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A rare solar halo display

Strange sighting is caught on a smartphone camera.
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While my wife, Deborah, and I were traveling in Nepal, our housekeeper, Shirley Shebadieta, was at our house in Maun, Botswana, capturing an unusual optical phenomenon with her smartphone on October 24, 2018. Shirley was outside hanging clothes when she noticed clouds approaching and then covering the Sun, producing a stunning array of odd-radius halo arcs (pictured at right).

Shirley said she was impressed with the intensity of the darkness within the circle, saying that at times it looked like an approaching storm. Shirley’s best images show a series of three equally spaced (or near-equally spaced) halo arcs well above the Sun and two arcs well below, with another 9°-wide halo centered on the Sun.

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