'Sundogs' Spotted in Plainfield

If you thought you were seeing three suns in the sky Monday morning, your eyes weren't playing tricks on you. Find out what caused the phenomenon.

Credit: Dawn Pemble Gossman
Credit: Dawn Pemble Gossman
If you were out and about in the frigid temperatures Monday morning, you likely got a special treat for braving the cold.

Early Monday, phenomena known as sundogs could be seen as the sun rose, creating the illusion of not one, but three suns.

From Wikipedia: 
"A sun dog (or sundog), mock sun[1] or phantom sun,[2] scientific name parhelion (plural parhelia), is an atmospheric phenomenonthat creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.[3]

Sundogs may appear as a colored patch of light to the left or right of the sun, 22° distant and at the same distance above the horizon as the sun, and in ice halos. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sundogs are best seen and are most conspicuous when the sun is low."

Plainfield Patch fans shared pics of the amazing sight on Facebook; click through the gallery to see the beautiful photos they captured.

Plus, check out the snow photos readers have shared with Plainfield Patch.


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