Solar halo over Sweden

Halos are a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting high above our heads. The clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals, which both refract (split) and also reflect sunlight.

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View larger. | Solar halo around a statue, by Fotograf Göran Strand.

Göran Strand in Sweden posted this photo of a wonderful solar halo to EarthSky Facebook this week (July 26, 2015). He wrote:

Yesterday while I was documenting the ongoing Storsjöyran [a music festival], I saw a faint solar halo that was slowly growing in strength. This statue placed in Badhusparken, Östersund, and is called the Father and Son.

Thank you, Göran!

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