Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Steve, Apr 8, 2006.
Preferably without researching it on the 'net
OK, first hint: it's not glare.
Second hint: the sun is involved.
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?
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.
Aurora Australis or Aurora Boriallis?
This is optical, not electromagnetic.
No more hints
The spectrum of color would indicate the light refracted through some kind of lens, perhaps a naturally occuring lens of water molecules?
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.
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....