Halo Phenomenon Occurs in British Skies. PHOTO/ Daily
LONDON – A rare phenomenon occurred in the sky and confused British citizens when they saw a bright ring around the Moon.
As reported by the Daily Express, the strange incident occurred last Saturday. This phenomenon, also called Halo, is caused by the refraction of Moonlight by ice crystals that form in the atmosphere in winter.
This phenomenon can be seen in various places in England including Surrey, Kent and Derbyshire. People took to social media to share images of the halo.
Briton Greg McPhillips, 60, said: “This phenomenon is quite mystical. It makes me wonder how people who lived hundreds of years ago would have reacted to seeing this happen.”
Another resident, Helen Challand, 42, from Buxton, Derbyshire said: “I went out at night to see the aurora (bright lights) and saw the Moon had a beautiful halo around it and (the planet) Jupiter was next to it.”
The halo phenomenon is an optical phenomenon in the form of a circle of light surrounding the sun or moon. This phenomenon occurs because sunlight or moonlight is refracted by ice crystals or water vapor in the atmosphere.
The cause of the halo phenomenon is the presence of ice crystals or water vapor in the atmosphere in the form of rods or prisms. These ice crystals or water vapor can be in cirrus clouds, cirrostratus clouds, or altostratus clouds.
Sun or moon light passing through ice crystals or water vapor will be refracted in another direction. This refraction will produce a white or colorful circle of light.