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Friday, August 3, 2012

Disc around the Sun

Around 11.00 am this morning at Coimbatore there appeared a large round disc around the sun which lasted around two hours.Several theories were abounding in the neighborhood. One theory was this a unique phenomenon  happens nonce in 100 years. Another rumor was that a great disaster is about to happen to the world. A third rumor that was floating was that a great man is about to die.On quickly looking up the Wikipedia I learned that this a unique optical phenomenon produced by ice crystals creating colored or white arcs and spots in the sky. I quickly rushed home to get my camera and was able to take a few shots of this rare spectacle which I have never witnessed before.This lasted for around 90 minutes and then the ring slowly dissipated. I am unable to explain the blue spots in the images - maybe a refraction from the camera lens.I think I was very very fortunate to see this glorious image in the sky. Did any one else see this phenomenon in your city?

36 comments:

  1. We witnessed the same phenomenon from Kovaipudur in Coimbatore and took pictures as well!

    Thanks for posting this. Hopefully tomorrow's news will give us a better idea of what caused this.

    Deepa

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  2. Thanks Deepa. Look forward to seeing the pics you took. Ram

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  3. I received a call from my sister-in-law at Coimbatore asking me to go out and look at the sky. I asked for what. She did not disclose instead pressed me to have a look. I am camping at Chennai. Here it was cloudy and therefore the Sun was not to be seen. I reported back then she explained. Understanding the phenomenon through your post was a blessing. Thank you.

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  4. Wow! that is one spectacle! Nope in BLR it was cloudy and cold whole day and I haven't seen this :(

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  5. Oh wow! Never seen anything like that! Lovely captures!! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Lovely in Delhi I didn't even look out of the office window :(

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  7. The stupidity of man is to attribute supernatural flavour to things that are beyond his immediate awareness or comprehension.

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  8. wow! what a sight! have seen this very long ago...

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  9. No, I have never seen it. Hope you didn't hurt your eyes, staring at the sun.

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  10. that is so cool! i hope it is an omen of GOOD things, not bad. :)

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  11. Gigi: I wore dark glasses so my eyes are fine.

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  12. Phenomenon is right, ha ha ha. Brilliant photos.

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  13. Glad you captured it _ that means you were lucky to have witnessed the rare phenomenon. ? pupil of an eye??

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  14. Beautiful spectacle! I have never seen such a phenomenon.. but I can imagine how fascinating it'd be.

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  15. It's wonderful! Thank you. I haven't seen anything like this before, but I do remember seeing a similar ring around the moon many years ago.

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  16. misd to see this rare spectacle, as chennai is cloudy by then..
    thanks for sharing the great cliks.
    Tasty Appetite

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  17. Good you captured this rare event.

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  18. How wonderful to witness this spectacle.I've never seen this before. Great photos!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Ruby

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  19. Lovely captures of once in a life time phenomena:)

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  20. I've never seen blue circle like that though I've heard a sunspot.
    A good thing may happen to you as you witnessed the rare thing.
    Thank you for sharing an interesting topic.
    Have a great week!

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  21. Amazing spectacle..Though the rings around the sun have been explained earlier in Google, the blue spots are quite intriguing.. they are at the top and bottom which could be due to refraction.. but nothing is conclusive.. but great shoots!And thanks!
    ERR

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  22. Amazing spectacle..Though the rings around the sun have been explained earlier in Google, the blue spots are quite intriguing.. they are at the top and bottom which could be due to refraction.. but nothing is conclusive.. but great shoots!And thanks!
    ERR

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  23. Wow! Great pics. Good that your cam could capture with this clarity.
    I've seen this long back in Chennai. Also seen such halo formation around moon, quite often here in Chennai!
    Bhusha's Lesser Known India

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  24. Bhavana here - Simply superb Appa!

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  25. very good captures, nice to know the real facts behind the phenomenon :)

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  26. wow amazing pictures...

    and info...

    thanks for sharing...

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  27. Wonderful shots. Never heard of this before.

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  28. nopes did not. Its a beautiful sight though.

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  29. Wow, hard to get these kind of pictures to photograph correctly.

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  30. Did not see it; did not hear about it! Kudos to you for a great job of photography!

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  31. Dear Ram,
    Amazing pictures!! I always give credit to the Creator before His creation. Thanks for sharing my friend.

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  32. This is fantastic! I've seen it here and posted it too a couple of years ago.

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  33. Fascinating! I've never seen anything like it.

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  34. never heard of this , but now thanks to you I have seen it tooo ...


    Bikram's

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