Giant ring around the sun explained - FOX 35 News Orlando

Giant ring around the sun explained

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FOX 35 viewers sent in pictures from across Central Florida of the sun and a fascinating looking ring around it Wednesday afternoon.

NASA scientists say the phenomenon has several names, including 22-degree halo, icebow, and gloriole.

It's caused by ice in the upper atmosphere, our sister station FOX 13 chief meteorologist Paul Dellegatto explained:

"Ice crystals bend direct sunlight, projecting it elsewhere into the sky, and at a certain angle – specifically 22 degrees – a halo can be seen around the sun."

By 2 p.m., the conditions had changed enough that the halo disappeared. 

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