Sun dog over Moel y Ci (‘Dog Hill’) (2)

Sun dog over Moel y Ci

Date

5 August 2011
Location

Viewed from Bethesda, Wales

SH 63219 66497; 53.17793°N, 4.04809°W

Information

A sun dog (or parhelion) is a luminous spot on one or both sides of the sun at the same height as the sun. It is formed by refraction through hexagonal plate crystals of ice in high cirrus clouds.

Featured in NASA Earth Science Division’s Earth Science Picture of the Day, 12 October 2011.

Sun dog over Moel y Ci (‘Dog Hill’), 1 September 2010
Sundogs, Parhelia, Mock Suns (Atmospheric Optics)
Sundog formation (Atmospheric Optics)

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Panorama of the Glyderau from Carnedd Dafydd

Panoramic view from close to the summit of Carnedd Daffydd

Date

2 May 2011
Location

Carnedd Dafydd, Carneddau

SH 66142 62941; 53.14672°N, 4.00290°W

Information

With an elevation of 1044 m, Carnedd Dafydd is the fourth highest peak in Wales (when Garnedd Ugain in the Snowdon massif is included). The name of the mountain means David’s Cairn, probably in honour of Dafydd ap Gruffudd, younger brother of the last independent prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd. Dafydd was captured in 1283 and taken to Shrewsbury where he was hanged, drawn and quartered.

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Sun dog over Moel y Ci (‘Dog Hill’)

Sun dog over Moel y Ci

Date

1 September 2010
Location

Viewed from Bethesda, Wales

SH 63219 66497 53.17793°N, 4.04809°W
Further Information

A sun dog (or parhelion) is a luminous spot on one or both sides of the sun at the same height as the sun. It is formed by refraction through hexagonal plate crystals of ice in high cirrus clouds.

Sundogs, Parhelia, Mock Suns (Atmospheric Optics)
Sundog formation (Atmospheric Optics)

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