2 special sky moments from this week:
The first is from Wednesday morning: the moon and venus in the morning sky, keeping company. Venus, it is called "Morgenstern" here: "morning star", even though it is of course a planet. Nice to see it before the clouds moved in.
And the second one is from this afternoon, a rare sky phenomenon: a (half) sundog. It was visible in the cloud "hole", the rainbow-colored round spot:
Sun dogs are also called mock suns or phantom suns, and 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, in German they are called "Nebensonne", and the scientific name is: Parhelion).
I probably wouldn't have been able to place it, but last year i saw my first full sundog, and caught this picture:
Such a joy, to look up and see those sky moments. Neat, too, that this happened right at skywatch friday.... plus, with sun and venus as photo objects, the photoalso fits into the new photofriday challenge "large" ;)
Here's the post from back then: sundogs in the neigbourhood