Broken Corona

By: Christoph Malin


Region: Europe

Country: Austria

Date: 2013 April 25

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The full moon aligns with a sharp peak on the Alps, Austria. The upper left of the Moon is dimmed by the Earth shadow during the partial lunar eclipse of 2013 April 25. Around the moon a broken but colorful corona s formed as bright moonlight is diffracted by water droplets in thin clouds drifting in front of the lunar disk. This atmospheric phenomena have an intensely bright central aureole which is white-blue and fringed with yellows and reds. On the left Saturn is visible. Click on the constellation icon above the image to see another Alpine moon view captured by the photographer.

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