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Sun halo delights Bay Area

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

All eyes were on the sky in the Bay Area earlier this afternoon after a relatively rare rainbow halo appeared around the sun.

FOX 13 received plenty of calls and emails about the phenomenon, mostly from viewers in a line from Venice to Tampa to Orlando.

NASA scientists say the phenomenon has several names, including 22-degree halo, icebow, and gloriole. It's caused by ice in the upper atmosphere, FOX 13 chief meteorologist Paul Dellegatto explained.

"Ice crystals bend direct sunlight, projecting it elsewhere into the sky, and at a certain angle – specifically 22 degrees – a halo can be seen around the sun."

By 2 p.m., the conditions had changed enough that the halo disappeared.  But if you missed it, check out the pics from FOX 13 and our viewers here.

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