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paraselene n.

1. a luminous spot on a lunar halo
2. a moonlike optical illusion caused by moonlight passing through ice crystals in the upper atmosphere
3. mock moon

Etymology:

para (by the side of) + Greek selene moon. Selene was the Titan goddess of the moon, later supplanted by the Greek goddess, Artemis.


Image of paraslene from NASA.
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