Have you ever seen a snow halo formed as sunlight is refracted in millions of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the sky? The snow halo in the video above was filmed by a skier Ludvig Lundin at Vemdalen resort in central Sweden.
Daily Mail report halos are a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting 20,000 feet (four miles) or more above the ground. They are called 22 degree halos as this is the approximate radius of the ring, which can form around the sun or moon.
“That looks like an image you would imagine seeing before angels begin forming or first light up in the sky of Jordan on Christmas.” –David D. Sterling
Everyone sees their own particular halo, made by their own particular ice crystals, which are different from the ice crystals making the halo of the person standing next to you. You may notice that the inner edge is sharp, while the outer edge is more diffuse.
SNOW HALO QUICK FACTS:
- The atmospheric effect enveloped the sun with a corona known as a 22°halo
- Halos are a sign of thin cirrus clouds drifting 20,000 feet (four miles) overhead
- They form as sunlight is refracted in millions of hexagonal ice crystals
Here’s another sun halo captured over Austria: