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Halo (optical phenomenon) - Wikipedia
Lunar halo — with greenish northern lights on the left — as seen on the morning of October 8, , by EarthSky Facebook friend Colin Chatfield in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. View larger.
Thank you, Sean! More from Sean here. Bottom line: Halos around the sun or moon are caused by high, thin cirrus clouds drifting high above your head.
They do it by refracting and reflecting the light. Lunar halos are signs that storms are nearby. The EarthSky team has a blast bringing you daily updates on your cosmos and world. We love your photos and welcome your news tips. Earth, Space, Human World, Tonight.
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EarthSky Updates on your cosmos and world. What makes a halo around the sun or moon? Posted by EarthSky in Space June 2, A large ring or circle of light around the sun or moon is called a degree halo by scientists.
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Tweets by earthskyscience. Luis Chavarria, the head of the Astronomy program at Conicyt, a Chilean government agency responsible for coordinating, promoting and aiding scientific research, said that the rainbow ring "is produced by the existence of ice particles in very high clouds, where the temperature is very low.
You have ice crystals, which - when reflecting sunlight - create this rainbow. In remarks to the Emol Web site, Chavarria said that the rainbow appeared round, or ring-like, because "it's up high," in contrast to traditional rainbows, which form due to rainfall near the ground and are seen "horizontally" by people.