Thankfully people do not have to venture out into the cold void of outer space to find a solar phenomenon as they are right here on Earth in the form of Sundogs.
Sundogs occur when the light of the sun gets refracted by any ice crystals that are in the atmosphere, and it results in beautiful solar halos and orbs that glow and move gently over the sky and look like there are three suns. Residents of Murmansk Oblast in Russia were treated to a wondrous sight on 18 November 2017 when the phenomenon was captured on film during sunset.
Winter is typically the best time to see sundogs as this is when the ice crystals are more commonly seen. Aristotle once said that he had seen two mock suns, which were the sundogs, rising with the sun, and they had followed it throughout the day until the sunset in the sky. He went on to say that mock suns are always found to the sides of the sun, and they are never seen below and above and are usually more commonly seen at sunset or sunrise but not very often in the middle of the day.
Russia is not the only region where sundogs have been recently spotted in November. On 13 November residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama were also treated to the rare spectacle. In this case, a double sundog and halo were seen after the sunlight refracted through the cirrus clouds which were high in the sky and made a prism. Halos are said to be similar to the sundogs, and the weather service said that it is a light ring that forms the sun or the moon when it reflects light from the ice crystals.
Sundogs were also seen in the sky above the south of Mississippi on 14 November, and a meteorologist said that the best time to see the phenomenon is when the angle of the sun is low. He went on to say that in each of the sundogs the colors are red closer to the sun and change through to blue on the outer side of the sundog. It was also pointed out that sundogs do not just occur in sunlight, they can also happen under moonlight, but that is called a moon dog.