What’s A Sun Halo?

Ever seen a ghostly ring around the Sun? Read what they're all about and why they form.

Ever seen a ghostly rainbow halo around the Sun?

A Sun halo is caused by the refraction, reflection, and dispersion of light through ice particles suspended within thin, wispy, high altitude cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. As light passes through these hexagon-shaped ice crystals, it is bent at a 22° angle, creating a circular halo around the Sun. The prism effect of light passing through these six-sided ice crystals also separates the light into its various color frequencies, making the halo look like a very pale rainbow, with red on the inside and blue on the outside.

Folklore tells us Sun halos can predict the weather:

A ring around the Sun or Moon
means rain or snow is coming soon.

Sundog?

Occasionally, brighter areas will form along these halos, creating a mock Sun, or “sundog.” Sundogs are known as parhelia (or the singular parhelion) to astronomers, from the Greek words meaning “beside the Sun.”

Have you ever seen a sun halo, mock sun, or other interesting sights? Share in the comments below!

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Michele

Never saw till today beautiful thanks for the information

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Heather Dougherty

This is a beautiful shot! Thank you for sharing it!

C D Allen

I have seen sun dogs for many yrs..I once saw 2 reflections making 3 suns..I was traveling east to westerly direction at time..late afternoon..I was blinded

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Michelle Thomas

I didn’t catch the sundog until I looked at the photo , first one I have ever seen . Dec . 21st at 3::00 in Bolivar , Ohio

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Teresa Nilson

Yes possibly.Is this a sun halo?

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Sandi Duncan

Wow sure looks like one! Thanks for sharing!

Christine

I have seen one twice this week

Susan

IveI’seen quite a few SUN DOGS in my lifetime. Such a cool sight to see.

Jocelyn

I capture today Dec. 5 10:30am @ Manitoba CA

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Heather Dougherty

This is a great shot! Thank you for sharing!

Bobbi CR

November 5th 9:15 am when I observed it, Parkersburg, WV

Kassandra Anderson

Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 5:59 PM in Wisconsin!

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Victoria Bee

I captured this picture this past Wednesday at 2:30 pm est time in New Hampshire!

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Roberts

It means your God chosen here on this life and you’re to shine brighter

Annette Hale

I took this in my backyard a few days ago

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Patricia

Location Venice,

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Sandi Duncan

Oh, thanks for sharing! So awesome.

Kathy

I live in Port Charlotte Florida and can see a gorilla halo around the sun. It looks like all the pictures on the internet. Today Memorial Day

Seth tressler

In North Port…I saw it too too

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Sandi Duncan

Nice shot Seth!!

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CHERYL

Saw it from Punta Gorda!!

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Sandi Duncan

What a great picture Cheryl.

Stephanie Woodard

This is a great photo

Lizzie

April 22, 2022
Delta, BC

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Stephanie Woodard

Wow so beautiful

Sandy

May 27, 2022 Surrey BC

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Jennifer Aguilar

Orosi,California
12:38 pm
J.A

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Sandi Duncan

Great shot Jennifer. Thank you for sharing.

Jenna

05/27/22 Charles Town, WV

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Sandi Duncan

Beautiful picture Jenna!

Jenna

2:30pm Charles Town, WV
05/27/22

Jennifer Aguilar

Orosi,California @12:42
J.A.J

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Brent Henry

Yesterday 05/22/22

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Bryan Stewart

sun halo, long weekend Victoria BC

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Casandra

Same one but a bit later

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Casandra

Caught my first one today! In Spain, Vacarisses.

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Stephanie

Saw this yesterday

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Lisa Christman

10:45 am ring around the sun in Santa Paula California 5/9/2022

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patrick bownes

Sun halo

Revonda Ingram

Ring around the sun in Bayahibe Dominican Republic on 4/23/22 2:30 pm

amy wood

Kansas City MO, 4/10.

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Fif

Sun Halo seen in Eastern Part of Ethiopia Today

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Dianne

Saw sun halo in Worcester, Massachusetts on 4/5/22

Bunty Singh Tanwar

I captured a halo picture in Columbia.

Clara Ines

Rainbow around the sun, March 13, 2022 12:52 p m

Clara Ines

Rainbow around the sun, march 13, 2022 12:52 p m

Samwel

Have seen one today ring around (halo) the sun. Nakuru Kenya

Terry

Saw one yesterday (Feb 15, 2022) in Indian Rocks Beach FL

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Laurel

Saw one a couple weeks ago in Charlotte North Carolina! Saw the halo and the sun dog. Amazing!!

Mindy

Sundog

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Mindy

I seen 2 in the last 5 days

Natasha

Amazing

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Natasha

Had to pull over for this Amazing Work of Art!!

Lorraine

Saw a sundog this morning with my mom in South Dakota. Very cool!?✨?❤️

Jeanne

Saw a rainbow around the sun on 12/29/21 in San Marcos Tx. So cool !! It didnt look like other photos I’ve seen of sun halos.

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Hilary Leslie

Beautiful!

Karen Kay Love

My husband and I was traveling to Phoenix Arizonia and stopped at a rest area. While being attracted to the rock mountain and decried to take a photo I look up at the sun and Wow what an AMAZING SCENE THAT TOOK MY BREATH AWAY!! The sun was surrounded with a ring around it! After reading upon it I learned it ws a HALO RING!!! It was such AN AMAZING SIGHT!!

Pamela

My Son and I were driving from Montgomery Al. To home in Fort Walton beach FL. Saturday 12/27/2021 and seen beautiful colors our from the sun and what appeared as a circle around the entire sun. We kept driving till we could get a few clear pictures and realized a circle around the sun and on the left and right side of the sun in the line of the circle it’s self were two light rainbow colored places that looked they were marking the half point of the circle.
It was beautiful to see! I was amazed and could not stop looking at it. The sun was blinding but the event it’s self was worth the tempperary discomfort to my eyes!
Pamela.

Pamela

Sun Halo amd Dogs

Edward Macdonald

Manchester, CT

Greg Hamilton

Palmer Lake, CO 11/14/21

Leslie Hughes

Dawsonville GA

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Naomi Carr

I saw this today in New Hampshire.

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Cheryl

Saw one today in Massachusetts.

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Lisa

Saw one today in Eastport Maine! Very exciting, all my grandkids saw it too.

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