KSN explains what a sun dog is

Photo Courtesy: Darrin Hiebert
Photo Courtesy: Darrin Hiebert

WICHITA, Kansas – Early Wednesday, some of you may have seen something that looked like three suns, one on each side as it began to rise.

It’s called a sun dog or a mock sun.

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It’s simply a reflection of the sunlight in the morning hours, especially on frigid winter mornings.

The reflections create a small halo or circle that can best be seen at the horizon on either side of the sun.

As the sun begins to rise, the sunlight passes through the ice crystals and is bent at 22 degrees before reaching your eyes which creates a beautiful effect of a vertical rainbow.

If you missed Wednesday’s sun dog, there will be plenty more chances to possibly see one heading into the weekend with more frigid mornings on tap and snow in the forecast.

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