Sun and Moon Align to Create Stunning Two-Faced Ice Halo

It looks like the sky of an alien world, or a portent for the coming apocalypse, but this photo is actually a day and night composite—two images taken in the same spot along the coast of Östersund, Sweden, roughly ten hours apart.

Astrophotographer Göran Strand captured both images on April 1st. What makes the composite so remarkable are the doppelgänger ice halos surrounding the sun and the moon. According toNASA, the radius of these halos is determined by the hexagonal geometry of atmospheric ice crystals, and by the reflection and refraction of light.

You can check out more of Strand’s stunning space photos on his website, Facebook, orInstagram.

source: by Maddie Stone

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.