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'Sun halo' spotted over Northeast on Tuesday

Wispy, icy clouds caused what is known as a solar halo to appear over Maryland and other parts of the Northeast on Tuesday afternoon.

The phenomenon appears as a sort of rainbow forming a ring around the sun. They occur in the lowest layer of the atmosphere when cirrus clouds are present, explains EarthSky.org.

EarthSky shares photos of the halo as spotted in New York City and other areas like New Jersey, pictured above.

Local meteorologist Justin Berk collected a photo gallery of solar halo sightings around Maryland.

A group of fourth and fifth graders saw it in Columbia while attending a Howard County schools leadership conference, said Lisa Schnosslagle, a county resident who shared a photo of it via Twitter.

Twitter user @timbutz70, who frequently shares local weather photos online, posted photos of the halo from Ocean City on Tuesday afternoon.

Did you see the halo, or get a photograph of it? Let me know.

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