Last night skies across Merseyside were lit up by a supermoon and at the same time a moon halo.
A supermoon is when the moon is 15 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it is at its smallest and dimmest.
During the supermoon event on Saturday a moon halo appeared, which was more visible than usual due to the 15% extra brightness.
Our photographer Tom Munns who captured these extraordinary pictures above Wallasey said: “the halo was huge and covered the whole sky.
He added: “I’ve seen moon halo’s before but nothing as big and bright as this, it was incredible”.
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Even Channel 4 weather presenter Liam Dutton seems to think our Halo pics are pretty good:
Great pic of a moon halo last night! https://t.co/XWmDGpJfA4
— Liam Dutton (@liamdutton) August 30, 2015
Moon halo facts:
- Moon halos are a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting 20,000 feet or more above our heads.
- These clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals and the halos you see are caused by both refraction, or splitting of light, and also by reflection, or glints of light from these ice crystals.
- The crystals have to be oriented and positioned just so with respect to your eye, in order for the halo to appear, so it’s said that halos are very personal, in that some people in the same area may not see the halo.
Check out these pictures below of the supermoon over Merseyside on Saturday night:
— Colin Lane (@snapperlane) August 29, 2015
— John S (@JohnShaw_71) August 29, 2015
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