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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Amazing Sight

I am a witness of a miracle that only happens once in a while. And this one was pretty cool.

So what is it?

It is the ring around the sun. We saw it down in Orlando on one of first days. 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.

While the beautiful sight may complement the springtime weather, the sun halo is not limited to a certain season and can happen anytime, anywhere, depending on the viewer’s vantage point and the sun’s position. However, the occasional sighting — similar to a rainbow — is more common in the fall, winter and spring ”when the northern jet stream descends southward, drawing down Arctic air masses,” according to NASA.

In case you are not one of the fortunate ones to view this, here is a picture of it. Enjoy!




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