Moon Mystery Solved

If you happened to look up into the sky Saturday night you might have noticed something a little different.

For some, the moon overhead appeared to have a large ring of light around it.

Scientist say, that large ring of light is actually ice crystals that have gathered above the ground, as thin, wispy clouds.

Incoming light rays from the moon are bent--or "diffracted"--by these ice crystals.

Old folk tales actually say the "ring" means bad weather to come.

The saying goes like this: When there's a ring around the moon, rain or snow is coming soon.

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  • by Hanley Location: Jackson, KY on Jul 1, 2008 at 02:48 AM
    Hello, I live in Breathitt Co. and since I have been watching the skies I've seen this ring around the moon more than 10 or 15 times, when the moon is full. Thanks.
  • by Tashelle Location: Stanford on Feb 18, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    Bill that was so nice if you
  • by Anonymous Location: around on Feb 18, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    well thanks for clearing that up because i was looking for UFO'S!!!!!!!
  • by Bobby Location: Picklesimer on Feb 18, 2008 at 12:56 PM
    Also, how ever many stars that are visible inside the ring is how many days until the weather change arrives.
  • by i JUST THOUGHT on Feb 18, 2008 at 11:20 AM
  • by J Location: Breathitt County on Feb 18, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    I saw this to and it was beautiful.....Science can be amazing!
  • by Venerable Location: Kentucky on Feb 17, 2008 at 07:00 PM
    Glad they cleared that up.
  • by Trippin wit Spike Location: Lexbb on Feb 17, 2008 at 03:35 PM
    I just thought I had dropped some bad acid, come to find out thad my acid was good.
  • by Tom on Feb 17, 2008 at 02:30 PM
    I have known this for years. It stands true, usually bad weather is roughly 8 hours away. Check and see.
  • by Phyllis Location: Paris Ky. on Feb 17, 2008 at 12:55 PM
    Amazing to see a beautiful ring around the moon in my lifetime.
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