Sun halo, Antarctica

Sun halo, Antarctica

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Credit: KARIM AGABI/EURELIOS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sun halo, over a signpost at Concordia Station, a research base in Antarctica. The base buildings are in the background. A sun halo occurs when sunlight is refracted by ice crystals high up in the air. The light is most commonly refracted at an angle of 22 degrees, creating a ring that is 44 degrees in diameter (its angular size on the sky). Concordia Station was completed in 2005. It is over 1000 kilometres inland, high on the Antarctic plateau at an altitude of 3233 metres, at the location called Dome C. It is jointly operated and run by France and Italy. The location is used for meteorological, astronomical, and glaciological research. Photographed soon after construction was completed, during the first winter at the base.

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