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Fraser
2010-Nov-01, 11:40 PM
Residents around Johannesburg, South Africa were treated with a rare astronomical sight — a halo around the Sun. These halos are striking to see, but unlike an eclipse, they can’t be predicted. Conditions in the atmosphere have to be just right, with moisture or ice crystals creating a “rainbow” effect around the Sun. Sometimes the [...]

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Swift
2010-Nov-02, 01:51 PM
Residents around Johannesburg, South Africa were treated with a rare astronomical (or actually atmospheric) sight — a halo around the Sun. These halos are striking to see, but unlike an eclipse, they can’t be predicted.
Nice photos, but I would somewhat disagree that they are rare (except maybe they are rare in South Africa). I probably see a full halos once or twice a year, and see sundogs and arcs at least a dozen times a year. Eclipses are much more rare.