Tag: parhelia

Circumzenithal Arcs

My thanks to Simon Cadman for the following generous email and some great images of some sun dogs and the more rarely-spotted, 'upside-down rainbow', also known as a 'circumzenithal arc' or 'Bravais' arc'. Circumzenithal arcs and sun dogs form when sunlight refracts through ice crystals, not rain as with rainbows.…

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More Beautiful Sun Dogs

My thanks again to Alan Gibson for sending over some great images. These are sun dogs or parhelia and parts of a "22 degree halo". They are created when the sunlights refracts through ice crystals, creating colourful effects a couple of fist widths from sun . They can presage deteriorating…

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Sun Dogs and Leaping Lambs

I'm just back from an evening stroll in the Peak District, catching the last of the sun. On my walk I met some leaping lambs and also some slightly rarer creatures: a pair of sun dogs. Have a look at the bright, rainbow-coloured patches either side of the sun in…

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