The halos we think are magnificent are not the kind that comes in a box – think Halo 3 – but the ring of light that can be seen encircling and extending outwards from the sun or moon. The halo is created ( I love this word) when the sun or moonlight is refracted when passing through ice crystals. There are two types -a 22 degree halo which is created via randomly falling ice crystals and 46 degree halo which is a refraction of light through hexagonal column-type ice crystals. And, all that by chance, mind you…..NOT!
Halos are not a weather illusion. They are an optical phenomenon. Halo formation depends on ice crystals that are found in the upper layers of cirrus clouds, provided the atmosphere is not filled with pollutants.
The size and color of halos is determined by:
1. the inclination or course of the ice crystals,
2. the reflective property of the ice crystals,
3. the angle of the source of light
4. the law of aeromechanics.
There have been some 60 forms of halo identified till now.
A halo can be either colorful or white, but they are always stunning.
Now if game makers like Halo 3 could create a game where users could make things as magnificent as these images, they’d really have something, no?