Unusual phenomenon seen in Taimyr sky

Unusual phenomenon seen in Taimyr sky

March 29, 2021

A Norilsk resident photographed the lunar halo near Dudinka.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. On the night of March 28-29, an unusual natural phenomenon lit up the Taimyr sky – the lunar halo. For the first time, a photographer from Norilsk, Mikhail Podolyak, managed to shoot a large luminous circle near the Moon.

“Initially, I went out to shoot the northern lights, but they were weak. When I took my way to Dudinka at about midnight, I first noticed the lunar halo and took a couple of shots. By the way, the solar halo can be seen much more often, but with the lunar halo it is more and more difficult. My observation shows that everything depends on the angle of refraction: the halo was not visible when I was moving from Kayerkan to Alykel, but as soon as I entered the Dudinka highway, I was lucky to notice it”, Mikhail said.

Recall that the halo is an optical phenomenon in which a ring of light, a sparkling arc or a column of light can be seen around the Sun or Moon. It occurs in frosty and clear weather, when moonlight or sunlight is reflected in the smallest ice crystals. There is a popular omen that halo is a harbinger of worsening weather.

Earlier, This Is Taimyr told about Aurora season in the North of Siberia though due to a decrease in solar activity, residents of Taimyr would observe fewer auroras in the next years. A good news is that thanks to scientists everyone can predict the appearing of the northern lights.

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Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: Mikhail Podolyak

March 29, 2021

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