No, the aliens are not attacking. It’s just a Lunar Halo.

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No, the aliens are not attacking. It’s just a Lunar Halo.

Lunar Halo over downtown Gloucester Thursday night.

Lunar Halo over downtown Gloucester Thursday night.

Dylan Orlando

Lunar Halo over downtown Gloucester Thursday night.

Dylan Orlando

Dylan Orlando

Lunar Halo over downtown Gloucester Thursday night.

DYLAN ORLANDO, Staff Writer

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Last night, as many people looked up at the sky, they were amazed to see such a large ring of light around the moon. 

This common scientific event happens often in the winter. The ring of light is caused by ice particles floating within a high altitude cirrus or cirrostratus cloud. The light reflected off the moon bounces around through the ice, and the ice reflects that light at a twenty-two-degree angle, creating the circle. 

The lunar halo is often a sign of wet weather ahead, as cirrus clouds are often at the front of a storm. This trend will seemingly remain constant, as rain is forecasted for the morning of January 12th.