a white, horizontal band passing through the sun, either incomplete or extending around the horizon, produced by the reflection of the sun's rays from the vertical faces of ice prisms in the atmosphere.
- Also called parheliacal ring .
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How to use parhelic circle in a sentence
The emerging rays are parallel to their original direction and form a colourless image on the parhelic circle opposite the sun.
British Dictionary definitions for parhelic circle
meteorol a luminous band at the same altitude as the sun, parallel to the horizon, caused by reflection of the sun's rays by ice crystals in the atmosphere
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Scientific definitions for parhelic circle
A luminous halo visible at the height of the Sun and parallel to the horizon, caused by the Sun's rays reflecting off atmospheric ice crystals.
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