Amazing Sun Dog Optical Phenomenon Video: Fact Check


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This phenomenon is called colloquially Sundog, and technically, Parhelion.

It occurs when ice crystals are hanging in the air. They refract the sunlight by 22°, so at that angle, additional suns seem to appear.

Fact Check:

An interesting video in circulation on WhatsApp and social media platforms purports to show an Amazing incident of Sun Dog Optical Phenomenon. The message accompanying the video describes it technically as Parhelion, which allegedly occurs due to refraction of sun light by ice crystals in air. The video showing the beautiful arch formation as Sun Dog Optical Phenomenon is in fact real.

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What is Sun Dog?

Sun Dog (also spelled Sundog) or Mock Sun, is a relatively common atmospheric optical phenomenon formally called a Parhelion. They are associated with the reflection/refraction of sunlight by the numerous small ice crystals making up the cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. Sun Dog is a member of the family of Halos. Halo is in fact the optical phenomena produced by sunlight interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. Halos appear in various forms near Sun or Moon. Sun dog, on the other hand, consists of a bright spot to one or both sides of the Sun. Sun dogs typically appear as a pair of subtly colored patches of light, around 22° to the left and right of the Sun, and at the same altitude above the horizon as the Sun. They are however not always obvious or bright to be visible to human eye.

About the Sun Dog Optical Phenomenon Video

The beautiful video in question does indeed show an amazing Sun Dog Optical Phenomenon captured in Västerås City of Sweden. Twitter account Strange Sounds shared few pictures of the optical phenomenon on 1st December 2018. Shown below is another video of the Sun Dogs captured in the skies of Västerås, Sweden.

 

For your information, in the video below, you can see another Sun Dog Optical Phenomenon captured in Moscow, Russia on 19 January 2014. The picture below it shows somewhat similar Sun dogs in Fargo, North Dakota captured in February 2009.

Image of Sun Dogs Captured in Fargo, North Dakota in February 2009
Sun Dogs Captured in Fargo, North Dakota in February 2009

Needless to say, in case of Sweden, the nature’s beautiful making as in the arch formation around Sun looks magical.

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