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Did you see the sundogs?

Monday, December 23, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

If you were looking in the sky this afternoon you may have noticed a faint rainbow-like effect, one on either side of the sun.

Sundogs are often formed by tiny ice particles that linger in the cold winter air and refract the suns rays, not unlike a prism.

They are more easily observed when the sun is low in the sky.

The moon can exhibit a similar phenomenon, named moondogs.

The photo above shows a sundog that appeared to the right of the sun today, there was a matching rainbow-like effect on the left side as well (not shown).

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Rockin 12/23/2013 10:42:05 PM Report

Wow I missed that! Saw the moon dogs quite a bit while working up north many chilly nights between Oba & Hearst, neat shot!
Tag33&1/3rd 12/24/2013 12:05:51 AM Report

Why not just call it a rainbow?
99.7% of people would say:
"Hey, look - a rainbow!" I however fall in the 0.3%'tile. Lol -not!
James O'Brien 12/24/2013 12:08:43 AM Report

One could call it a rainbow, except that there is no rain involved.
Floyd 12/24/2013 12:10:40 AM Report

It's not a rainbow. A rainbow has an arc. A sundog is vertical. Awesome just the same!
Tag33&1/3rd 12/24/2013 1:06:27 AM Report

Ya I know---just joking around! Nice pic! Would like to see a 'moon-dog'
Tag33&1/3rd 12/24/2013 3:22:18 AM Report

Oops---sorry in advance...

"You ain't nothing but a..."
ya....right 12/24/2013 6:18:26 AM Report

"not unlike"....why not just say "like"...when people ask you how you are feeling...do you say "not unwell"?
Kevin5069 12/24/2013 9:32:19 AM Report

Had a great view of them while sitting on the bridge yesterday afternoon. Looked like a faint, straight rainbow
Pakadeva 12/24/2013 11:00:21 AM Report

Wow!
Beautiful picture & thank you for sharing. Please ignore the people who have to analyse it to death in every sense & turn a shared photo & comment into a federal case. Merry Christmas!
moon sky 12/24/2013 1:13:27 PM Report

Ya like no kidding ah Pakadeva..Lmao...Merry Christmas...
sandpiper 12/25/2013 1:07:05 PM Report

I have three different sun dogs so far this December. They are beautiful and seem to last a long time. Each time I did not have my camera..grrrr
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