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Incredible image shows rare phenomenon of the moon surrounded by a celestial rainbow



A stunning photograph has captured the moon surrounded by a multi-coloured halo as light reflecting off the silvery surface was split by water particles in the air.

 

The rare phenomenon was captured by photographer Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, 45, near the northern Italian city of Parma.

 

Known as a luna corona, the spectacle occurs when light reflecting off the moon is split by water particles or ice crystals in the air.

 

Mr Panizza said: 'I have seen this phenomenon several times, but I had never been able to photograph it.'

 


The rare phenomenon was captured by photographer Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, 45, near the northern Italian city of Parma

 

He said being home for lockdown meant he had the equipment he needed to take hundreds of snaps of the celestial object.

 

He spent two hours photographing the phenomenon.  

 

'This time, seeing it from home for the lockdown, I had with me all the necessary equipment to best capture this moment,' he added.

'Between 10pm and 12am I took a few hundred photos of the moon that created halos, iridescences and crowns among clouds and veils.'

 

The photograph captured the moon's craters with clarity as a large ring of colour encapsulated it.  

 

The incredible image featured an almost clear sky, with just a few atmospheric wisps of cloud.

 

And, adding to the effect, stars can be seen glinting from inside the rainbow after Mr Panizza's camera picked up every detail of the night's sky.

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