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Pat Shingleton: "Sky Watching..."

4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, January 21 2015 Jan 21, 2015 January 21, 2015 3:00 AM January 21, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

An elderly lady from Gonzales left a voice-message believing that her eyes deceived her. She noted, "There's a rainbow against the Sun!" She continued, "I need to know what this is, I thought that maybe I cracked!" What she experienced Monday was a halo or sundog. Ice crystals in the upper atmosphere act as prisms and when sunlight, or moonlight passes through the crystals the rays bend or refract. The most common angle of refraction is 22 degrees and when bright patches form they are sundogs. Harvey Schwartzberg experienced an extraordinary display of light in the Eastern sky Monday evening. I mentioned it on my weathercast. Avid astronomer Norm Ryan verified that it was Jupiter as refraction came into play again causing "rippled" light.

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