What Are the Rings Around the Sun?

Are there really rings around the sun like the planet Saturn? When a person stares at the sky, sometimes they see a ring around the sun. But most people haven’t seen those rings before. The rings that encircle the sun make people curious of what causes it to appear and disappear all of a sudden. Why is it not constantly there? What are those rings made up of and what is its significance?

The sun does not have any rings. If one looks through a telescope and observes it, there are no such rings like those found in other planets. The rings around the sun that some have observed are called halos. What causes those halos? A cloud called cirrostratus is made up of ice crystals. These ice crystals that are suspended on the cirrostratus clouds are hexagonal in shape. Of course its shape can only be seen using a microscope. The sun’s light passes through these crystals and it will disperse the light and act like a prism.

The halos have different sizes. The most commonly seen is the 22-degrees radius. There are instances though that a ring as big as 46-degrees radius sometimes appear. It also has different colours. The white one is most observed but there are also red, blue and rainbow colour. It is believed that the colour radiating from the halos depends on how it is deflected by the crystals.

The rings around the sun were used before to predict the weather. When a ring or halo is seen around the sun and even the moon, it may indicate that rain or snow will be coming soon. It may not be very accurate because other factors also affect the weather but it can sure give one an idea. Just be careful when staring at the halos. It may look interesting but looking at it direct might damage ones eyes.

  • Brian

    I have never seen this in my life untill now twice in 1mth amazing to see { seen in Cote D,Iviore ]

  • http://be.net/CharlesKenLochan Ken

    I have some pictures of the Sun Halo on April 14, 2012 (12:49hrs) from Trinidad. Anyone interested?


    Today in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu(3/8/2012 i saw a ring around the sun in the after noon which lasted almost two hours

  • lacey

    today in illinios…..then over ther winter i saw a ring around the moon! that was really awesome!


    Halo “Sun Dog” rainbow colored, Florissant, Missouri June 23, 2012. It lasted almost an hour.

  • Illinois

    There’s one visible in Illinois today

  • JOE

    June 21 2012 Northwestern Montana. The sun had a very large rainbow ring around it and the contents with in it was much darker than the sky outside of it. Quite interesting.

  • Merc

    St. Paul Island AK. Neat halo around the sun today. Sky mostly clear w/few cirrus clouds noted during day. Otherwise in the low to mid 50Fs and beautiful day with slight wind out of WSW.

  • Renee

    Beautiful Rainbow halo around the sun in Ephraim,WI, June 11,2012. So GORGEOUS!!!

  • sonia

    there was a beautiful big halo yesterday morning here in Miami. First time I see one was amazing. I wonder why it is happening frecuently.

  • harry potter

    it happened here in british columbia canada on june 5th. pree cool/

  • Albersoto@yahoo.com

    Big HALO in miami today it looked like heaven thank you GOD

  • Karen

    Ft Myers beach June 4 2012
    beautiful halo around the sun today

  • hannah

    There is a halo today 6-4-2012 in port charlotte florida

  • Melisa Ayala

    Halo seen in San Pedro ambergris caye Belize too.



  • rani

    beautiful rainbow halo around sun visible today in sydney, australia 14.03.2012! This is my first sighting of a sun halo. I think it is beautiful and wonderous to behold. Amazing!