Last week, I was on the way back home when I spotted this sky phenomenon: a halo around the sun. Also called "Sundogs". It looked unreal, and remained there for some minutes. I parked in the next possible spot to catch the picture. There also is a larger version of the photo online.
This happened about 5 minutes from where I live: a sky miracle directly in the neighbourhood.
Here's more about the sun dogs:
Sun dogs, also called 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. (More here: wiki/Sundog)Such a surprise. Earlier this year, I already spotted my first-ever sky halo, one that looks like a rainbow-colored cloud: a "Circumhorizontal Arc". While figuring out what the cloud was, I learned about the types of halos, so this time at least I knew that this was a natural phenomenon.
Here's the photo of the Circumhorizontal Arc:
That was June 27. And the sundog was: October 27... seems like someone in the sky likes to play on 27ths.
more skies: skywatch friday