Bishops” Ring after Pinatubo eruption

After the 1991 Philippinian Pinatubo eruption, a large diffraction corona around the sun became visible worldwide. It was seen for many months in 1992 and 1993. This corona phenomenon is known as a “Bishops”” Ring”. It appears when sunlight shines through stratosperic layers of volcanic dust. The pattern of light and color is the same as that of the common corona in cloud droplets, consisting of a blueish white aureole directly around the sun, surrounded by a reddish to brownish diffuse and broad ring. The radius, however, is large and comparable to that of the common halo, being typically about 25 degs. This photograph was taken by Peter-Paul Hattinga Verschure, this one with super wide-angle lens and his second with a 20mm, from Deventer in The Netherlands on 29th March 1992. It was a spring day with very transparant air conditions, the best circumstances to see this phenomenon.

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Posted on May 13, 2011, in coronae and iridescence, observations, volcanic eruption phenomena and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Claudia Hinz said…

    Peter-Paul, I””ve never seen a better photo from Bishop””s Ring!

    Enthusing Greetings
    Claudia

  2. bv said…

    Great photo, indeed it is an awesome phenomenon, I love all related to strange things here on earth or out there in space.

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