Photo of the Week for January 9, 2015
Most people have seen Sun dogs — bright patches on either side of the Sun created by light refracted by ice crystals — but moon dogs? To see these, you need a bright Moon and the right atmospheric conditions. As astrophotographer Stu McNair reports, “I took this photo just east of Toronto, Ontario, near Glen Major Forest, on a very cold night (–23°C) at 9:50 p.m. January 7, 2015, while I was out viewing comet Lovejoy. The Moon rose with Jupiter beside it, and together with light pillars from a few local lights, created a rare scene for this area.”
McNair captured this eight-second exposure at ISO 800 with a Canon T2i DSLR camera equipped with a Rokinon 14mm lens set to f/4.