The thin, layered Cirrostratus cloud is composed of ice crystals and forms a…

The thin, layered Cirrostratus cloud is composed of ice crystals and forms a…

From sprites and massive light spirals to "shining halo clouds," the photos of light phenomena in this gallery are naturally-occurring or man-made illusions.

From sprites and massive light spirals to "shining halo clouds," the photos of light phenomena in this gallery are naturally-occurring or man-made illusions.

北欧、フィンランドにて先日観測された、「幻日現象」がすべて重なるという奇跡の事態。本日はその全貌を、みなさんにご覧いただくことにいたしましょう。  そもそも「幻 …

北欧、フィンランドにて先日観測された、「幻日現象」がすべて重なるという奇跡の事態。本日はその全貌を、みなさんにご覧いただくことにいたしましょう。 そもそも「幻 …

Cirrostratus clouds

Cirrostratus clouds

CIRROCUMULUS with CIRROSTRATUS Photo by Jay Madigan on June 23rd, 2011, Hampton, VA This image is an example of small cell cirrocumulus blending into a thin, high-level cirrostratus cloud deck.

CIRROCUMULUS with CIRROSTRATUS Photo by Jay Madigan on June 23rd, 2011, Hampton, VA This image is an example of small cell cirrocumulus blending into a thin, high-level cirrostratus cloud deck.

Moon Dog-- moondog, or mock moon, (scientific name paraselene, 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.

Moon Dog-- moondog, or mock moon, (scientific name paraselene, 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.

Eggemoggin is our tuba player.  His large frame tuba case weighs more than 30 pounds but it may as well be a cirrostratus cloud, since he loves his instrument so much.

Eggemoggin is our tuba player. His large frame tuba case weighs more than 30 pounds but it may as well be a cirrostratus cloud, since he loves his instrument so much.

Cirrostratus clouds

Cirrostratus clouds

Good picture taken today at the NWS Spokane office. Some cirrostratus clouds have led to a noticeable ring around the sun.

Good picture taken today at the NWS Spokane office. Some cirrostratus clouds have led to a noticeable ring around the sun.

Lunar Halo   Ring Around the Moon is caused by the refraction, reflection, and dispersion of light through ice particles suspended within thin, wispy, high altitude cirrus or cirrostratus clouds.

Lunar Halo Ring Around the Moon is caused by the refraction, reflection, and dispersion of light through ice particles suspended within thin, wispy, high altitude cirrus or cirrostratus clouds.

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