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Halo 2 Headset Benefits Katrina Victims 
Gizmodo - Jun 28 1:42 PM
Halo 2's still the most popular Xbox Live game, and if you need a new headset, you could do worse than pick up a Emerald Halo 2 headset for $15. A portion of the proceeds is going to the Platronics...

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Halo 2 Headset Benefits Katrina Victims 
Gizmodo - Jun 28 1:42 PM
Halo 2's still the most popular Xbox Live game, and if you need a new headset, you could do worse than pick up a Emerald Halo 2 headset for $15. A portion of the proceeds is going to the Platronics...

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Happy Birthday Hiram G. Andrews Center 
Daily American - Jun 28 9:01 PM
Describing it as a wonderful resource, Pennsylvania's secretary of labor and industry, Stephen Schmerin, joined a number of notables in wishing the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown a happy 50th birthday on Wednesday.

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"Toby" the Infamous Internet Bunny Saved Through the SitePoint Marketplace 
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SaveToby.com, the infamous web site about a bunny who was threatened with death if a certain amount of money wasn't raised, has been purchased through the SitePoint Marketplace. (PRWEB Jun 28, 2006)

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'Motorcycle Santa' remembered as happy, outgoing, meticulous 
Pensacola News Journal - Jun 27 11:01 PM
Children knew him as the "Motorcycle Santa" and bikers called him the "guru." But "Dad" was what Beth Wells called Patrick Wayne Wells, who died Monday in Pensacola. He was 66.

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FISH FIGHT TURNS BITTER / Demanding $81 million in aid for struggling salmon fishermen, angry West Coast lawmakers  
San Francisco Chronicle - Jun 29 3:51 AM
Lawmakers from California and Oregon, angry at the Bush administration for refusing to aid struggling Pacific Coast salmon fishermen, brought the House to a standstill Wednesday -- ultimately forcing GOP leaders to offer a small amount of economic relief....

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Hawthorne Heights, Halifax, and Hit the Lights at Axis Hawthorne Heights were into it, the kids were into it, heck, even the parents were into it. Slideshow: Hawthorne Heights, Halifax, and Hit the Lights at Axis, June 23, 2006

Use your head on a motorcycle 
Delta Democrat Times - Jun 28 1:27 PM
By now, you've seen the images and heard lots of commentary about NFL star Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle collision. We'll leave discussions of his role with the Pittsburgh Steelers and contract stipulation for the sports pages.

Student dies of frat hazing in Cotabato 
Manila Bulletin - Jun 27 10:18 AM
KORONADAL CITY — A student who allegedly underwent fraternity initiation died of hazing, a fraternity member, who surrendered to the police, said.

Goth rocker Valo finds beauty in squids, darkness 
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THE mythology surrounding the guy is every bit as imposing as Vlad the Impaler's.

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Softball: 2006 Class 3A All-State Team* 
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Emily Keagbine, Valley Catholic, Jr. Co-Coaches of the year: Sarah Schilling, Elmira; Todd Nickerson, Mazama Pitcher of the Year: Heather Cordell, Elmira, Sr.

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Method Man will release 4:21… The Day After August 22, via Def Jam Recordings. The first single, to which Eric Sermon provided the beat, is “Say” (featuring Lauryn Hill ), on which the artist addresses his critics, fans, and haters for disrespecting him and his fellow members of the Wu Tang Clan …

Potter series becomes a whogetsit 
East Valley Tribune - Jun 29 5:58 AM
Curious East Valley Muggles arched their eyebrows in wonder Tuesday over the mysterious ending of the Harry Potter saga.

Obese patient operated upon for hernia  
Yahoo! India News - Jun 28 2:35 PM
NISHAN Ram Sharma, weighing 158 kilograms, has been successfully operated by local surgeon Narotam Dewan. He had developed a hernia at umbilicus. Nishan told Newsline that earlier he got operated upon at Chandigarh, but the hernia recurred. "It grew to a huge proportion causing disturbance in my daily life. Then I went to Dr.Narotam Dewan and he told me to reduce some weight. I followed his

Hey, didn't you used to have season tickets here? 
Cumberland Times-News - Jun 28 6:26 AM
Spent a week at the ballpark last Saturday night: Three hours of rain delays ... Maybe two-and-a-half hours of actual baseball. Hey, there are worst places to get rained on than the ballpark while you're amongst good friends.

The Cyberspace Cloud is Buzzing 
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Each of us has one favorite website we choose religiously to bond with, e.g., the myspace.com phenomenon. It attracted so many users worldwide in such...

A history of art 
Eden Daily News - Jun 27 9:39 PM
In a shop in downtown Reidsville lie the secrets of a foreign land. Studebaker's Antiques displays the artwork of Sayed Rawi, which tells the story of Egyptian culture in brilliant color and hieroglyphics.

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Singer/actress HILARY DUFF was forced to get rid of some of her friends after they continued to betray her. The WHY NOT? singer decided she needed to

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For other uses, like the Halo (video game series), see Halo (disambiguation).
Halo around the sun at the South Pole (NOAA)

A halo (also known as a nimbus or Gloriole) is a ring of light that surrounds an object. They are often used in religious works to depict holy or sacred figures. In Christian sacred art (Eastern and Western churches), holy persons (saints) are depicted with a halo, a golden, yellow or white circular glow, around the head.

Halos, also known as icebows, are also optical phenomena that appear near or around the Sun or Moon, and sometimes near other strong light sources such as street lights. There are many types of optical halos, but they are mostly caused by ice crystals in cold cirrus clouds located high (5-10 km, or 3-6 miles) in the upper troposphere. The particular shape and orientation of the crystals is responsible for the type of halo observed. Light is reflected and refracted by the ice crystals and may split up into colors because of dispersion, similarly to the rainbow.


  • 1 Religious iconography
    • 1.1 In Christianity
    • 1.2 In Buddhism
    • 1.3 Spiritual Significance of the Halo
  • 2 Optical phenomenon
    • 2.1 Sundogs
    • 2.2 Sun pillar
  • 3 External links

Religious iconography

The halo has become a object of religious iconography in both Christian and Buddhist traditions.

In Christianity

Simon Ushakov's The Last Supper depicts Jesus and the twelve Apostles. Eleven of the twelve have halos, with one (presumably the traitor, Judas Iscariot) who does not.

The halo appears in the art of ancient Greece and Rome, and was incorporated into Christian art sometime in the 4th century. Round halos are used to signify saints. A cross within a halo is used to represent Jesus. Triangular halos are used for representations of the Trinity. Square halo are used to depict unusually saintly living personages.

The use of halos to designate Christian saints presented a problem in the translation of the Hebrew Bible. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the tablets of the law, he is said in the Hebrew text (Exodus 34,29) to have a glowing or radiant face. However, this would have implied a halo, which was reserved for Christian-era saints. Jerome avoided this by translating the phrase into Latin as "cornuta esset facies sua" (his face was horned). This description was taken literally by Medieval and Renaissance artists, who depicted Moses with small horns growing from his forehead. Especially noteworthy in this respect is Michelangelo Buonarroti's statue in San Pietro in Vincoli.

In popular piety, this practice has led to the belief that saints during their earthly life actually walked around with a halo around their head. Of the many wonderful stories about saints, some contemporaries report that a saint was literally glowing. This is called the aureole, a lemon-drop-shaped item that appears to radiate from the entire body of the holy being. Finally, there is also "glory," a glowing effusion used to cover up depictions of genitalia.

The halo underwent an interesting transformation during the Renaissance. Originally, the halo represented a glow of sanctity emanating from the head. Since it was conventionally drawn as a circle, during the Renaissance, when perspective became more important in art, the halo was changed from an aura surrounding the head to a golden ring that appeared in perspective, mysteriously floating above the heads of the saints. This form of halo is still used in many popular depictions of angels and of blessed souls in heaven.

In Buddhism

The Buddha with a halo, 1st-2nd century AD, Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara.

The halo has been widely used in Buddhist iconography as well since at least the 1st century AD. Halos are found in Buddhist sculpture and painting from the Gandharan period, influenced by Greek artists brought to India with the army of Alexander the Great.

In Zen Buddhism, ink brush paintings also commonly use the halo in depictions of saints such as Bodhidharma. In Pure Land Buddhism the halo is used in depicting the image of Amida Buddha. Tibetan Buddhism uses halos extensively in the Thangka paintings of Buddhist saints such as Milarepa and Padmasambhava.

Spiritual Significance of the Halo

Some think the halo symbolizes the saint's consciousness as 'radiating' beyond the physical body, and that it serves as a pictorial reminder to the saint's devotees of the saint's transcendence of the physical body.

A more Christian interpretation, less dualistic in its assumptions, is that the halo represents the light of divine grace suffusing the soul, which is perfectly united and in harmony with the physical body.

Optical phenomenon

Moon halo, Western Australia

Sometimes in very cold weather optical halos are formed by crystals close to ground level, called diamond dust. The crystals behave like jewels, refracting and reflecting sunlight between their faces, sending shafts of light in particular directions.

Atmospheric phenomena such as halos were used as an empirical means of weather forecasting before meteorology was developed.

Halos can also have unusual shapes, for example a cross. Emperor Constantine I of the Roman Empire is said to have seen such a halo in 313 near Trier. This sign is supposed to have prompted him to become a Christian.


Halo with sun dogs visible to the left and right (NOAA)

Sun dogs, also known as parhelia (single parhelion), appear as near-horizontal colored spots or bars on both sides of the sun, at nearly a 22 degree angle. Sun dogs are uncommon and typically appear only when a low sun shines through loose cirrus clouds, e.g., in a milky-white winter afternoon sky. The orientation of the ice crystals involved in this process is important. The crystals are hexagonal cylinders, and they have to be oriented vertically.

When the sun dog phenomenon is seen around the Moon rather than the Sun, it is called a mock moon, moon dog, or by the proper name paraselene.

Sun pillar

Sun pillar near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (NOAA)

A sun pillar appears most often as a vertical pillar or column of light rising from the sun near sunset or sunrise, though it can appear below the sun, particularly if the observer is at a high elevation or altitude. Hexagonal plate- and column-shaped ice crystals cause the phenomenon. Plate crystals generally cause pillars only when the sun is within 6 degrees of the horizon, or below it; column crystals can cause a pillar when the sun is as high as 20 degrees above the horizon. The crystals tend to orient themselves near-horizontally as they fall or float through the air, and the width and visibility of a sun pillar depends on crystal alignment.

Light pillars can also form around the moon, and around street lights or other bright lights. Pillars forming from ground-based light sources may appear much taller than those associated with the sun or moon. Since the observer is generally closer to the light source, crystal orientation matters less in the formation of these pillars.

External links

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  • Halo photos at Atmospheric Optics
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day, November 7, 2001
  • Light Pillars
  • Sun pillar, taken at Iona beach May 4, 2005
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Halo 2 Headset Benefits Katrina Victims 

Gizmodo - Jun 28 1:42 PM
Halo 2's still the most popular Xbox Live game, and if you need a new headset, you could do worse than pick up a Emerald Halo 2 headset for $15. A portion of the proceeds is going to the Platronics...

Emerald Halo 2 Headset Helps Katrina Victims 
Kotaku - Jun 28 8:23 AM
Are you a gamer who still wants to help out the victims of Hurricane Katrina? Plantronics is selling an emerald-green Halo 2 headset usually worth about fifty clams for a low, low price of...

Desert halo 
Tucson Citizen - Jun 28 7:17 AM
Halo, everybody. Halo. For a period, it looked like a pair of mock suns or sundogs with a halo, but most of the day it was just a halo. Regardless of the nomenclature, what Tucson-area residents saw during much of the day Tuesday was sunlight refracted by six-sided ice crystals in the atmosphere.

Halo Around The Sun -- Your Pictures 
KOLD News 13 Tuscon - Jun 28 8:36 AM
That halo you saw around the sun Tuesday was caused by sunlight being refracted by ice crystals in the atmosphere. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2006 WorldNow and KOLD, a Raycom Media station. All Rights Reserved.

Halo Around The Sun -- Your Pictures 
KOLD News 13 Tuscon - Jun 27 10:21 PM
That halo you saw around the sun Tuesday was caused by sunlight being refracted by ice crystals in the atmosphere. Many of you sent pictures to us. Here's a look at some of them.

Halo 3 To Launch Day Before PS3? 
Blogcritics.org - Jun 27 10:22 AM
Microsoft appears to have its battle rifle poised to fire a shot right over Sony’s bow. It seems the Halo 3 release date might just be Nov. 16, one day before Sony’s launches the Play Station 3 . Kotaku came across the little tidbit about the Best Buy site . It seems other retailers, like EB Games, haven’t set the date in stone as of yet, but that doesn’t mean Best Buy’s guess isn’t

MI6: Chris Di Cesare Talks Halo 2, Xbox 360 
Gamasutra - Jun 28 6:45 AM
MI6, a new conference from Promax/BDA, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of marketing in interactive entertainment, kicked off today with a keynote talk from director of Xbox marketing Chris Di Cesare. In the talk, which was preceded by an amusing conference introduction by cable television personality Stephen Colbert, Di Cesare discussed the current shape of the

Halo Technology, InfoNow calls off planned merger 
BizJournals - Jun 26 8:05 AM
Greenwich, Conn.'s Halo Technology Holdings Inc. and Denver-based InfoNow Corp. have called off their planned merger.

Rainbow around the sun 
Texarkana Gazette - 1 hour, 23 minutes ago
This solar oddity generated some interest in the Texarkana area Tuesday afternoon. Nick Fillo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Shreveport, La., said the halo forms when sunlight passes through ice crystals from high clouds and is similar to sunlight during a rainbow.

InfoNow Corporation, HALO Technology Holdings Agree to Terminate Merger Agreement 
SYS-CON Media - Jun 26 10:06 AM
InfoNow Corporation (Pink Sheets: INOW), a leading provider of channel visibility and channel management solutions, and HALO Technology Holdings, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: HALO) , a holding company for established enterprise software companies, today announced that the companies have mutually agreed to terminate the Merger Agreement entered into on December 23, 2005 and previously announced on