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Beautiful solar halo over a building named for a star

The building is a hot water storage tank – containing 26,000,000 liters of water – in Östersund, Sweden. It’s named for the star Arcturus in the constellation Bootes.

View larger. | Astrophotographer Göran Strand? capture this strong solar halo over Östersund, Sweden in May 2014.  Visit Fotograf Göran Strand? on Facebook.

View larger. | Astrophotographer Göran Strand captured this strong solar halo over Östersund, Sweden in May 2014. Visit Fotograf Göran Strand on Facebook.

Astrophotographer Göran Strand wrote on May 19:

A couple of days ago another strong an beautiful solar halo was visible here over Östersund. I went to a large building called Arctura (named after the star Arcturus) to capture this halo. Arctura is a hot water storage tank and it’s 65 meters high, has a diameter of 27 meters and contains 26,000,000 liters of water. At the top of Arctura is a restaurant and during this day, their guests should have had a nice view over Östersund with this halo.

Thank you, Göran Strand!

Sky alert! Possible new meteor shower Friday night and Saturday morning!

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