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Coloured Solar Halos

Nature volume 13, page 466 | Download Citation



IN the interesting letters of Drs. Schuster and Frankland I note some remarks on the rarity of the apparition of complete halos about the sun in this country. Had I read these remarks some six years ago I should have passed them by without surprise. It so happened, however, that my attention was drawn to the subject of halos, coronas, &c., by Kämtz's “Lehrbuch der Meteorologie” about the year 1869, and I at once began to examine the sky near the sun every fine day, and note down any appearance of halos, fringes, &c. When I began, my impression was that I should rarely see the solar halo seeing that it had escaped me for several year. However, I soon found out my mistake, and the subjoined list, compiled from the observatory note-books, gives the number seen each month in 1874 and 1875. No doubt, several escaped my vigilance in some months and a few in others. The figures, at any rate, show that the phenomenon is by no means rare.

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