Unusual Snow Bow Or Sun Dogs Spotted In Los Alamos

This unusual and amazing snow bow or sun dog was spotted early this morning from Woodland Road in Los Alamos. Sun dogs, mock suns or phantom suns, scientific name parhelia (singular parhelion), are an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a pair of bright spots on either side on the Sun, often co-occurring with a luminous ring known as a 22° halo. Sun dogs are a member of a large family of halos, created by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere. Sun dogs typically appear as two subtly colored patches of light to the left and right of the Sun, approximately 22° distant and at the same elevation above the horizon as the Sun. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sun dogs are best seen and are most conspicuous when the Sun is close to the horizon. Source: wikipedia. Photo by Linda Hoffman

Amazing sun dogs/ice halos seen from the north Mesa stables this morning. Photo by Jeff Bloch

Amazing sun dogs/ice halos seen this morning from the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Jeff Bloch

Amazing sun dogs/ice halos seen this morning from the North Mesa Stables. Photo by Jeff Bloch

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