I came across this article from Yahoo! buzz and I wish to share it with all of you. Apparently on the 1st December, 2009 (two days ago) some people managed to see a ring surrounding the moon. Here is what I read from the article:Many folks who looked up at the sky last night were greeted with a very bizarre sight: a luminous ring surrounding the moon. Were aliens coming? Was the end of the world at hand? Fortunately, no.
Though it looked ominous, the shiny ring around the moon last night was actually a rather common weather phenomenon. According to various weather-related blogs across the Buzz, this ring around the moon occurs when thin cirrus clouds, which contain ice crystals, refract the moonlight. A blog from the Goddard Space Flight Center explains that “the shape of the ice crystals results in a focusing of the light into a ring. Since the ice crystals typically have the same shape, namely a hexagonal shape, the Moon ring is always the same size.”
Of course, in the moment, many sky watchers didn’t know what the heck was going on, and the resulting avalanche of Web searches reflects their confusion. Queries on “ring around the moon,” “why is there a ring around the moon,” and “ring around moon pictures” all soared into the stratosphere. A news station in Cincinnati reported that they received calls from curious watchers.
Some folks say that if you count the number of stars within the ring, it’ll let you know how many days until the next snowfall. Space.com doesn’t confirm that tall tale, but it does explain that a ring around the moon in warm-weather months “usually foretells…a long, slow rain [that] should eventually arrive in about 12 to 18 hours.”
But hey, even if nothing happens afterward, a ring around the moon is still cool to look at any time of the year.
How I wish I was able to see it. I just hope that one day I might come across something as beautiful as this glowing ringed moon!