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This would have been a mobile post if I wasn't already downtown with my computer. I have never seen such a perfect and vivid sundog. Here are what few photos I could take with my iPhone. If you're reading this around 1:30pm today (Friday June 3) stop reading my stupid post and go outside. It's really something.
[more photos below]
For the curious, here's more on Sundogs:
"Sundogs are made commonly of plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals in high and cold cirrus clouds or, during very cold weather, by ice crystals called diamond dust drifting in the air at low levels. These crystals act as prisms, bending the light rays passing through them with a minimum deflection of 22°. If the crystals are randomly oriented, a complete ring around the sun is seen — a halo. But often, as the crystals sink through the air they become vertically aligned, so sunlight is refracted horizontally — in this case, sundogs are seen.
As the sun rises higher, the rays passing through the crystals are increasingly skewed from the horizontal plane. Their angle of deviation increases and the sundogs move further from the sun. However, they always stay at the same elevation as the sun.
Sundogs are red-colored at the side nearest the sun. Farther out the colors grade through oranges to blue. However, the colors overlap considerably and so are muted, never pure or saturated. The colors of the sundog finally merge into the white of theparhelic circle (if the latter is visible)." - from Wikipedia
Here's a video:
And some more photos:
So THAT happened.