SN6412 : Sundog / Parhelia

taken 15 years ago, near to Pontamman, Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin, Great Britain

Sundog / Parhelia
Sundog / Parhelia
A phenomenon seen when fine ice crystals in the upper atmosphere refracts the sun's rays. A halo (parhelic circle) forms at 22 around the sun when it's close to the horizon on crisp evenings (just visible in this photograph) and two "mock suns" appear on either side of the sun at 90 and 270, often being seen as two tiny rainbows.

The sun in this picture is way overexposed causing it to seem bloated (and actually damaged the camera's CCD while taking this picture!)
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SN6412, 15 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 19 October, 2002   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 16 July, 2007
Category
Sunset   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 645 125 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.7251N 3:57.9405W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 646 126
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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