Many in Huntsville, Alabama witnessed this spectacular vision on October 30th.
Friday, November 2, 2012
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AMAZING ICE HALO DISPLAY: Yesterday, sky watchers around the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, witnessed something amazing: A complex network of luminous arcs and rings surrounded the afternoon sun. â€œIâ€™ve never seen anything quite like it,â€ says eyewitness Bill Cooke, head of NASAâ€™s Meteoroid Environment Office. Solar physicist David Hathaway snapped this picture of the display. (Image credit and copyright: David Hathaway/NASA/MSFC)
The apparition is almost certainly connected to hurricane Sandy. The core of the storm swept well north of Alabama, but Sandyâ€™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.
â€œBy my count, there are two sun dogs, a 22o halo, a parahelic circle, an upper tangent arc, and a parry arc,â€ says Chris Brightwell, who also photographed the display. â€œIt was amazing.â€
â€œVery impressive,â€ agreed onlooker Kyle Winkleman. â€œThis was a once-in-a-decade event for our area.â€
If the display really was a result of Sandy, sky watchers might not have to wait a decade for the next show. Some researchers believe that superstorms will become more common in the years ahead as a result of climate change, creating new things both terrible and beautiful to see overhead. Sky watchers in the storm zone should remain alert for the unusual.
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