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Pictures Of A Sun Halo Around The Sun on June 26, 2011

Does anyone know what’s going on?

This is what the sun looks like from outside my house in Beaverton, Oregon. It’s hard to look at but you can see the halo around it clear as day. Someone else has to have noticed it too.

what is this ring around the sun

Original picture on different D90 setting.

I have no idea what is going on but while at the park this afternoon we discovered a halo around the sun. I wanted to ask you all to go outside and tell me what your sun looks like. Take a picture and post about it on your blog and link it to this post if you could.

Original picture on Nikon D90.

Original picture on Nikon D90.

Rainbow halo sunspot on June 26, 2011

Another view from the park.

We are curious if anyone else witnessed this phenomenon. I will add your links below.

When we were at the park today we noticed a halo around the sun in the reflection of the car. Del thought it was maybe just a glare from the car, so we paid it no mind. After walking back to the care we saw a battle in the sky between a hawk and a squadron of ravens.

Edited for light.

As we were watching them, I noticed the large ring, which explained the window thing. We snapped some pictures and here are the originals and some edited to try and bring out the halo. Only edits was lighting adjustments just to bring out the detail, hard to capture a picture looking directly at the sun.

Edited in Photoshop to bring out rings.


  1. faith on November 29, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Also, This is the FIRST pic I came to the web and chose a similar event. It syncs out too! How miraculous is that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. faith on November 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Saw one in June of 2000 in Oregon myself. I’ve only seen a few of these in my life. I also saw one int he coastal area in cali several years ago. Similar to your pic. Beautiful!

  3. Tina on August 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Eek! This is scary to see!! I hear so many stories of not pointing your camera directly at the sun!! lol. BUT it was worth it, these are definitely pretty cool….

  4. courtney on July 17, 2011 at 7:33 am

    wow! I wish I had someone like you to help me take great pics like this!

  5. Wendy T on July 3, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Whoa! I think that is very, very cool.

    My late daughter’s mantra was “breathe in the light and blow out the darkness”. So had I seen it, I would have taken the light as a sign from her.

    But that’s just how I roll 🙂

  6. CrAzY Working Mom on June 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Very cool pictures. I’ve seen this before and wondered what it was. It was on the news that night. I’ve seen them around the moon before as well.

  7. Kasey on June 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    That’s really cool looking! I think it might freak me out a little. makes me want to get myself a better camera so I can better capture things like that, but I think I am better off looking at your pics…

  8. kristin on June 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Rain is on the way indeed. Weird anomaly.

  9. Mama Spaghetti on June 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    No halo here in NV. That’s cool, though. I wonder if it’s what the other commenters said – signaling rain.

  10. Cat Davis on June 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    That’s neat! I had to google it to see what causes it and saw it said those usually indicate rain is on the way.

  11. Del on June 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    That sounds likely. Its now cloudy and cooling down so its cool up there.

  12. Joanna on June 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I think it’s a rainbow around the sun. We had one a couple of years ago here. Something to do with the ice crystals in the air, or at least that is what I think the meteorologist said.