Rare Atmospheric Optics over Raleigh

December 2nd, 2009
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If you looked to the sky last night around Raleigh, the moon and atmospheric ice crystals put on a show. I’m no expert, but I think I’ve identified several rare phenomena that were visible.

In this first image, there appears to be Parry Arc, faint Parhelic circle, and 22º halo.
Parry Arc, Parhelic circle, and 22º halo

Parry Arc, Moon dog…

22 degree halo

Halo with Two Hannover Square

Parry Arc with Raleigh Skyline context

Rare Atmospheric Optics over Raleigh

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