from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A luminous spot on a lunar halo.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bright, circular spot, sometimes seen on a lunar halo, caused by refraction through ice crystals
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mock moon; an image of the moon which sometimes appears at the point of intersection of two lunar halos. Cf. parhelion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bright spot on a lunar halo, produced by refraction through a preponderating number of ice-crystals floating perpendicularly or vertically; a mock moon.
Of such are the records of auroral displays, parhelions, paraselene, lunar halos, fog bows, irridescent clouds, refracted images of mountains and mirage generally.
Beneath the glamour of the magic night, the weird paraselene of the moon's phenomenon, the glow of the volcano, the noises, the men whispered of one thing only -- Gold!
A perfect paraselene is, I am convinced, an extremely rare thing, much rarer than a perfect parhelion
This morning it was calm and clear save for a light misty veil of ice crystals through which the moon shone with scarce clouded brilliancy, surrounded with bright cruciform halo and white paraselene.
All day it has been blowing hard, 30 to 60 miles an hour; it has never looked very dark overhead, but a watery cirrus has been in evidence for some time, causing well marked paraselene.
On the evening of November 11, there was a brilliant paraselene, two distinct halos and eight false moons being visible in the southern sky.
When there are two suns visible, or two moons, the real one and its duplicate, we call the mock sun a _parhelios_, and the mock moon a _paraselene_.