Posted: Jan 13, 2017 1:32 pm
by DavidMcC
Interesting! I didn't know about them,but I have heard of related atmospheric optical phenomena, in which the ice crystals are higher up in the atmosphere:
Halo (from Greek ἅλως, halōs[1]) is the name for a family of optical phenomena produced by light interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. Halos can have many forms, ranging from colored or white rings to arcs and spots in the sky. Many of these are near the Sun or Moon, but others occur elsewhere or even in the opposite part of the sky. Among the best known halo types are the circular halo (properly called the 22° halo), light pillars and sun dogs, but there are many more; some of them fairly common, others (extremely) rare.

I once saw a partial halo myself (in the Netherlands), but I didn't have a camera.