Astrophotography - Maraya

Christmas Full Moon with "Moon dog"

Taken at 04ish this morning 2015-12-25 "The Christmas Full Moon 2015". The clouds parted here long enough to grab a few shots.
December's full moon, also known as the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon, coincides with Christmas Day this year. It presents us with a singular opportunity for reflection and preparation. Not since 1977 has Christmas been brightened by a full moon, and it won't happen again until 2034.
"Moon Dog" A moon dog, moondog, or mock moon,[1] (scientific name paraselene,[1] plural paraselenae, meaning "beside the moon") is a relatively rare bright circular spot on a lunar halo caused by the refraction of moonlight by hexagonal-plate-shaped ice crystals in cirrus or cirrostratus clouds.[2]

Moon dogs appear as part of the 22° halo, roughly 10 Moon diameters outside the Moon.[3] They are exactly analogous to sun dogs, but are rarer because the Moon must be bright, about quarter moon or more, for the moon dogs to be observed.

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