Christchurch sun encircled by halo

19:39, Dec 09 2012
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RARE SIGHT: The halo around the sun, as seen in Christchurch today.
Halo, Christchurch, 9 December 2012
This photo was taken at the kart racing track at Halswell around 1pm.
Halo, Christchurch, 9 December 2012
Taken from Bryndwr.
Halo, Christchurch, 9 December 2012
The halo seen around the sun in Christchurch today.
Halo, Christchurch, 9 December 2012
A photograph of the sun's halo.
Halo, Christchurch, 9 December 2012
Taken from Linwood.

Residents in Christchurch have spotted an unusual occurence in the sky today - a halo around the sun. 

The halo, is an optical phenomenon, produced by ice crystals that create arcs in the sky, which encircle the sun or moon. 

Many Press readers sent in photographs of today's halo, as featured in our gallery above. 

In folklore, the halo is said to herald the arrival of heavy rain. 

MetService is predicting fine weather for the rest of the day and for Monday, with a chance of some rain in Christchurch on Tuesday. 

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