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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 09/19/2008

Photography: Sun Dog Extreme

By Kevin Ambrose

A very bright and colorful sun dog that is visible to the left of the sun. This photo was taken at 6:01 p.m. Wednesday in Fairfax, Va.

On Wednesday evening, I observed one of the best and most vivid examples of a sun dog that I've seen in recent memory. Sun dogs are luminous, colored spots in the sky caused by the refraction of sunlight by six-sided ice crystals in cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. Often, two sun dogs can be seen simultaneously, on opposite sides of the sun. I took a few moments to photograph the scene, which was a bit challenging since the camera was pointed directly into the sun.

Keep reading for more sun dog photos. See our full forecast into early next week, NatCast for tonight's game against the Padres, SkinsCast for Sunday's game at FedEx, and today's pirate forecast.

A zoomed in photo of the sun dog to the left of the sun.

An even more zoomed in photo of the sun dog to the left of the sun.

A photo of the sun dog to the right of the sun. This sun dog was much less bright than the leftmost sun dog.

By Kevin Ambrose  | September 19, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Photography  
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those are beautiful pictures!

Posted by: madison | September 19, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Interesting . . . I was wondering what that was called. I saw it while driving home on the Whitehurst fwy in DC that day. It was a lot easier to see with sunglasses on . . .

Posted by: ah | September 19, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I think it is a sign that Sunday is going to be a good day.


Posted by: ROT | September 20, 2008 5:45 AM | Report abuse

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