Ring around the sunJune 23rd, 2012 at 10:39 pm by Tara Hastings under Weather
This weekend’s weather has been beautiful not only because of the temperatures, sunshine and low humidity but because what was in the sky this afternoon. Trent Buehler was at his sun’s baseball game in Dayton around 2pm when he looked up in the sky and saw a beautiful rainbow around the sun. He snapped this photo and used our report it feature to send us the image.
Trent Buehler – Dayton
This “ring around the sun” is called a sun halo. It occurs when light is refracted from ice crystals. High in the sky this afternoon we had cirrus clouds which are made up of tiny ice crystals. These clouds were one of the reasons we had a beautiful ring around the sun.
Janice Kilian – Bellbrook
I remember several months ago there was a similar sight in Dayton but instead of a ring around the sun there was a ring around the moon. The same principles apply.
In order to get a great shot of these halos you have to find something to block out the bright spot (sun or moon). In these photos the clouds were used. I have seen other photos where a building or tree blocked the main light so you could see the ring.
In case you saw this same thing today now you know what it was.