Before Hurricane Sandy... Across Eastern U.S. Strange Sky Phenomenon Recorded... What Could This Mean?

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 8:28pm.


NASA solar physicist David Hathaway captured the above photo in Huntsville, Alabama two days ago (October 31) after seeing the strange rings surrounding the afternoon sun. ~ Image - Video

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NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office head Bill Cooke says that he had, "never seen anything quite like it." Another onlooker, Kyle Winkleman, called it a "once-in-a-decade event."

Spaceweather writes that the extremely rare apparition was "almost certainly connected to Hurricane Sandy":

The core of the storm swept well north of Alabama, but Sandy'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.

"By my count, there are two sun dogs, a 22 degree halo, a parahelic circle, an upper tangent arc, and a parry arc," says Chris Brightwell, who also photographed the display. "It was amazing."

Here is an info graphic naming all the parts of the parhelia:

This phenomenon is called "Parhelia" — for more on that go here.




November 2, 2012 - posted at SheliaAliens


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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 8:28pm.