Meteorologist explains halo around Sun

vlcsnap-2013-05-24-19h56m19s248This morning PLUS News observed a ring around the morning sun. We were curious as to what it was and decided to call the Meteorological Office in Ladyville to find out. Forecaster Frank Tench confirmed that what we saw was a naturally-occurring halo, a result of the sun passing through cirro-stratus clouds which are mostly composed of ice crystals. When this happens, said Tench, the rays are refracted and reflected and the result is what we saw. It is not harmful to look, so long as you do not directly watch it for too long – that can hurt your eyes.

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