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Have you ever seen a little rainbow off to the side of the Sun? Rare but rewarding to see, such spectacles are known as sundogs, mock suns or parhelia. Sundogs are just sunlight refracting through hexagonal falling ice crystals in the Earth's atmosphere. When thin ice crystals flitter down nearly horizontally, they best refract sunlight sideways and create sundogs. Alternatively, randomly oriented ice crystals may create a complete circular sun halo. Sundogs occur 22 degrees to each side of a setting or rising Sun, although sometimes nearby clouds can block one or both. The above image was taken through a handled 200mm zoom in Settimo Torinese, Italy. [Text adapted from APOD]

Optics: Canon EF 70-200mm L USM F4 @200
Camera: Canon 5D MkII - Baader Modded
Dates/Times: 29 March 2014 18.43 LT
Location: Settimo Torinese - Torino - Italy
Processing: PS CS5