On the Lookout for Sundogs in a Few Months

@Corbin5 (81571)
United States
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.
This video was shot in Old Crow, Yukon Territory, Canada.
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@TRBRocks420 (62156)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Feb
Those are pretty cool. I heard about them on the weather channel.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
13 Feb
I bet most of us have seen sundogs, but just didn't pay much attention. Now, I will be on the lookout.
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@TRBRocks420 (62156)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Feb
@Corbin5 Same I will be looking for them now.
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb
Very interesting!
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
13 Feb
One fine day, I will snap a photo.
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@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
13 Feb
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.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
13 Feb
I do hope for a good shot too. I am interested in the moon dogs too, so one of these days in my Chicago suburb, I may see a moon dog too.
@nanette64 (13730)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Feb
That video is so cool @Corbin5 . I had never heard of this before. Sooooo cool.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
14 Feb
Well, in April, we can keep an eye out for these beauties.
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@nanette64 (13730)
• Fairfield, Texas
15 Feb
@Corbin5 April, my birth month. So maybe I'll get a visual BD present.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
15 Feb
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@Marty1 (26738)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
14 Feb
@corbin5 I will have to look for these fascinating things!
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
14 Feb
Me too! You can see them in April, August, October and January, so it is worth taking a look! Good to see you here, my friend.
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@Marty1 (26738)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
14 Feb
@Corbin5 I will look for them in April! Hopefully, I will be able to locate them! Am now going to write you a message! Good to see you, too!
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
14 Feb
They are beautiful to see, but one has to be careful not to look directly at the sun.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
14 Feb
In April, I will try to capture those sundogs with my camera. They are lovely.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
14 Feb
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@stbrians (11882)
• Kakamega, Kenya
14 Feb
A site to behold. Thanks
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
14 Feb
Yes, one of these days I will see some and enjoy the beauty.
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@stbrians (11882)
• Kakamega, Kenya
15 Feb
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@just4him (91872)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Feb
Interesting. I don't think I've ever noticed one.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
14 Feb
I bet they have been right before my eyes, but just did not notice. Will try to see these one day.
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@just4him (91872)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Feb
@Corbin5 I hope you do.
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@LadyDuck (121706)
• Switzerland
14 Feb
I have noticed those glowing spots around the sun, here it happens especially in Summer. I do not think we have a name for this.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
14 Feb
They sure are a pretty sight to see. I think they must have been in the sky many times, but I never took the time to notice.
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@LadyDuck (121706)
• Switzerland
14 Feb
@Corbin5 It happens in Summer when the air up it's a lot colder than the ground.
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@bunnybon7 (33060)
• Holiday, Florida
13 Feb
thats so cool. never even noticed it before
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
13 Feb
I bet we have seen them, but never knew what they were.
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@bunnybon7 (33060)
• Holiday, Florida
13 Feb
@Corbin5 yes true
• Lakewood, Colorado
13 Feb
I saw a photo of one of those not too long ago Deborah. I had never seen one. I sure hope you can catch a photo of a good one.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
13 Feb
Thank you my friend. I do plan on giving that photo a try or two, or three.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
14 Feb
@Corbin5 I hope so good luck
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@LoriAMoore (9987)
• United States
17 Feb
I'm wondering if sundogs bark or bite. hahaha
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
17 Feb
They just bark and have been trained not to bite.
@Tampa_girl7 (21642)
• United States
16 Feb
They are a sight to see. It's easily to be blinded though
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
16 Feb
Yes, one must not stare at those sundogs.
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@PainsOnSlate (19212)
• Canada
15 Feb
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.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
15 Feb
It may have been! I probably have seen them too but did not pay attention. Now I will be on the lookout.
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• Trinidad And Tobago
14 Feb
Cool. I am learning new things every day. Thank you. Hope you are able to get that shot. I saw a shot like this but I never though anything of it. Sundogs, eh? I'll remember that.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
14 Feb
The name was new to me too. I bet I have seen them too but paid them no attention. Will do so from now on.
@FayeHazel (11668)
• United States
14 Feb
Ah they are sort of pretty, but you usually know it's bitterly cold when you see 'em
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
14 Feb
They occur in January, April, August, and October and can be seen from any place in the world, so one has to choose a month and look.
@lokisdad (4307)
• United States
14 Feb
I have seen them before didn't know that they were called that. I like the way it looks its one of those rare things you enjoy like double rainbows. I had taken a picture of one years ago sitting outside after a rain shower.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
14 Feb
So good to hear you were able to photograph a double rainbow. What a lovely sight to see.
@sueznewz2 (9382)
• Alicante, Spain
14 Feb
that's interesting... lovely photo... it would be great to see one for yourself... I think it's too warm in this neck of the woods lol...
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
14 Feb
Well, sundogs can be seen from anywhere in the world due to the ice crystals being far up in the atmosphere.
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@shshiju (9310)
• Cochin, India
14 Feb
That is awesome to watch. Here there is no ice and no sun dogs.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
14 Feb
Well, the research says the sundogs can be seen anywhere in the world since the ice crystals are way up there.
@Fishmomma (11617)
• United States
14 Feb
Hope your able to get a photo. My area gets a lot of sun, so wouldn't have noticed before. I'll try to look for it.
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@Corbin5 (81571)
• United States
14 Feb
I am going to try in April to get a shot of these beauties.