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Ski photographer captures beautiful ‘ice halo’ around the sun over the Swiss Alps

Ski photographer captures beautiful ‘ice halo’ around the sun formed by frozen water crystals in the sky above the Swiss Alps

  • Michael Schneider made a stunning picture the moment ice crystals froze in the air
  • The event formed a 22 ° halo that occurs when light interacts with ice crystals suspended in the air
  • The photo was taken with a simple iPhone 11 while he was skiing in Hörnligrat in the Swiss Alps

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A photographer captured an angelic display while skiing over the Hörnligrat mountain in the Swiss Alps.

With only an iPhone 11, Michael Schneider a stunning picture broke the moment ice crystals froze in the air, creating a perfect ‘halo’ around the sun.

The optical phenomenon, which is actually known as a 22 ° halo, occurs when light interacts with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.

Geophysicist Mika McKinnon told Fox news: “The crystals can be high in cirrus clouds, or closer to the ground as diamond dust or ice fog.”

“Just as raindrops spread light in rainbows, ice crystals can reflect and break light, and act as mirrors or prisms, depending on the shape of the crystal and the angle of incidence of light.”

Schneider said he was skiing over the mountain when he looked back to the top of the mountain and saw the astonishing event.

With only one iPhone 11, Michael Schneider made a stunning picture when ice crystals froze in the air, creating a perfect 'halo' around the sun. The optical phenomenon, which is actually known as a 22 ° halo, occurs when light interacts with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere

With only one iPhone 11, Michael Schneider made a stunning picture when ice crystals froze in the air, creating a perfect ‘halo’ around the sun. The optical phenomenon, which is actually known as a 22 ° halo, occurs when light interacts with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere

“I soon realized that a halo was developing in the background lighting of the sun, initially very inconspicuously until this light phenomenon increased incredibly,” Schneider said in comments from SWNS.

“I was fascinated by the two rings around the sun and the many light reflections.”

The photo was taken in November 2019 at around 11 a.m. on the Hörnligrat, the mountain station of the Hörnli-Express and Urdenbahn cable cars.

“The sun was struggling through the last snow clouds for about an hour,” Schneider explained on his blog.

The 22 ° arc is one of the most common ice halos. It forms a circle around a light source that subtles a full 22, which is approximately the distance traveled by your fully outstretched hand, thumb on the sun to little finger on the halo

The 22 ° arc is one of the most common ice halos. It forms a circle around a light source that subtles a full 22, which is approximately the distance traveled by your fully outstretched hand, thumb on the sun to little finger on the halo

The 22 ° arc is one of the most common ice halos. It forms a circle around a light source that subtles a full 22, which is approximately the distance traveled by your fully outstretched hand, thumb on the sun to little finger on the halo

“The temperature was -7 degrees. I waited here for my colleague with whom I had agreed to go skiing. “

‘I used the time to capture the beautiful lighting moods with my smartphone.

“This suited because I bought a smartphone with new camera technology a few days ago, so I could test it a bit.”

The 22 ° arc is one of the most common ice halos.

It forms a circle around a light source that subtles a full 22, which is about the distance covered by your fully outstretched hand, thumb on the sun to little finger on the halo, Gizmodo reported.

There are cases where only a part of the halo is visible and others form a full circle.

The inner edge is sometimes red and the outer edge is usually white.

. Most of the light is deflected to around 22 °, creating a clear inner edge, but some light is deflected to 50 °, blurring the outer edge of the halo.

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