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A Sun Halo is something that is not seen too often but is very cool to see. I stepped out to take out the dogs and noticed an odd ring around the sun. Very cool looking!
I got some cool pics...awesome looking phenom.
There has been a lot of little flares rattling the son over the last three hours or so. I wonder if it is related. There was a lot of flares, actually a whole face eruption, a few years ago and it made a very pronounced ring around the sun. Took them months to tell us about that one, my daughter called and told me to look at it. My son-in-law had called her, the construction crew he was on was all looking at it.
Sundogs, parhelia, are formed by plate crystals high in the cirrus clouds that occur world-wide. In cold climates the plates can also be in ground level as diamond dust.
halos are a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting 20,000 feet or more above our heads.
These clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals. The halos you see are caused by both refraction, or splitting of light, and also by reflection, or glints of light from these ice crystals. The crystals have to be oriented and positioned just so with respect to your eye, in order for the halo to appear.
This is one from the phone...I cannot get to my Nikon yet...I am doing some time lapse...
Sun dogs occur closer to the horizon...