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#1    CASTOR

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Posted 16 March 2003 - 08:15 PM

                                                  i just got back from Florida on vacation at the beach. we went out every night to watch the moon and the ocean. Every night the moon had a ring around it. the ring was pretty close at first but as the evening went on it got further away. we had our guesses and asked other people, but no one had any idea. does anybody have an idea?

                                                                                                                                

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Posted 16 March 2003 - 08:21 PM

                                                  Here ya go, Castor;

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Posted 16 March 2003 - 08:28 PM

                                                  thanks Magikman,
but do have any idea why it would only happen in florida? cause i cant see it ever at my house in west virginia.

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Posted 16 March 2003 - 08:34 PM

                                                  Sure, different atmospheric conditions. It doesn't happen only in Florida, I've seen this phenomena and I'm in Wisconsin, and have also witnessed it in New Mexico. Just a combination of the right conditions.                                                  

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Posted 16 March 2003 - 10:10 PM

                                                   It happens over here too Castor . The old wives tale is that it means rain tommorow. smile.gif                                                  


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Posted 17 March 2003 - 02:57 PM

                                                  it happens in Alabama too, i see it quite often.                                                  

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Posted 17 March 2003 - 06:27 PM

                                                  I  guess West Virginia is just one of those states where not much goes on.


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Posted 17 March 2003 - 09:21 PM

                                                  
This fairly common sight occurs when high thin clouds containing millions of tiny ice crystals cover much of the sky. Each ice crystal acts like a miniature lens.

Because most of the crystals have a similar elongated hexagonal shape, light entering one crystal face and exiting through the opposing face refracts 22 degrees, which corresponds to the radius of the Moon Halo. A similar Sun Halo may be visible during the day. Exactly how ice-crystals form in clouds remains under investigation.
                                                  

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Posted 18 March 2003 - 02:44 PM

                                                  
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Exactly how ice-crystals form in clouds remains under investigation.


im guessing it has something to do with cold  laugh.gif                                                  

if there was a meteor,
adrift amongst space,
set about on a collision course
not with Earth, but my face...
i wonder if id even know,
at what time i might,
be passed off like an old style
and by the meteor be smite?

- me, 1997

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Posted 18 March 2003 - 02:57 PM

                                                  the clouds that are around the ice crystals are usually warmer han the crystals, and as such the crystals should not be able to form in the first place.                                                  

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Posted 18 March 2003 - 03:03 PM

                                                  ya, but you also said that they were 'high thin clouds".  i was just making a joke as ive never been in the upper atmosphere to check it out for myself smile.gif                                                  

if there was a meteor,
adrift amongst space,
set about on a collision course
not with Earth, but my face...
i wonder if id even know,
at what time i might,
be passed off like an old style
and by the meteor be smite?

- me, 1997

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Posted 27 March 2003 - 10:57 PM

                                                  Yeah, i see that all the time in NM. Very pretty actually..                                                  


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Posted 10 May 2003 - 03:48 AM

                                                  Rings! Lord of the Rings Saruman!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cool.gif  cool.gif  cool.gif                                                  

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Posted 10 May 2003 - 08:22 AM

                                                   wink.gif  Actually you're not that funny dude                                                  

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 03:17 AM

                                                  That hurt                                                  

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