The beauty above your head.
this is the same day I saw a double ring but one was actually off center so it was very strange. Should have taken a photo.... * TRIPLE RING AROUND THE SUN: Regular sky watchers are accustomed to seeing rings of light around the sun. Called "ice halos," they form when sunlight shines through ice crystals in high clouds. Usually these rings appear one at a time. On June 21st, Jun Lao of Mason, Ohio, saw three at once.... *
Rare Halo, Possibly An Upper Tangent Arc With Sunvex Parry Arc And Light Pillar
Comet's ISON's recent outburst of activity has done more than simply brighten the comet. Whatever exploded from the comet's core also create...
If you're awake at 5 am, go outside and face east. About halfway up the sky, the red planet Mars and the blue star Regulus are side by side,...Look carefully to the left of red Mars. The "duo" is actually a trio: Comet ISON is there, too. "Comet ISON, Mars and Regulus are quite a photogenic threesome!" says Marshall.
Auroras are usually green, and sometimes purple, but seldom do sky watchers see this much red. Minoru Yoneto photographed this example from Queenstown, New Zealand on Oct 2
"At times the auroral curtains appeared superimposed on the noctilucent clouds," says Dyer. "It isn't often we see the two phenomena together."
A hole in the sun's atmosphere--a "coronal hole"--has opened up and it is spewing solar wind into space. Coronal holes are places where the sun's magnetic field spreads apart and allows solar wind to escape. A windy stream of plasma flowing from this particular hole should reach Earth on June 2-3.
In little more than a month, Comet PanSTARRS will cross the orbit of Mercury and probably brighten to naked-eye visibility as it absorbs the heat of the nearby sun. Sky watchers around the world will be looking for it in the sunset skies of early March, when it passes closest to the sun and to Earth.