Agent Danger (gustheduckie) wrote,
Agent Danger

I saw the most incredible thing last night. At about 9:15, I was walking back to my room after rehearsal. I glanced up at the clock tower, and saw something out of the corner of my eye. I looked up at the moon, and there was a huge circular ring of bright white light surrounding it. I went back to the auditorium to tell everyone else to come look, and a few people came back outside with me. By that time, the ring of light had dimmed a little, but we could see a spectrum at the bottom of the ring. When I looked straight at the moon, which was almost directly overhead, I could barely see the whole ring in my field of vision. It was that big.

Since there was no way I could get a picture of it, here's my crappy five-minute Photoshop representation. The curved horizon is supposed to imitate a wide angle lens, since this thing was so huge. Also, you can see where I painted in the spectrum at the bottom.

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I did some Googling, and discovered that the ring of light is called a corona and is actually quite common with both the moon and the sun. However, I never found a picture that showed a corona as big or as bright as the one I saw. The really cool part, though, is the spectrum I saw. It's called a moon bow, and is really rare. Last night, only about ten minutes passed from the time we could make out the spectrum until it had faded away completely.

Basically, I figure that what I saw last night is probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing, which I think is pretty damn cool. :-)
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