22 degree halo
Science and Technology > Miscellaneous > Cosmology
Why in news?
- A 22 degree halo was recently seen in Bengaluru.
About the Halo:
- A 22° halo is an optical phenomenon that belongs to the family of ice-crystal halos.
- Its form is a ring with an apparent radius of approximately 22° around the Sun or Moon.
- When visible around the Moon, it is called a moon ring or winter halo.
- It forms as direct sunlight or moonlight is refracted in millions of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.
- The halo appears large; its radius is roughly the length of an outstretched hand at arm's length.
- A 22° halo may be visible on as many as 100 days per year – much more frequently than rainbows.
Consider the following statements regarding 22 degree halos:
1.It is a celestial phenomenon seen only in the north or south poles.
2.It is caused by presence of ice crystals in the atmosphere.
Which among the above statements is/are correct?
(c)Both 1 and 2
(d)Neither 1 nor 2
Answer to prelims question