Picture of the ring of light sent by Gulf News reader Prithy Rijesh Image Credit: Prithy Rijesh

Dubai - A trip to Global Village became a lot more adventurous than a Dubai resident had hoped.

40-year-old homemaker, Prithy Dhakan Rijesh, saw a light moving steadily across the sky. As she pointed it out excitedly to the people around her, everyone agreed they had seem something intergalactic. And no, it wasn’t the moon either!

Picture taken by Gulf News reader Prithy Rijesh Image Credit: Prithy Rijesh

“I saw a huge ring, which looked like a UFO and it was constantly moving at a certain speed. In fact, three days ago my friend in Abu Dhabi also witnessed something very similar,” Rijesh told Gulf News.

The videos sent by the Gulf News reader clearly showed a source of light shifting across the sky, with the moon in the background. When contact by the newspaper, the Dubai Astronomy Group investigated the video and concluded that this wasn’t an otherworldly invasion, but a small trick Nature plays - a 22 degree halo.

Hasan Ahmad Al Hariri, CEO of the Dubai Astronomy Group, said: “It is very clear and very obvious that it is the 22 degree halo. There are ice crystals in the cloud, which bend the light coming from the moon in a special way, creating a halo image. If this halo was totally away from the moon, I would have definitely said that it might be something else. But because you can see the light from the moon near it, it is the moonlight that is creating the halo effect.”

There are ice crystals in the cloud, which bend the light coming from the moon in a special way, creating a halo image.

- Hasan Al Hariri, CEO Dubai Astronomy Group

The movement, then, is not of a UFO but of the clouds that are reflecting the halo.

Al Hariri added that rocket launches also create 22 degree halos, as witnessed last month when the SpaceX rocket launch left the sky in California, US, lit up in interesting ways.

He added that curious residents could always contact the Dubai Astronomy Group if they wanted to get more information on celestial objects: astro@dubaiastronomy.com