On the Lookout for Sundogs in a Few Months
February 13, 2017 2:46pm CST
Other names for sundogs happen to be mock suns or phantom suns. Sundogs appear when sunlight refracts off ice crystals that are in the earth's atmosphere. The image created, due to sunlight refracting off those ice crystals, most often appears on either side of the sun. Sundogs can be seen from all locations in this world of ours. The best chance of seeing the sundogs, one to the right of the sun and one to the left, is when the sun is closest to the horizon. I would love to get a good photo of a pair sundogs in a few months. My next chance to see the sundogs easily will be in April. If April does not work out, I can try again in August. Hopefully, I will not have to wait until October or January. Those in the know are not sure from where the sundog name comes, but many feel the two sundogs follow the sun like a dog follows its owner.
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13 Feb 17
I hope you get some good shots! I've never seen a sun dog before you included that picture but I have seen quite a few moon dogs that let me know a big change of weather is coming. Moon dogs are rather rare here in Phoenix but common in the Midwest where I am from.
15 Feb 17
That is very interesting, I have heard of them before but didn't know exactly what they were. Just this afternoon as the sun was falling behind the woods, I saw a white circle too far to the north to be the sun and I looked at it and again, I had no idea what it was. Maybe it was one of your sun dogs.