An Angelic Sun.

Some friends of mine went to view the 45 second solar eclipse in Africa this past week. If they stayed long enough they should have also seen a spectacular halo around the Sun.

A solar halo seen over Klerksdorp, South Africa on Nov. 6, 2013. Credit:  Daniël Engelbrecht

 

In order for a Sun halo to form, the atmospheric conditions have to be just right, which makes them impossible to predict their occurrence.

Sometimes the halos surround the Sun completely, other times, they appear as arcs around the Sun creating what is known as sundogs (parhelion).

Ice crystals in Earth’s atmosphere can also cause rings around the Moon, and moondogs (as well as sundogs) and even Venus pillars.

You stand a much better chance of seeing zodiacal light around sunset.

Sun pillars can also be seen at sunset.

PLEASE DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITHOUT PROPER PROTECTION.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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