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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Weather image of the day: Red snow moon

By Jason Samenow

Red Snow Moon Over Edmonton. Credit & Copyright: Luca Vanzella. Source: NASA

Today we're debuting a "weather image of the day" post - to showcase some of the best weather images from around the web, and also provide an opportunity for readers to submit photos (email: for consideration. In addition to images, we'll also consider/feature videos. Some days we may publish multiple images.

The image above is from NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day" website. Here is NASA's excellent description of the image:

What's hovering between those buildings? The Moon. The above image was taken two weeks ago as the full Snow Moon started to rise above Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The odd coincidence between the angular size of the far distant Moon and the angular width of nearby buildings created a striking juxtaposition. Backing away from the buildings so to reduce their angular size was a key to planning the image. The temperature was so low, -25 C, that plumes of steam rose from neighboring oil refineries. The above image was taken during a momentary break in the plumes. The rising Moon appears red here for the same reason that a setting Sun appears red -- because blue light is preferentially scattered away by intervening air. In this case, the shimmering steam plumes likely also caused the Moon to appear slightly compressed. The next full moon, the full Worm Moon, will occur in mid-March.

Great shot, huh? Thanks to the photographer Luca Vanzella for granting permission for publication.

By Jason Samenow  | March 1, 2011; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Latest, Photography  
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Pretty darn fantastic! Glad we could post this. Thanks again to Luca...

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Anyone, locally, planning to send in images for us to use? :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

awesome photo. you can tell it's frigid with the steam/smoke rising into the air. Definitely like this idea of doing daily weather images.

Posted by: meteorolinguist | March 1, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Very nice photo! Last night on the news, Sue Palka mentioned that early risers would have a nice view of Venus next to the crescent moon this morning. It was pretty neat, but I didn't feel like messing with the tripod to get a shot...

Camden, I'll send mail when I have something good. I guess you're looking for shots that are pretty recent...

Posted by: spgass1 | March 1, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

the nasa description said,
"...the shimmering steam plumes likely also caused the Moon to appear slightly compressed."

huh? how does that work?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 1, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | March 1, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Super cool pic. Ridley Scott might have shot _Blade Runner_ in Edmonton had he known :-)

Posted by: Virginiadude1 | March 1, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

For the past three days, your weather forecast has arrived in my in-box on average three hours late.

Instead of reading it first thing at 5 a.m., I'm stuck with guessing at whether I'll be safe from the elements when I leave home at 5:30 a.m.

What gives? Did someone die?

Posted by: loulor | March 1, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse


Not sure why it's been late. Sorry about that. I'll see if we can get it restored to its earlier time.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

spgass1 - send in anything with decent resolution! Even if a past year, or past scene.. if it is DC-related, we'd love to take a look.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 1, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

On February 18th we were at our neighbors shortly after sunset when my friend pointed to the orange/red moon. It was absolutely beautiful as it rose. Crystal clear evening and spectacular color. Don't know how long it lasted...went inside for dinner and wine! Glad I hadn't had the wine first or would have thought I was imagining it.

Posted by: worldtraveler83 | March 1, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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