Sun pillar and sun dogs

Sun pillar and sun dogs

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Credit: DAVID VAUGHAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Sun pillar and sun dogs. Man standing in from of a sun pillar (centre) with two sun dogs either side of it. These optical effects are most commonly seen near sunrise or sunset. The sun pillar is caused by sunlight reflecting from the surface of falling ice crystals. The sundogs are caused by horizontally oriented ice crystals refracting the sunlight. Photographed in West Antarctica.

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Keywords: antarctic, antarctica, atmospheric effect, climate, effects, human, male, man, meteorological, meteorology, mock sun, optical effect, parihelia, south pole, sun dog, sun dogs, sun pillar, weather, west antarctica

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