sun dogs


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sun dogs

Two bright, diffuse patches of light occasionally seen in the daytime sky, one each side of the Sun, and caused by refraction of the Sun's light by hexagonal ice crystals in the atmosphere. Each one is tinged red on the side near the Sun and blue on the other side. Sun dogs often appear on the fringe of a halo around the Sun, each one being separated from the Sun by an angular distance of 22°.
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They're a large family," he said, "these sun dogs, wind dogs, rainbows, halos, and parhelia.
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Bendey around 1902, a striking recent photo of sun dogs taken at Fargo, North Dakota (the phantom suns described in "Die Nebensonnen"), six rarely reprinted studies of pillows in pen and brown ink drawings by Albert Durer from 1493 (presumably not unlike the pillows mentioned in "Im Dorfe"), and even a few music examples, several of which are unfortunately bereft of clefs, meter signs, or key signatures.
Some halos are decorated with bright spots known as sun dogs or mock suns.
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There are sun dogs on each side of the sun that signal cold, clear weather, I think.
Chapter 5 includes a short, informative description of both Western and Inuit observation of atmospheric phenomena such as meteors, shooting stars, the aurora borealis, sun dogs, and rainbows.
Its name comes from the fact that the mock suns or sun dogs, also called "parhelia," usually appear on the parhelic circle when the circle is visible at all.