Hope and Faith Halo

October 12, 2008

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Photographer: David Tiller
Summary Author: David Tiller, Jim Foster

The photo above showing a classic 22 degree halo was captured in Nashua, New Hampshire on May 12, 2006. I was visiting St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Nashua and could tell by the look of the sky and clouds that a halo or arc of some kind might occur. Not long afterwards, I noticed this halo, which I framed using the statues of the angels Hope and Faith at the cemetery entrance. Halos are produced when sunlight interacts with randomly oriented, pencil-shaped ice crystals in cirrus type clouds. As with the case with most all 22 degree halos, the inner edge of this halo is quite sharp and reddish in color.