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Ring Around the Sun

By: Dennis Mammana

 

Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park - New Zealand

Date: 2012 November 23

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From New Zealand's Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park a glorious halo circled the sun over the snowcapped and cloud-shrouded mountains of the rugged Southern Alps. Such beautiful celestial displays occur when tiny ice crystals form in the Earth's upper atmosphere and refract and reflect sunlight in a ring 44 degrees across. Although this remarkable day-time image do not represent the world at night it appears on TWAN in the context of Atmospheric Optics and Phenomena Gallery. Dennismammana.com

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