A rare phenomenon … 3 suns shine in the sky of a Chinese city for hours
Friday – 29 Safar 1442 AH – October 16, 2020 CE
A screenshot showing the sun in a Chinese city with two bright spots next to it in a phenomenon known as “sun dogs” (Daily Mail)
Beijing: “Middle East Online”
Residents of a Chinese city were astonished to see what seemed to be three suns hanging in the sky at the same time, according to the British newspaper, the Daily Mail.
The optical illusion lasted for three hours yesterday morning (Thursday) in Mohe, the northernmost city near the Russian border and part of Daxing Anling District.
This scene is caused by a natural phenomenon known as “sun dogs,” which rarely occurs in China, according to experts.
The stunning scene appeared from 6:30 in the morning until 9:30 in the morning. The Daxing Anling fire brigade said in a post on social media while sharing a video of the scene that it was one of the longest running “sun dog” phenomena in the area in recent years.
Pictures and footage uploaded by the Chinese meteorological authorities show two bright points, called “Phantom Suns”, appearing on the left and right sides of the actual sun that was shining from a town of 20,000 people.
The phenomenon of “sun dogs” occurs when sunlight passes through ice crystals at high altitudes in thin clouds. This phenomenon is also called “Parhelion”.
“Sun dogs” can occur anywhere in the world, and seeing them is always “interesting,” said Graham Madge, a spokesman for the British Met Office. Sometimes, he added, the phenomenon could form multi-colored spots – like sections of rainbows – or in this case it could appear as multiple suns.
“The atmosphere is constantly changing, and there are often interesting things that can be seen for those who have the dedication to look at them,” Madge said.
An unusually bright moon could generate the same effect, but this example is very rare, according to the Met Office.
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