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New year on the horizon


January 7, 2019

Aaron Anfinson

A view of the sun halo at dawn

A quick cold snap on New Year's Eve Day yielded an atmospheric phenomenon technically named parhelia, or a sun halo. Also known as an icebow, nimbus or gloriole, sun halos occur when hexagonal ice crystals suspended in cirrostratus clouds refract sunlight to create a 22 degree arc around the sun.

Unlike the more commonly sighted sundogs, which generally are visible only when the sun is near the horizon, a halo remains visible as the Sun rises in the sky.

Aaron Anfinson captured this majestic photo at dawn on Dec. 31 as he and his wife Nadia Al-Dayel tended to the animals on the Adnan and...

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