At around 2:00 this morning Gwen and I went outside to the backyard to have a smoke and at nearly the same time we looked up to the sky and caught glimpse of a spectacular sight. Surrounding a full moon was a ring of light that at first sight looked like a thin cloud that was purposely placed around the moon in a perfect circle. My friend and I were dumfounded for common sense will tell you that any cloud formation cannot obtain circular perfection. From our eye distance to the moon the ring was about one foot in radius and one foot diameter. “I’ve heard about a ring around the moon but this is ridiculous,” that was the first comment that exited my mouth followed by a series of “What is it?” and “How is that possible?” It looked like a huge hula hoop surrounding the moon. We started cracking jokes about this being a sign that the end of the world is upon us or that it was alien activity or that we mysteriously entered some other realm. Clouds were now moving through the ring and it looked as if the phenomenon was breaking up and fading away but five minutes later it seemed to have restored itself. An hour later when we went back outside the moon had changed positions and the ring had followed. It had to have been the light from the moon but how and why? I’m going to have to do some research on this one.
October 25, 1999 (4:30 a.m.)