Look at the bright star near the left border of the photo: Spica. From a distance you will see a brightening around this star.
This brightening is the Gegenschein, sunlit scattered by interplanetary dust at the antisolar point.
The Gegenschein is really difficult to spot, you need a clear moonless night and the help of a camera, in my photo battling some light pollution it is faintly visible.
Knowing that the antisolar point was near Spica at the time the photo was taken helped a lot.
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An ultra thin waning crescent Moon only one day before new Moon distorted by the atmosphere. It looked really strange to the naked eye.
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A strong display of airglow just above the waters of Rio de La Plata with the Milky Way rising above.
Airglow is produced by chemiluminescence in the high atmosphere and, contrary to the aurora,it can be seen all over the world. It's usually not visible to the naked eye and always looks green in photos.
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As the 2013 SuperMoon rises over Rio de La Plata a 22 degrees lunar halo is formed. Moonlight is reflected and refracted on ice crystals to produce this beautiful display. Moonlight is also reflected on the water.
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The full moon from January the 9th rising above Rio de La Plata as seen from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The red color and the distorted look is produced by Earth's atmosphere as the moon was very low in the East.
Taken with a 1500mm lens and stitched from 5 shots (91mpx).
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