March 3, 2021

Photographer Captures Once-in-lifetime Shot of the Moon Disguised as Saturn

An incredible image of the moon looking like Saturn has been captured by a lucky photographer in Guatemala.

From the perspective of the Acatenango volcano base camp rings of clouds disguised our closest neighbor as the famous ringed planet. The majestic shot was captured by photographer Francisco Sojuel. He hiked for six hours to get above the Acatenango base camp to get the perfect view and the once-in-a-lifetime shot.

In the early morning, just before sunrise, Sojuel looked up and saw the mesmerizing Moon surrounded by a ring of clouds, which made it look like it was dressed up like Saturn.

The great silhouette of Pacaya volcano and the Guatemalan highlands fill out the lower portion of the image and add the drama. According to the photographer, the cloud is actually a cirrostratus cloud made of ice crystals.

When seen from certain angles it looks like they’ve created halos around the moon. Given that there’s no real halo around this Moon and the texture of the cloud is a bit fluffy, it might be a cirrostratus fibratus or a cirrus spissatus cloud. These are both denser and are often formed by strong winds.

Sojuel is known for his amazing landscape photography also for his astrophotography as well. Scroll down below to see some of his astonishing shots.

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