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Rare Photo of Ice Halos Captured in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

A blacked-out New York City wasn’t the only rare photo op that Hurricane Sandy left in her wake. NASA solar physicist David Hathaway captured the above photo in Huntsville, Alabama two days ago after seeing the strange rings surrounding the afternoon sun.

NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office head Bill Cooke says that he had, “never seen anything quite like it.” Another onlooker, Kyle Winkleman, called it a “once-in-a-decade event.”

Spaceweather writes that the extremely rare apparition was “almost certainly connected to Hurricane Sandy”:

The core of the storm swept well north of Alabama, but Sandy’s outer bands did pass over the area, leaving behind a thin haze of ice crystals in cirrus clouds. Sunlight shining through the crystals produced an unusually rich variety of ice halos.

“By my count, there are two sun dogs, a 22o halo, a parahelic circle, an upper tangent arc, and a parry arc,” says Chris Brightwell, who also photographed the display. “It was amazing.”

We shared some other photographs of “sundogs” last year. You can learn more about the phenomenon, which has the scientific name “parhelion”, over on Wikipedia.

Amazing Ice Halo Display [Spaceweather via Imaging Resource]


Image credit: Photograph by David Hathaway/NASA/MSFC


 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1526289589 Matthew Rakola

    all i see is “dirty sensor”.

  • none

    Does this prove the existence of God?

  • z

    no.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.neumann Matthew Neumann

    Just looks like a bunch of nasty lens flare, and yea…dirty sensor. Hard to tell what we’re even looking at here?

  • me

    Fuji X10 orbs?

  • Robert Callahan

    I live in Huntsville and actually have a picture that is very similar to this one. My wife and I were out and she noticed it first. It really was gorgeous and awe inspiring…and yes, it looked like lens flare in the sky, which was actually my first remark about it.

  • Daniel Vallelunga

    I had the same effect when I put a 7-11 Slurpee lid over my lens (I was bored, alright!).

  • Dave

    It doesn’t have anything to do with the Sandy for Gods sake! Stop thinking that everything in this world is related to scientifically unproved and politically motivated media hysteria called global “warming” (which is actually cooling according to non-corporate-sponsored-science-sources).
    Learn more about multidimensional physics & mathematics!

  • Mike

    Read the comments. Most are so idiotic. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

  • Jake

    Amazingly symmetrical dirt then! :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/russcatalano Russ Catalano

    Global warming? You mean the hot gas out of the GOP’s mouths? Lets ask Michele Bachmann “The big thing we are working on now is the global warming hoax. It’s all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1526289589 Matthew Rakola

    no, there’s dust on the center about an inch above the sun.

  • Haloer

    A 22 and 46 degree halos, dpuble parhelia, zenith and horizontal rings, par and suntower. Nice but not rare.

  • CVSoft

    “By my count, there are two sun dogs, a 22o halo, a parahelic circle, an
    upper tangent arc, and a parry arc,” says Chris Brightwell, who also
    photographed the display. “It was amazing.”

    I also count the three Lowitz arcs, a 46 degree halo, a supralateral arc, two Tape arcs, and an unusually bright helic arc.There was probably more behind the camera too.