Halo spectacle shines in western Qld skiesBy Chrissy Arthur, Tuesday November 6, 2012 - 14:30 EDT
Ice crystals in the upper atmosphere have caused a halo to appear around the sun in central-west Queensland.
The weather bureau says it is not an uncommon phenomenon to see a ring around the sun when there is high cloud about.
Forecaster Rick Threlfall says the effect is due to ice crystals in the high cloud over the region.
"Mainly in the cirrus clouds ... around about eight to 10 kilometres high up in the atmosphere," he said.
"Those ice crystals just tend to ... refract the light and split it up into the colours that you see in the halo."
He says the halo could be visible for the rest of today.
© ABC 2012
More breaking news
Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill says he may review a recent ban on importing Australian fruit and vegetables into the country.
Residents are returning to their properties on the New South Wales south coast, with the threat to life and property now passed following days of heavy downpours that led to significant flooding.
Every year, as clouds disappear from the sky and front lawns turn brown, tropical frogs seek solace in a cool and wet place.