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Sun Dog

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.