Ice rainbow – sun’s light through Cirrus clouds

Ice rainbow – sun’s light through Cirrus clouds

October 27, 2010

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.

By | 2012-11-21T17:38:20+00:00 Oct 27, 2010|Categories: Astronomy, Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , , |


  1. thepetalpusher 2010/10/27 at 5:04 am - Reply

    amazing shot–was this taken from a plane by any chance?

    • alpha 2010/10/27 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you for the comment.
      It was taken from the ground

  2. niki51 2010/10/29 at 1:25 am - Reply

    amazing photograph, what a landscape!!!

  3. colin 2016/08/07 at 9:46 am - Reply

    you have chemtrails

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