This image i took in late January in Patras, Greece has been chosen by NASA as Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD). It shows a 22° halo around the sun with a plane contrail casting a shadow on a thin cloud layer. It's the second time one of my shots is featured by NASA's APOD and i feel deeply honored.
* NASA explains: "What's happened to the sky? Several common features of the daytime sky are interacting in uncommon ways. First, well behind the silhouetted hills, is the typically bright Sun. In front of the Sun are thin clouds, possibly the home to a layer of hexagonal ice crystals that together are creating the 22 degree halo of light surrounding the Sun. The unusual bent line that crosses the image is a contrail -- a type of cloud created by a passing airplane. Much of the contrail must actually be further away than the thin cloud because it casts a shadow onto the cloud, giving an unusual three-dimensional quality to the featured image. The featured image was taken in late January in the city of Patras in West Greece."
Timelapse version of the previous Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
About: Alexandros Maragos is an Athens based Filmmaker and Photographer known for his diverse and dynamic visual style. In addition to having been featured by important international organizations and publications including NASA and National Geographic, Alex's photography and timelapse imagery has been licensed by some of the biggest brands & corporations in the world: more.