Nature speaks in magical and mysterious ways if we are willing to listen. Halos bestow a delicate beauty to our skies, created by ice crystals mingling in the clouds.
They are not a mythical planet named Nibiru or Planet X.
A sun halo is a large ring or circle of light around the sun or moon is called a 22-degree halo by scientists.
These halos are caused by both refraction, or splitting of light, and also by reflection, or glints of light from ice crystals. These halos remain the same diameter no matter what position the sun is found in the sky.
In folklore, moon rings are said to warn of approaching storms. However, they too being Planet X or Nibiru is just internet crackpot theories.
22° halos appear when the sky is covered by thin cirrus or cirrostratus clouds that often come a few days before a large storm front. However, the same clouds can also occur without any associated weather change, making a 22° halo unreliable as a sign of bad weather.
The so-called “Sun Dog Painting” (Vädersolstavlan) depicting Stockholm in 1535 and the celestial phenomenon at the time interpreted as an ominous presage
For two hours in the morning of April 20, 1535, the skies over the city were filled with white circles and arcs crossing the sky, while additional suns (i.e., sun dogs) appeared around the sun. The phenomenon quickly resulted in rumours of an omen of God’s forthcoming revenge on King Gustav Vasa (1496–1560) for having introduced Protestantism during the 1520s and for being heavy-handed with his enemies allied with the Danish king. (Wikipedia).
Sources and interesting reading
- Sun halos http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/contents.htm
- Red Sky in the Morning, Sailors Take Warning… And Other Nautical Lore Sayings http://gcaptain.com/nautical-lore-red-sky-morning-warning/
- What does the Bible say about halos. http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-halos.html
- Sun dog https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_dog