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Paraselene, June 15th, 1911

A paraselene is a bright spot on the halo of the moon, sometimes appearing as large and bright as to be another mock moon. In Wilson's picture above the paraselene is therefore the upwards curved arc on the inner halo. It is another example of an optical phenomena encountered not frequently, but neither rarely in Antarctica. June the 15th when this was observed and later painted is just a week away from midwinter's day and is at a time of permanent 24 hour darkness.

Painting by Dr. E.A. Wilson - In: "Scott's Last Expedition", 1913.

Robert Falcon Scott, Terra Nova Expedition 1910 - 1913

Picture courtesy NOAA

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