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Sun halo sparks fear and intrigue in Mexico


Posted on Saturday, 23 May, 2015 | Comment icon 16 comments

The unusual spectacle drew a lot of attention. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Unukorno
An impressive optical phenomenon created something of a social media frenzy in Mexico City this week.
When the rainbow-like circle appeared around the sun above the capital on Thursday awestruck holidaymakers where left grasping for their cameras and cellphones in an effort to photograph the spectacle and upload it on to their social media accounts.

Despite the excitement surrounding the phenomenon however there were also those who regarded its appearance with some degree of trepidation, believing it instead to be a sign that something terrible was about to happen.

The National Weather Service later reported that it had been bombarded with calls from people who were concerned that the halo might be an indication of an impending apocalypse.
"I have received some 30 phone calls from people who are scared and think that it's a bad omen, others think it means it will rain more than expected," said coordinator Juan Manuel Caballero.

"I've had to repeat several times: 'No, it doesn't hurt if you don't look at it directly'."

Fortunately, far from being a sign that the world is about to end, sun halos are actually quite a common occurrence caused by little more than light bending through ice crystals in the air.

"It's very common. The thing is that people never look up," said Caballero.


Source: CTV News | Comments (16)

Tags: Sun Halo, Mexico City

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by freetoroam on 24 May, 2015, 9:14
Today's world ? What does that mean ? Nature can be explained, those things (not the guys with the ties on) are just pure fantasy......looks like a bit of a fetish with that lot. Intrigue i can understand, nature is very intriguing, but the superstitious fear things? the apocalypse? today...really?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Flyerball on 24 May, 2015, 18:11
I saw something similar in my country (Mauritius) a few years back and it sure raised a lot of questions among the population.
Comment icon #9 Posted by stereologist on 26 May, 2015, 0:51
I saw 2 solar halos last year. One was complete and the other was not. They are better known as 22 degree halos. Here is a nice write up on them. http://atoptics.co.uk/halo/circular.htm
Comment icon #10 Posted by Scholar4Truth on 26 May, 2015, 3:59
These types of claims remind of me of how people once believed or still believe that when a Full Moon happens people will go insane. It seems a lot of superstition is rooted in natural phenomenon.
Comment icon #11 Posted by back to earth on 26 May, 2015, 6:04
Nature can be explained, those things (not the guys with the ties on) are just pure fantasy......looks like a bit of a fetish with that lot. Intrigue i can understand, nature is very intriguing, but the superstitious fear things? the apocalypse? today...really? Of course the ties win, hands down, without considering why at all. Go tie ! .... they just 'look right' eh ?
Comment icon #12 Posted by freetoroam on 26 May, 2015, 7:58
Of course the ties win, hands down, without considering why at all. Go tie ! .... they just 'look right' eh ? it was never the men in black we had to watch out for, it was the "men in ties"
Comment icon #13 Posted by GreenmansGod on 26 May, 2015, 15:16
Too much religion/sci fi, not enough science class. They shouldn't come to Florida I see those sun halos a lot during the rainy season.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Robert1 on 27 May, 2015, 14:07
When I read stories like this one, it makes me wonder why people become so superstitious. It's a fairly common occurrence and they'd know this if they would only look up more.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Podo on 27 May, 2015, 18:43
It amazes me how stupid ass people have the ability to survive without forgetting to breath. Dumbass people. Breathing is a partially-involuntary body system, so that doesn't confuse me. I get confused as to how they find their way home at night, though!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Ryu on 8 June, 2015, 12:51
It amazes me how stupid ass people have the ability to survive without forgetting to breath. Dumbass people. Because all superstitions are easy. Just shut up and believe on command while reading and learning can be difficult as it may compel you to relinquish your death-grip on said superstitions.


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