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[Trivia]Who can identify this?

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Steve, Apr 8, 2006.

  1. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Preferably without researching it on the 'net ;)
  2. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Anyone? Bueller?

    OK, first hint: it's not glare.

    Second hint: the sun is involved.
  3. jfcjrus

    jfcjrus Veteran Member

    I haven't a clue, but I do like these trivia questions of yours.

    However, might I suggest that a better definition digital picture (that us old folks can expand, so we can see the darned thing!) might enable more of us to give it a shot? ;)

    Ok, ok, I'll guess....
    A reflection from the ISS, or MIR, or something like that?

  4. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Well, the picture won't do you any good in a larger size. All there is to see, is there.

    Another hint: a terrestrial phenomenon is responsible for this celestial appearance.
  5. John R. Beanham

    John R. Beanham Typical Aussie Male

    Aurora Australis or Aurora Boriallis?
  6. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?


    This is optical, not electromagnetic.

    No more hints ;)
  7. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    The spectrum of color would indicate the light refracted through some kind of lens, perhaps a naturally occuring lens of water molecules?
  8. Advocat

    Advocat Viral Memes a Speciality Staff Member

    I believe it's what pilots call a "sun dog"... a prismatic reflection of sunlight which seems to create the image of a smaller "sun" about 90 degrees from the actual position of the sun, which would be off to the left of the picture shown.

    Just a guess, of course. ;)
  9. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Spectacular, Shiny! Well done!

    It is indeed, as Advocat notes, a "sun dog", also known as a parhelion.

    It's created when ice crystals in the atmosphere orient themselves, thus creating a prismatic effect and allowing an image of the sun to be projected through the atmosphere at right angles to its actual position.

    A very common phenomenon, actually....

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