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A 22° Halo

While an ice reing around the sun sounds like an oxymoron to me, it probably isn’t something that would prompt me to call the police.One of the most common ones is called a 22° halo. They get this name because the ring is located 22 degrees away from the Sun itself.

Goldsmith said he received calls from a police department asking about the dangers of the effect. He emphasized it is nothing be alarmed about, and explained that it actually occurs more frequently in other parts of the United States.

the enigmatic ring seen around the sun above South Texas on Wednesday is due to ice crystals in the upper atmosphere.Browne said the hexagonal-shaped ice crystals refract the sun’s light, causing a halo.


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