Breathtaking photo shows full moon forming sixth Olympic ring in stunning display over London skyline


PUBLISHED: 23:59 EST, 4 August 2012 UPDATED: 01:56 EST, 5 August 2012


A photographer’s perfectly timed snap captured the full moon forming a sixth ring in the Olympic display on London’s Tower Bridge.

The masterpiece was captured by Reuters photographer Luke MacGregor and quickly made the rounds online, with ‘Tower Bridge’ becoming a top trending item on Twitter. 

The perfectly aligned composition graced London’s skyline Friday night, on the bridge over the River Thames.

Olympic rings, full moon

The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge during the London 2012 Olympic Games


Many praised the magnificent picture on Twitter, calling it ‘epic’ and a ‘must see.’

But others couldn’t resist joking about the unsanctioned modification by nature of the logo, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) went to painstaking efforts to prevent the unlicensed use of its brand by local retailers.

‘Moon taken to court by IOC for violating Olympic brand ban,’ one Twitter user quipped.


The official Twitter account for the IOC did not tweet in response to the lunar insertion into the organization’s trademarked logo. 

The five interlocking rings represent the five parts of the world involved in the global games.

The symbol was designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games.


Full moon, Tower Bridge

The moon rises over London town: A glimpse of the moon ascending over the London skyline


Olympic Games photo

The Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge, near the HMS Belfast museum warship

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