These magnificent rare Ice halo arcs captured in the sky on the morning of January 9, in Red River, New Mexico, by Joshua Thomas.
Image © Joshua Thomas
The U.S. National Weather Service in Amarillo, Texas posted this photo of the Ice halo on its Facebook page this weekend.
A halo (from Greek ἅλως, halōs; also known as a nimbus, icebow or gloriole) is an optical phenomenon produced by light interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere, resulting in a wide variety of colored or white rings, arcs and spots in the sky. Many halos are near the Sun or Moon, but others occur elsewhere or even in the opposite part of the sky. Among the most well known halo types are the circular halo (properly called the 22° halo), light pillars and sun dogs, but there are many more; some of them fairly common, others (extremely) rare.