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Scientists call them 22-degree halos, because the shining ring around the sun (or moon) has a radius of approximately 22 degrees.
Scientists call them 22-degree halos, because their radius is approximately 22 degrees from the sun. This one was seen over Africa, whose mythology about sun halos matches North American skylore.
Halos around the sun or moon aren't uncommon, but this is a really special one. Thanks to Martin Male, who captured it from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.
The sun is casting shadows of an aircraft contrail downwards onto thin cirrus haze layers below. Higher above, ice crystals in cirrus clouds have created a 22-degree halo around the sun.
Winter still lingers on Cape Breton Island, Canada. Photo by Kris Tynski.
Walter Elliot captured this enormous sun halo over Grand Haven, Michigan on February 16, 2017.
Fiona M. Donnelly captured this beautiful sun halo on February 1, 2017 in Smiths Falls, Ontario.
Rima Biswas in Baltimore, Maryland, captured the December sun with two sun dogs and a luminous halo.
High, thin cirrus clouds create halos around the sun or moon. This one is over Antarctica, at a time when the sun is shining 24 hours a day.
Angélica Guevara captured this sun halo on May 29 near Laredo, Texas.
A sun halo, taken by our friend NongNoo Phoorithewet yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand.
A ring or circle of light around the sun or moon is called a halo by scientists. They're a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting above our heads.
Here are two solar halos spotted over separate parts of Canada, at different times of day, yesterday.
A large ring or circle of light around the sun or moon is called a 22-degree halo by scientists.
Ski resorts are the best places to see fine halo displays, like this one. Why so beautiful and why so sparkly? Details here.
Composite image of a halo around the sun and, within 10 hours, a nearly full moon.
We get many messages throughout each year from people who’ve just spotted a halo, or ring, around the sun or moon.
Solar halo seen in Indianapolis, Indiana by Jolynn Keutzer Bales. Thank you Jolynn!
Corona around the sun, caused by thin clouds in front of the sun, or perhaps pollen, after the devastating Marshall Fire in Boulder County, early January 2022.
Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona, took an incredibly rare moon halo photo during the partial lunar eclipse on November 19, 2021.