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moonshine71

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I live in southern ontario, and when I looked up at the moon, it appeared to have a cross over it caused by it's rays. At first I thought my glasses were dirty, and then I thought it was lingering jet fuel, but it was still there (even now as I type this it is still there). I even got my husband, son and his girlfriend to look and they all seen it. I have never seen this before and was wondering if anyone else has seen it or what causes it. Thanks
 
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MeteorWayne

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Check out this site and see if any of the ice phenomena fit what you saw. PLEASE let us know. It's been a cold week down here in NJ, so it's probably been colder than normal (for this time of year) up there. So the shape and orientaion of the crystals may have been something you haven't seen before. Since I looked at this site, I watch the thin cloud sky with a different perspective! <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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newtonian

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MeteorWayne - I have seen sun dogs - though never in the shape of a cross as moonshine describes.<br /><br />Your link does show a sun dog in the shape of a cross, though.<br /><br />I assume moon dogs - if that's what they are called? - have the same cause and would be similar in effects.<br /><br />Interestingly, I had never seen a sun dog when I was young - but in the past 2 decades I have seen many of them. Is their frequency increasing for some reason?<br /><br />For example, since ozone depletion is causing reduced radiation absorbtion in the upper atmosphere - have we observed the following effect:?<br /><br />1. An increase in earth surface temperature due to absorbtion of radiation on the surface formerly absorbed in the upper atmosphere - e.g. global warming - an additional man-made cause?<br /><br />2. A decrease in upper atmosphere temperature due to less absorbtion of radiation there. <br /><br />3. Have we observed effects of upper atmosphere cooling, such as condensation of noctilucent or mother of pearl clouds, or increased sun and moon dogs, etc.?
 
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MeteorWayne

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They MAY be more common due to thin cirrus increasing as more and more aircraft contrails cause a background level of cloudiness. Also, you might have been less aware when younger, I know I was <img src="/images/icons/wink.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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moonshine71

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The link you sent me on Halos is something similar to what we saw, with the exception of the outer Halo. It looked like a huge cross and the moon appeared to be like a bright diamond. I will look again tonight and see. I'm pretty close to the Windsor/Detroit border so I 'm not that far North, the temp. last night was around -4. Thanks
 
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