Alexandros Maragos’ Captivating Photo of Phenomenon in the Skies of Patras Selected as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day

For the second time, Greek photographer Alexandros Maragos has had one of his photos selected as the photo of the day by NASA!

Maragos, an Athens-based filmmaker and photographer captured the Greek sky over Patras in a unique scientifically explained moment as NASA wrote on its website about the selected Astronomy Picture of the Day:

“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.”

NASA previously selected a photo by Alexandros Maragos of the Milky Way over the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio as the Astronomy Picture of the Day.

To see more of Maragos’ photos check out: alexandrosmaragos.com