Sundog

A Rare Sundog in the Peoria Sky

I was heading to work this Friday and was startled by this strange bright "almost second Sun in the sky on the left side of the Sun. Not only was the light strange, but there was a beautiful rainbow that seems to be coming right from the back of this bright spot. I took the picture and decided to do some research online. I was almost certain that the freezing weather we have now has to do something with this phenomena.
After a brief search, I found out that this phenomena is called "Sundog". Based on the information on wikipedi: "A sun dog (or sundog), mock sun or phantom sun, scientific name parhelion (plural parhelia), is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.[
Sundogs may appear as a colored patch of light to the left or right of the sun, 22° distant and at the same distance above the horizon as the sun, and in ice halos. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sundogs are best seen and are most conspicuous when the sun is low."

More information can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_dog

Keep your eyes open a little bit after sunrise and look at the eastern sky, you might just spot one over the next couple of days.

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