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Solar Halo


WE were favoured here on the 16th inst. with a view of a rather unusual phenomenon. Shortly after 8 a.m., the sky being for the most part clear with detached masses of fleecy clouds towards the south, two mock suns appeared, one to the west very brilliant, the other rather fainter, and of a crimson shade at times. The halo was visible for a little distance near the western one, which, with the bar of light from the sun extending along the bank of cloud beyond, formed a perfect cross. They gradually waned, the eastern one, however, becoming once or twice more brilliant, till a little after 10, when the sky grew overcast and they disappeared.

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