Jay Everingham a Cairns based pilot captured a rare combination of Sun Arcs, Halos and Circles while flying at 18,000ft near Weipa earlier this week! While these phenomena are common as individual sightings having a combination of all four at once is very rare. The reflections occur from sunlight being refracted or bent as it travels through various ice crystal cloud layers and ice crystal shapes. Depending on the observers angle and perspective to the sun is critical to what is viewed. In this case both Jay’s height, angle and specific ice crystal formation all came together at the one moment to produce the incredible display. What Jay has captured both on still images and video is a 22 degree halo, a parhelic circle and two infralateral arks! The video can be viewed HERE!

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Image credits: Jay Everingham

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