Sun Dog

  • Post published:02/05/2010
  • Post comments:3 Comments

I took this photo of a distinct sun dog at 7:30 am on Tuesday morning. A sun dog or parhelion is a ‘mock sun’  or halo that appears next to the real sun caused by ice crystals in the atmosphere, although they appear in any season  They most often appear when the sun is low in the sky, and sometimes more than one can appear at the same time.

Last fall we saw what is sometimes called a full sun dog, with a halo on either side of the sun, looking  like three suns in the sky.  Three suns would be too much of a good thing. It’s cold and gray today, but I am happy with one good old Sol.

See more skies at Skywatch Friday.

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  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    A beautiful capture. I can’t imagine seeing so many dogs in the sky at one time.

  2. Grasshopper

    Hi Pat, this is one nice shot of the halo. It’s always therapeutic to watch the sky especially when the sun is low during the day.

  3. Pat

    Lisa – My husband saw that sundog. He is always paying attention to the sky.
    Grasshopper – And he always shares what he sees with me, even dragging me out in the ice in my slippers and robe.

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