“There is no better designer than nature.” Alexander McQueen
Each time I find something new or unique in nature, I think of the above quote.
I am one of those people who will pull over alongside of the road to take a photo of whatever interests me. I can’t help it, I love photographing anything I want to research or learn more about especially when the phenomenon involves nature. Today was no different.
The sun was shining brightly but as I drove around. I noticed a ring around the sun in the form of a rainbow. I was instantly intrigued. Of course, I did not have my good camera with me. But I had my little pocket camera that goes everywhere with me. I pulled off the side of the road and snapped a few photos.
I figured there had to be a formal name for what I witnessed, so I started researching this evening. The ring forming around the sun is known as a 22˚ degree halo or sun halo. Basically, the ring forms around the sun when sunlight passes through ice crystals in the clouds. And, yes the temperature has to be 22˚ degrees.
The bright spots on the side have another name. “At the points on the 22° halo which are on a horizontal line with the sun, the arc commonly broadens to two bright spots”, the phenomena is known as a sun dog (HyperPhysics, n.d.). I had never seen one of these before today. In fact, my mother was with me and she stated the same fact.
HyperPhyics (n.d). The 22˚halo. Retrieved from: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/atmos/halo22.html