A photographer called Michael Schneiderusing captured a stunning image of the moment ice crystals froze midair, creating a ‘halo’ around the sun.
He captured the display using just an iPhone 11, while skiing down the Hörnligrat Mountain in the Swiss Alps.
The optical phenomenon, which is actually known as a 22° halo, occurs when light interacts with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.
The crystals can form high up in cirrus clouds, or close to the ground.
‘Just like raindrops scatter light into rainbows, the crystals of ice can reflect and refract light, acting as mirrors or prisms depending on the shape of the crystal and the incident angle of the light.’
Schneider said he was skiing down the mount when he looked behind towards the top of the mountain and saw the stunning event forming.
‘I quickly realized that a halo was developing in the backlight to the Sun, initially very inconspicuous until this light phenomenon increased incredibly,’ Schneider said in comments obtained by SWNS.
The image was taken in November 2019 around 11AM on the Hörnligrat, the mountain station.