Known to weather officials call a ’22 degrees halo’ because of its circular formation at 22°, Reyaz is one of the few to have captured one of these rare sights on camera. Image credit Reyaz Limalia
Photographer Reyaz Limalia, spotted the rare sight while driving near Birdlip, Gloucestershire.
The optical phenomenon is an an ice-halo -sun halo- formed by plate shaped ice crystals in atmospheric clouds, known as Cirrus.
The halo is formed by sunlight entering horizontally-oriented flat hexagon ice crystals through a vertical side face (at 22 degrees) and leaving through the near horizontal bottom face.