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Anybody know what this is?

Discussion in 'Astrophotography' started by DynaSport, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    In the sky today. Was there a couple of hours and then went away. I've never seen anything like this before.

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  2. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    In America, we call them rainbows:wink:
     
  3. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    A perfect circle around the sun, when it hasn't rained? But that is kind of what it looks like in the photos. It was harder to see that it had colors in it with the eyes looking into the sun.
     
  4. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
  5. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    Its just moisture in the air :smile:. There is even an old saying... something like "ring around the sun or moon, you can expect rain soon". And its often accurate, so roll up your car windows!
     
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  6. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    Thanks guys!
     
  7. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror!

    941
    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    Clint
    We usually get those in the winter time, caused by tiny ice crystals in the air...I heard them referred to a Sun Dogs...What was the temperature outside?
     
  8. I believe it is a Solar Glory.

    atmospheric optical phenomenon - "Glory"
    www.weather.gov.hk/education/edu06nature/ele_glory1106_e.htm
    "Glory" is a set of small luminous rings of different colours appearing around the ... [Note: The four technical terms including "solar point", "anthelic point", ...
     
  9. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    632
    Jan 4, 2014
    I'm pretty sure it's the sun, but since I haven't seen it much for so long, it's hard to tell.
     
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  10. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
    Upper 70s low 80s I think.
     
  11. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 5, 2013
    Dan
  12. marcr1230

    marcr1230 Mu-43 Regular

    149
    Nov 28, 2013
    I also understand this as high altitude ice crystals - I've seen this around the moon also at times
     
  13. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    Do you mean the halo? They are certainly more common around the moon but I can't imagine why they aren't almost as common around the sun. It may just be too bright to see around the sun. As someone else already mentioned it could also be considered a rainbow, but rainbows are usually only semicircular, same thing though.