Sunday, 20 January 2013

Sundogs: Spots Of Color Beside The Sun

image credit: Gopherboy6956

A sundog (scientific name: parhelion) is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun. Sundogs may appear as a colored patch of light to the left or right of the sun, 22° distant and at the same distance above the horizon as the sun, and in ice halos.

They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sundogs are best seen and are most conspicuous when the sun is low.

(thanks Miss Rare)

1 comment(s):

Hundewanderer said...

I love sundogs.

I've photographed a few in Arizona: