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Solar Halo - East Winch

The photographs shown here were taken at about 11am on Saturday 1 August 2015.

Shown is a SOLAR HALO, with the complete 360 degree visible.

The halo, which may often, more easily, be seen around the moon, is caused by the refraction and reflection of light passing through the ice crystals which make up the cloud in front of the sun.

The cloud (Cirrostratus) was about 5 - 6 miles (25,000 - 30,000ft. above the earth - about the height at which commercial airliners fly). Note that fragments of much lower cloud (Small Cumulus) are also seen in one of these photographs. These fragments have no relationship with the halo.

A more complete explanation may be seen here