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'Mock sun' appears in Zhengzhou

(People's Daily Online)

14:09, May 15, 2012

Photo taken on May 14, 2012 shows the mock sun or the solar halo appearing over the sky of downtown Zhengzhou, capital city of central China's Henan Province. (Xinhua/ Li Bo)

Edited and translated by Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

A mock sun, also known as solar halo, appeared over the sky of downtown Zhengzhou, capital city of central China's Henan Province at about 11 a.m. on May 14. The marvelous phenomenon lasted for three hours.

The solar halo is an optical phenomenon produced by ice crystals creating colored or white arcs and spots in the sky.

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