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Rare phenomenon spotted in Hyderabad’s sky, Pictures of ‘Sun Halo’ go viral

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Hyderabad: The residents of Hyderabad were in a surprise for today they observed a rare natural phenomenon in the sky of the city during the afternoon hours when a rare 22 degree circular Sun halo caught everyone’s attention. The Sun halo is a rainbow-coloured ring around the Sun.

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This optical phenomenon occurs when the sunlight gets refracted in millions of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.

To watch this majestic celestial phenomenon, Hyderabadis stepped out into their balconies and rooftops and clicked stunning pictures of the Sun halo. The pictures of the Sun halo in Hyderabad went viral on social media in no time. Take a look:

One user said, “Mesmerized by Sun Halo in #Hyderabad ”

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The spectacular optical phenomenon was also witnessed by Bengaluru residents last week, on May 24. It was seen from around 11 am and lasted for about an hour.

What does a Sun halo mean?

The rainbow-coloured circular ring around the Sun is also called ’22-degree halo’ because of its radius around the Sun. The radius of a halo is roughly the length of an outstretched hand at arm’s length. A 22 degree halo may be visible on as many as 100 days per year – much more frequently than rainbows.

There is also a moon halo, which is seen around the Moon and is called a winter halo or moon ring. It is said that the moon rings are said to warn of approaching storms.

Halos can be seen in any season and at any time of the year. However, they are uncommon in India.

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