garage’s building sticking out of the corner  🙂

A few nights ago, my friend Savita messaged me asking if I’d seen the moon that evening, on looking, I was amazed to see the same effect with the moon, called a Parselene.

Given my experience with lunar sky photography, I did not expect a great image out of it, so I’d say this one is just about par for the course  🙂

It may be difficult to see, depending on your monitor’s calibration  🙂  With the naked eye, I could actually see the rainbow of colours in the halo, off to the right of the image is the power-line to my house  🙂

As always, click on each image to see them better in the Gallery.

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8 thoughts on ““Par” for the course

  1. When the one occurred in 2009, the weirdo we had working security (who was investigated for stealing an AK-47 while in the army) told me that it was an indication of god’s fury about to be unleashed on sinners, then asked if I was feeling nervous 🙂

  2. Beautiful Micheal! Wonder what the ‘weirdo’ was saying about the moon dog………woof? We were always told such ‘signs’ were an indication of rain……

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