I spied this moon halo last night as I drove home from our canoe trip outfitting shop in Ely. Moon halos are created when millions of tiny ice crystals high in the atmosphere reflect light. The shape of the ice crystals results in a focusing of the light into a ring around the moon. Because the ice crystals are six-sided, they reflect light at a 22 degree angle, creating a ring that has a 22 degree diameter.
Though moon halos are certainly more common during the dogsledding season than the canoe tripping season, people are already reserving canoe trips now for the best selection of permits for their desired entry points and dates. Please contact us and we’ll happily talk you through some canoe trip options. We make BWCAW trip planning fun and simple, and we enjoy sharing stories about our region and the natural world.