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What's that ring around the sun?

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People all over southeastern North Carolina are asking, what's that ring around the sun?

It's called a halo, and it has been quite pronounced across much of the area today. A halo is an atmospheric optical phenomena that occurs when a layer of ice crystal clouds refract the suns rays into a band of various colors, similar to a rainbow.

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The phenomena is not all that uncommon, however it's not often noticed because it requires looking at or near the sun.

Do not stare directly at the sun as this can cause permanent damage to your vision.

When photographing the phenomena it is best to put an object over the sun, such as a hand to shield the bright rays, or use an object such as a lamp post as a shield.

There are various types of atmospheric optics that can occur, and halos are just one of them. For an explanation of sun dogs, halos, rainbows and arcs visit this web site.

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