Batanes townsfolk witness 'mariyes' sun halo

Batanes townsfolk witness ‘mariyes’ sun halo

/ 03:49 PM April 02, 2024

A sun halo, which is called "mariyes" in Batanes, appears in the skyline of Itbayat town on Tuesday (April 2)

A sun halo, which is called “mariyes” in Batanes, appears in the skyline of Itbayat town on Tuesday (April 2). The solar phenomenon happens during a transition from cool to warm dry season heat. Photo by Nathan Alcantara

ITBAYAT, Batanes — Residents of this island municipality witnessed a ring-around-the-sun phenomenon starting around 9 a.m. until nearly 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2.

Itbayat Ivatan indigenous people call this sun halo event “mariyes.”

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A sun halo appears due to the refraction of sunlight as it passes through ice particles suspended in thin, wispy cirrus or cirrostratus clouds at high altitudes.

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A sun halo, which is called "mariyes" in Batanes, appears in the skyline of Itbayat town on Tuesday (April 2).

Photo by Councilor Cleo G. Gonzales

The light, bending at a 22-degree angle through hexagon-shaped ice crystals, forms the distinctive ring halo around the sun.

Jerald Manzo, a government worker in this town, said the event indicates that the sea would have strong tide currents, which may not be optimal for hand or oar-driven fishing boats.

Experts said a sun halo is a normal event, especially as the season is in transition from cool to warm dry season heat, and this may not necessarily be a portent.

But based on indigenous knowledge, some celestial events may affect local conditions.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration expects a weather disturbance to enter the country this month. INQ

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