What is the rainbow-like ring around the Sun?

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Offline kierae0608

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What is the rainbow-like ring around the Sun?
« on: 09/08/2011 17:27:13 »
What is the ring around the sun in the sky. (17.27 gmt)
I have images of it but they are too big to attach them to my question. there is also a circle the looks like a rainbow but its only a circle in the sky. Please explain what it could be. Thanks



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Re: What is the rainbow-like ring around the Sun?
« Reply #1 on: 09/08/2011 19:32:44 »
What is the ring around the sun in the sky. (17.27 gmt)
I have images of it but they are too big to attach them to my question. there is also a circle the looks like a rainbow but its only a circle in the sky. Please explain what it could be. Thanks

It sounds like it's probably a halo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_(optical_phenomenon)#Circular_halo

This is caused by ice crystals up in the atmosphere bending and reflecting light in the right way so that it looks like there's a circular halo around the sun.

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Re: What is the rainbow-like ring around the Sun?
« Reply #2 on: 09/08/2011 21:26:32 »
So are these rare or do they happen often