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Sundog lights up frigid suburban skies

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  • The sundog over Interstate 90 in Arlington Heights Monday morning.

      The sundog over Interstate 90 in Arlington Heights Monday morning.
    Jeff Knox

  • The sundog over Kirchoff Road in Rolling Meadows.

      The sundog over Kirchoff Road in Rolling Meadows.
    Collen Thomas

  • The sundog over Interstate 90 in Fox Valley.

      The sundog over Interstate 90 in Fox Valley.
    Jim Baumann

 
 

Did you know what a parhelion was before today?

Not many of us did, but we quickly learned after pictures of Monday morning's parhelion in suburban skies started appearing all over social media.

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Parhelion is the scientific name for sundog, which is when bright patches of light can be seen to the left or right of the sun -- almost like a halo.

Sundogs are most commonly seen during very cold weather when the sun's is viewed through cirrus clouds made up of falling ice crystals.

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