No, it’s an equally strange lunar corona over Turin. To wit:

Rings like this will sometimes appear when the Moon is seen through thin clouds. The effect is created by the quantum mechanical diffraction of light around individual, similarly-sized water droplets in an intervening but mostly-transparent cloud. Since light of different colors has different wavelengths, each color diffracts differently. Lunar Coronae are one of the few quantum mechanical colour effects that can be easily seen with the unaided eye. The featured lunar corona was captured around full Moon above TurinItaly in 2014. Similar coronae that form around the Sun are usually harder to see because of the Sun’s great brightness.

(ImageGiorgia Hofer (Cortina Astronomical Association)

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2 thoughts on “Dormammu!

  1. Richie

    wow wee quantum mechanical that’s a complicated sounding term that is definitely not shoe-horned in here for the sake of it…

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