Rainbow Ring Around The Sun – So What Is It?

Ring Around Sun

Halo with Cloud

At Kids Fest, I noticed the halo around the Sun; so I took a quick picture and this is what I got! I call it “Halo with Cloud.”

Also known as a 22 degree halo or a sun halo, the ring is caused by sunlight passing through ice crystals in cirrus clouds within the Earth’s atmosphere, the University of Illinois’ Weather World Project 2010 explains.

The crystals bend direct sunlight, projecting it elsewhere into the sky, and at a certain angle — you guessed it, 22 degrees — a halo can be seen around the sun.

The phenomenon is by no means limited to a specific area and is often seen around the world.


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