Wednesday, July 06, 2011

New York: The Halo Around The Sun...

Snapped these pics w/my Blackberry this afternoon on West 53rd Street behind the Roseland Ballroom (click to enlarge):

While the "ring" around the sun is no doubt a photographic effect, I was more interested in the "lower" halo, like a rounded rainbow, seen most clearly above the right hand building, between the building on the left.  One can seemingly see a series of halos closer to the sun itself, I'm not sure if that was an atmospheric or photographic effect.

Halos, I believe, are a phenomenon created by the passing of light throught ice crystals some 20,000+ feet up in the atmosphere.  According to NASA, a daytime sun halo means the presence of ice crystals of "an exceptional gem-like quality".

I'll take that as a positive portent, especially over New York City....

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